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Extreme Weather: A Guide and Record Book (Revised and Updated) Revised and Updated Edition
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My favorite parts of the book were the pictures which were glorious and the historical records. I also like the older photos and the information that went with them. I would have liked to see more of those in the book.
For people who like books like The Guiness Records, and things like that, this book is right up your alley.
I did however retain my interest in the weather. Fast forward to the present many many years later and my wife brings home a copy of Extreme Weather from the library. I devoured the book. With my poor eyesight and arthritic neck I devour few books these days. After reading it I knew I had to have a copy to re-read at my leisure. It is chock full with facts, wonderful anecdotes, and first hand accounts of extreme and rare weather events written in a language that the non-professional can easily understand and enjoy. Throughout the book are many tables of records from all over the United States and the whole world. The back of the book lists many more weather record extremes including state and city records.
I hope the book is revised again in the next few years as climate change (whatever the cause) seems to lead to new extremes in weather across our planet.
R. E. G.
But it turns out that the United States has more extreme weather than any other country. Author Christopher Burt says it is because America is big enough to encompass both cold northern air and warm southern air, without the east-west mountains that Eurasia has to keep them apart. Most American extreme weather champions are west of the Mississippi, with another concentration around the Gulf of Mexico.
Burt has the character to write about weather without reference to climate alarmism, a rare feat these days. He states, correctly, that even if the globe were warming, we would still get new records every year at both ends: cold and hot, warm and dry.
Although he takes pains to isolate his weather enthusiasm from climate change controversy, that doesn't mean the reader cannot draw his own conclusions. Most amusing is the list of F5 tornadoes.
We have been promised, repeatedly, that emitting carbon dioxide will result in more and more violent storms. The worst tornadoes, called F5 (more recently EF5) occur only in the United States, thanks to our curious topography. Burt has a list by decades.
From 1900-1909, there were 4. In the following decades, the totals were 5, 6, 5, 6, 13, 15, 13. Well, well, well, this is looking quite promising for the Chicken Littles, nearly three times as many in the second half the 20th century as in the first half.
Oops! Only 3 in the decade of the '80s. Then 10 in the '90s. But, oops again, we have concluded the Oughties with only 2.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a perfect gift for anyone into the weather and it also serves as an excellent source for all sorts of extremely interesting weather facts. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by winterwx
A nice "coffee table" reference book with weather records accross the world. I'm not sure how the information helps everyday life but it's fun.Published on January 25, 2013 by Stephen C. Corona
I wanted this book for one reason: the picture of ball lightning. I'm not into the whole climate-change, global warming issue, debate, what have you, but the book is packed with... Read morePublished on May 5, 2011 by PM
I bought this book for my son-in-law for Christmas. He loves books,videos, and anything to do with the weather. He thought it was an excellent book.Published on January 6, 2009 by tweetylynn