Storm Watchers: The Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin's Kite to El Niño

August 19, 2002|
Storm Watchers: The Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin's Kite to El Niño by John D. Cox
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A lively, inspiring account of the pioneers who sought toaccurately predict the weather

Benjamin Franklin . . . James P. Espy . . . Cleveland Abbe . . .Carl-Gustaf Rossby . . . Jule G. Charney . . . just a few of theremarkable individuals who struggled against formidable odds tounderstand the atmosphere and predict the weather. Where they sawpatterns and processes, others saw randomness and tumult-and yetthey strove to make their voices heard, often saving lives in theprocess.

Storm Watchers takes you on a fascinating journey through time thatcaptures the evolution of weather forecasting. From the age whenmeteorology was considered one step removed from sorcery to themodern-day wizardry of supercomputers, John Cox introduces you tothe pioneering scientists whose work fulfilled an ancient dream andmade it possible to foretell the future. He tells the little-knownstories of these weathermen, such as Ptolemy's weather predictionsbased on astrology, John Finley's breakthrough research inidentifying tornadoes, and Tor Bergeron's new techniques of weatherforecasting, which contributed to its final worldwideacceptance.

Filled with extraordinary tales of bravery and sacrifice, StormWatchers will make you think twice the next time you turn on thelocal news to catch the weather report.
JOHN D. COX, a veteran science writer, is also the author of Weather for Dummies, which the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society called "extraordinary." His journalism experience includes work at the Sacramento Bee, Reuter Ltd., and United Press International. In 1995, Cox was awarded a Knight Science Journalism Fe...
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Title:Storm Watchers: The Turbulent History of Weather Prediction from Franklin's Kite to El NiñoFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:252 pages, 9.63 X 6.34 X 0.95 inShipping dimensions:252 pages, 9.63 X 6.34 X 0.95 inPublished:August 19, 2002Publisher:WileyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:047138108X

ISBN - 13:9780471381082

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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