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How It Works Book of Extreme WeatherHow It Works Book of Extreme Weather

How It Works Book of Extreme Weather

How It Works Book of Extreme Weather 2nd Edition

Extreme weather events like lightning strikes, hurricanes, monsoons and floods affect people around the world every day. This book looks at the most destructive natural phenomena, their impact on the environment and how humankind attempts to predict and control it. We even speak to Michael Fish about his career at the UK Met Office and that fateful storm of 1987! Featuring: 50 amazing weather facts - Trouble-shoot the weather with these amazing quick facts. Deadly weather - Witness the destructive power of mother nature now! Science of weather - Understand the theory behind Earth’s extreme weather events. Space weather - Take a closer look at the weather phenomena that are out of this world!

國家/地區:
United Kingdom
語言:
English
出版商:
Future Publishing Ltd
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welcome to how it works book of extreme weather

It’s part of human nature to discuss the weather on a daily basis, but beyond a slight drizzle or chill in the air, what do we know about the wildest weather to hit planet Earth? Extreme weather events like lightning strikes, hurricanes, monsoons and floods affect people around the world every day, so it is important to understand the science behind them to avoid death and destruction. This book looks at the most destructive natural phenomena, their impact on the environment and how humankind attempts to predict and control it. We even speak to Michael Fish about his career at the UK Met Office and that fateful storm of 1987. So take a look at the extraordinary sights to behold on Earth (and beyond)!…

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extreme weather

‘A butterfly flaps its wings in China and a hurricane hits Florida’ – or at least so goes the well-known saying. That’s usually a metaphorical expression that describes the Butterfly Effect, the idea that the sequence of events which leads to an eventual outcome is so chaotic and so far removed from its source that it’s near impossible to determine. In the case of predicting the weather, however, it can be taken literally. Although meteorologists might not be quite at the stage of pinning a specific weather pattern down to the movements of an insect, they have got the science of weather prediction down to a fine art. But they do get it wrong sometimes. In mid-October 1987, UK meteorologists predicted a spot of bad weather would hit the south coast…

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airborne invaders

Australian Dust Storm 2009 saw a dust storm of enormous proportions engulf the Australian territories of New South Wales and Queensland. It was nearly 3,500 kilometres (2,175 miles) long at its peak. Meteorologists suspect that a low-pressure front and 100-kilometre (62-mile)-perhour winds picked up dust from the dry interior and carried it to the coast. Réunion Island rains The island of Réunion, east of Madagascar, boasts seven of the world’s top ten rainfall records, including: 182.4 centimetres (71.8 inches) in 24 hours and 5.7 metres (18.63 feet) in ten days. Meschera money storm In the summer of 1940, a shower of 1,000 or so 16thcentury silver coins reportedly dropped on the Meschera region of Russia during a violent storm. It’s suspected that the coins were from a buried treasure hoard that was ripped out of…

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cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes

What’s the difference between a cyclone, a typhoon and a hurricane? In fact, there is none. These are the regional names given to a certain type of violent storm. So, cyclones occur in the south Pacific and Indian Ocean, typhoons in the north-west Pacific, while in the Atlantic or north-east Pacific they’re called hurricanes. These violent storms are characterised by extremely strong winds that can gust in excess of 200 kilometres (125 miles) per hour, torrential rain, floods and extremely high seas. At the centre of these storms is an ‘eye’, a circular region typically between 30 and 65 kilometres (20 and 40 miles) wide that moves with the storm and marks the low point of the atmospheric depression. The eye itself is cold, deceptively calm and sunny, though the strongest…

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50 strange facts about weather

We like to be able to control everything, but weather – those changes in the Earth’s atmosphere that spell out rain, snow, wind, heat, cold and more – is one of those things that is just beyond our power. Maybe that’s why a cloudless sunny day or a spectacular display of lightning both have the ability to delight us. Meteorologists have come a long way in their capability to predict weather patterns, track changes and forecast what we can expect to see when we leave our homes each day. But they’re not always right. It’s not their fault; we still don’t completely understand all of the processes that contribute to changes in the weather. Here’s what we do know: all weather starts with contrasts in air temperature and moisture in the…

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surviving extreme earth

KEY DATES ROALD AMUNDSEN’S EXPEDITION Aug 1910 Amundsen and his team set off from Christiania, Denmark with nearly 100 Greenland dogs. Jan 1911 The boat reaches the Ross Ice Shelf, sailing closer to the Pole than Scott’s team, giving them an advantage. Sept 1911 In their first bid to get closer to the Pole, bad weather forces them to race back to their base. Dec 1911 By reaching 88°23’S, the team is further south than anyone has ever travelled before. Dec 1911 Amundsen reaches the South Pole where he and his team place a Norwegian flag at the site. DID YOU KNOW?Roald Amundsen beat Robert Scott to the South Pole by 34 days, despite Scott beginning eight weeks earlier For many of us, the toughest conditions we’d ever have to face would probably be walking the dog in the bucketing rain. However,…

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