de VILLIERS, Marq
Title: Windswept : The Story of Wind and Weather. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 2006, ISBN:0771026447
Seller ID: 71483
de VILLIERS, Marq. Windswept : The Story of Wind and Weather . (Toronto) : McClelland and Stewart, (2006). First Printing. Pp. (10),-338,(4). 8vo (150 x 215 mm), blue cloth with siver lettering to spine. Marq de Villiers, CM (b. 1940, Bloemfontein, South Africa). "Although sometimes enormously destructive, wind is also one of the elements that make life on Earth possible. Without it, the intense solar radiation beating down on the tropics would have no way of escaping. Wind warms the higher latitudes and moderates the equatorial regions, and carries evaporated moisture from oceans to land, where the moisture descends as rain. Wind sculpted the rivers that nurturedthe earliest of human civilizations. Even hurricanes are an essential part of the planet's self-regulatory system. Windswept is the story of humankin d's long struggle to understand wind and weather - from the wind gods of ancient times to early discoveries of the dynamics of air movement to high-tech schemes to control hurricanes. Marq de Villiers is equally adept at explaining the science of wind as he is at presenting dramatic personal storiesof encounters with gales and storms. Running through his narrative is the dramatic story of Hurricane Ivan, the only storm on record to three times reach Category 5 status (sustaining winds greater than 155 miles per hour) in its path of death and destruction from the Sahara to North America, whereit traveled from Texas to Newfoundland. We have made great strides in unde rstanding how wind affects weather, but much is left to learn about how global warming and pollution may impact the winds themselves. The stakes are high because, as Hurricane Katrina so vividly reminded us, anything that affects the winds eventually affects human life." (from the dj). Contents: 1. Wind's Mystery and Meaning, 2. Wind's Great Theater, 3. The Search for Understanding, 4. Wind's Intricate Patterns, 5. The Art of Prediction, 6. The Most Furious Gale, 7. An Ill Wind, 8. The Technology of Wind. Appendices : 1. The Composition of the Modern Atmosphere; 2. The Beaufort Scale; 3. The Saffir - Simpson Hurricane Scale; 4. Hurricane Strikes in the U.S.; 5. Canadian Tropical Cyclone Statistics; 6. World's Worast Tropical Cyclones (Hurricanes and Typhoons, by Year, with Casualties); 7. Wind Speed Variation within the Hurricane Eyewall, by Elevation; 8. Worst Winter Storms on Record; 9. The Fujita Tornado Scale; 10. Worst Tornadoes in the Twentieth Century byYear; 11. Wind Force Table; 12. The Canadian Wind Chill Index. With numero us appendices, end-notes and an index. Very good in dustjacket. 20.00