Extraordinary Weather: Wonders of the Atmosphere from Dust Storms to Lighting Strikes

Extraordinary Weather: Wonders of the Atmosphere from Dust Storms to Lighting Strikes

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By (author) Richard Hamblyn

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  • Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 200mm x 13mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 27 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Newton Abbot
  • ISBN 10: 1446301915
  • ISBN 13: 9781446301913
  • Illustrations note: 100 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 232,760

Product description

An incredible collection of truly breathtaking weather phenomena. Produced in association with the Met Office, the world's premier weather forecasting bureau, Extraordinary Weather unearths astonishing photographs and compelling satellite imagery that reveals the otherworldly, wayward and often ambiguous nature of the weather. From the beautiful snow rollers that can form on icy rooftops to the dramatic lightshow of volcanic lightning, these powerful images?accompanied by commentary from the award winning Richard Hamblyn?inform and explain the science behind the most extraordinary weather phenomena ever seen. Extraordinary Weather presents a beautiful and dramatic visual exhibition of the perpetually changing sky, bringing us closer to the natural world. Discover the world's altering climate and its affects all around us, explore weather events on a larger scale through powerful satellite imagery, and learn of unusual and out of the ordinary weather phenomena considered unbelievable until you have seen them with your own eyes. Acclaimed author Richard Hamblyn celebrates both impressive natural and man-made weather wonders from frost feathers created by rime ice to wingtip vortices formed by accelerating aircraft. The six themed chapters of the book explore storms and tempests, ice and snow, heat and drought, atmospherics, strange phenomena and man-made weather revealed through some of the most visually stunning and intriguing photographs and satellite images seen yet.

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Author information

Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Cloud Book (2008), Extraordinary Clouds (2009) and The Invention of Clouds (2002), which won the LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is currently Writer in Residence at the Environment Institute, University College London.

Table of contents

1. Storm, Tempests & Floods; Hurricanes, Waterspouts, Giant Waves, Big Winds Downpours, Floods and Inundations; 2. Ice & Snow; Snowstorms and Drifts, Avalanches, Snow Rollers, Icicles, Hail, Frost Phenomena; 3. Heat & Drought; Dust Storms, Droughts, Desertifiction, Forest Fires; 4. Atmospherics; Fogs, Lightning, Mirages, Weird Clouds, Fogbows, Brocken Spectre, Green Ray, Aurora; 5. Strange Phenomena; Volcano Weather, Earthquake Weather, Rain of Fish; 6. Man-Made Weather; Rainmaking, Contrails, Climate Change.