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

Author(s): John D. Cox

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This story of the development of meterology - from the time of Aristotle up to current-day breakthroughs in weather prediction - recounts the greatest storms in history - and the epic quest by pioneering scientists to figure out how to accurately predict the weather.


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"A fascinating volume in which John D. Cox looks at both the science and the personalities of the men who made modern meteorology." (The Associated Press) "...a fascinating volume in which John D. Cox looks both at the science and personality of the men who made modern meteorology..." (The Associated Press, 14 October 2002) "...This lively, inspiring account reveals the courage and bravery of the early weather pioneers..." (, 15 May 2003)

JOHN D. COX, a veteran science writer, is also the author of Weather for Dummies(r), 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 Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he studied oceanography and atmospheric science.

Introduction. PART I: A Newborn Babe. 1. Benjamin Franklin: Chasing the Wind. 2. Luke Howard: Naming the Clouds. 3. James Glaisher: Taking to the Air. PART II: American Storms. 4. William C. Redfield: Walking the Path of Destruction. 5. James P. Espy: "The Storm Breeder". 6. Elias Loomis: Mapping the Storm. 7. Joseph Henry: Setting the Stage. 8. Matthew Fontaine Maury: A Storm of Controversy. 9. William Ferrel: A Shy Genius. PART III: The Main Artery. 10. Robert FitzRoy: Prophet Without Honor. 11. Urbain J. J. Le Verrier: Clouds over Crimea. 12. Cleveland Abbe: "Ol' Probabilities". 13. John P. Finley: Down Tornado Alley. 14. Mark W. Harrington: Civilian Casualty. 15. Isaac Monroe Cline: Taking Galveston by Storm. 16. Gilbert Walker: The Southern Oscillation. 17. C. LeRoy Meisinger: Death by Daring. PART IV: Together at the Front. 18. Vilhelm Bjerknes: The Bergen Schoolmaster. 19. Lewis Fry Richardson: The Forecasting Factory. 20. Jacob Bjerknes: From Polar Front to El Nino. 21. Tor Bergeron: A Gifted Vision. 22. Carl--Gustaf Rossby: Conquering the Weather Bureau. 23. Sverre Petterssen: Forecasting for D--Day. PART V: Suddenly New Science. 24. Jule Gregory Charney: Mastering the Math. 25. Jerome Namias: The Long Ranger. 26. Edward N. Lorenz: Calculating Chaos. 27. Tetsuya Theodore Fujita: Divining the Downburst. 28. Ants Leetmaa: Out on a Limb. Bibliography. Index.

General Fields

  • : 9780471381082
  • : wiley
  • : wiley
  • : September 2002
  • : 242mm X 181mm X 23mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John D. Cox
  • : Hardback
  • : 551.6309
  • : 252
  • : Ill.