And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind

And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind

A Natural History of Moving Air

eBook - 2016
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The gnashing teeth of an oncoming storm. Wind-launched missiles and wind-tossed airplanes. Sand dunes and the Dust Bowl, shipwrecks and wind-riding spiders, weather forecasting, wind power, windmills, and wars; on page after page of his brisk and fascinating book, Bill Streever reveals wind's real nature--and its history-shaping force. Seeking a deep immersion in his subject, Streever will go to any extreme. So, after a three-day course, this novice sailor set out on a vintage fifty-year-old sailboat named after Don Quixote's horse, and sailed east from Texas to Guatemala over 43 days and 1000 miles. How better to explore and experience the winds that built empires, the storms that wrecked them, and the surprising history and science of moving air? From history's great violent storms to the impacts of weather on life and business, from wind's energy to its power to give and destroy life, this is a thrilling read.--Adapted from dust jacket.
"Offers entertaining and science-based observations on the wind, from the world's first forecasts, to Chaos Theory, wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes and wind-generated power. By the best-selling author of Cold and Heat,"--NoveList.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316410588
Branch Call Number: EBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (308 pages) : illustrations


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Jan 19, 2017

Good read about the history of the complex science of meteorology. Of even greater interest as the earth is faced with more extreme weather brought about by climate change. The science is set against the backdrop of a sailing expedition of a man and his wife from Galveston to Guatemala. Most interesting because they are really very novice sailors and the boat lacks some features that would provide a level of safety that they could have benefitted from.


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