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Weather : an illustrated history : from cloud atlases to climate change / Andrew Revkin with Lisa Mechaley.

By: Revkin, Andrew.
Contributor(s): Mechaley, Lisa [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Sterling, [2018]Copyright date: ©2018Description: xi, 212 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 23 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781454921400; 1454921404.Other title: Weather.Subject(s): Weather | Meteorology -- HistoryDDC classification: 551.6 Summary: Colorful and captivating, Weather: An Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today's headlines and tomorrow's forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London's Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science.-- Amazon.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Beautifully illustrated . . . Think of this book like dining on tapas, boasting savory flavors, some unexpected, that constitute a satisfying whole." -- Washington Post

Andrew Revkin , strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism at the National Geographic Society and former senior climate reporter at ProPublica, presents an intriguing illustrated history of humanity's evolving relationship with Earth's dynamic climate system and the wondrous weather it generates.

Colorful and captivating, Weather : An Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today's headlines and tomorrow's forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London's Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-208) and index.

Colorful and captivating, Weather: An Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today's headlines and tomorrow's forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London's Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change. Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science.-- Amazon.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. viii)
  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • 4.567 Billion BCE Earth Gets an Atmosphere (p. 1)
  • 4.3 Billion BCE Water World (p. 3)
  • 2.9 Billion BCE Pink Skies and Ice (p. 5)
  • 2.7 Billion BCE First Fossil Traces of Raindrops (p. 7)
  • 2.4 Billion-423 Million BCE The Icy Path to Fire (p. 9)
  • 252 Million BCE Lethal Heat and the "Great Dying" (p. 11)
  • 66 Million BCE Dinosaurs' Demise, Mammals Rise (p. 13)
  • 56 Million BCE The Feverish Eocene (p. 15)
  • 34 Million BCE A Southern Ocean Chills Things (p. 17)
  • 10 Million BCE The Rise of Tibet and the Asian Monsoon (p. 19)
  • 100,000 BCE Climate Pulse Propels Populations (p. 21)
  • 15,000 BCE A Super Drought (p. 23)
  • 9,700 BCE The Fertile Crescent (p. 25)
  • 5,300 BCE North Africa Dries and the Pharaohs Rise (p. 27)
  • 5,000 BCE Agriculture Warms the Climate (p. 29)
  • 350 BCE Aristotle's Meteorologies (p. 31)
  • 300 BCE China Shifts from Mythology to Meteorology (p. 33)
  • 1088 ce Shen Kuo Writes of Climate Change (p. 35)
  • 1100 Medieval Warmth to a Little Ice Age (p. 37)
  • 1571 The Age of Sail (p. 39)
  • 1603 The Invention of Temperature (p. 41)
  • 1637 Deciphering the Rainbow (p. 43)
  • 1644 The Weight of the Atmosphere (p. 45)
  • 1645 A Spotless Sun (p. 47)
  • 1714 Fahrenheit Standardizes Degrees (p. 49)
  • 1721 Four Seasons on Four Strings (p. 51)
  • 1735 Mapping the Winds (p. 53)
  • 1752 Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod (p. 55)
  • 1755 Franklin Chases a Whirlwind (p. 57)
  • 1783 First Weather Balloon Flight (p. 59)
  • 1792 The Farmer's Almanac (p. 61)
  • 1802 Luke Howard Names the Clauds (p. 63)
  • 1802 Humboldt Maps a Connected Planet (p. 65)
  • 1806 Beaufort Classifies the Winds (p. 67)
  • 1814 London's Last Frost Fair (p. 69)
  • 1816 An Eruption, Famine, and Monsters (p. 71)
  • 1818 Watermelon Snow (p. 73)
  • 1830 An Umbrella for Everyone (p. 75)
  • 1840 Ice Ages Revealed (p. 77)
  • 1841 Peat Bog History (p. 79)
  • 1845 Cold Dooms an Arctic Explorer (p. 81)
  • 1856 Scientists Discover Greenhouse Gases (p. 83)
  • 1859 Space Weather Comes to Earth (p. 85)
  • 1861 First Weather Forecasts (p. 87)
  • 1862 California's Great Deluge (p. 89)
  • 1870 Meteorology Gets Useful (p. 91)
  • 1871 Midwestern Firestorms (p. 93)
  • 1880 "Snowflake" Bentley (p. 95)
  • 1882 Coordinating Arctic Science (p. 97)
  • 1884 First Photographs of Tornadoes (p. 99)
  • 1886 Groundhog Day (p. 101)
  • 1887 Putting Wind to Work (p. 103)
  • 1888 The Great White Hurricane (p. 105)
  • 1888 Deadliest Hailstorm (p. 107)
  • 1896 First International Cloud Atlas (p. 109)
  • 1896 Coal, CO 2 , and the Climate (p. 111)
  • 1900 A Mighty Storm (p. 113)
  • 1902 "Manufactured Weather" (p. 115)
  • 1903 The Windshield Wiper (p. 117)
  • 1903 A Dry Discovery (p. 119)
  • 1911 The Great Blue Norther (p. 121)
  • 1912 Orbits and Ice Ages (p. 123)
  • 1922 A "Forecast Factory" (p. 125)
  • 1931 "China's Sorrow" (p. 127)
  • 1934 The Fastest Wind Gust (p. 129)
  • 1935 The Dust Bowl (p. 131)
  • 1941 Russia's "General Winter" (p. 133)
  • 1943 Hurricane Hunters (p. 135)
  • 1944 The Jet Stream Becomes a Weapon (p. 137)
  • 1946 Rainmakers (p. 139)
  • 1950 The First Computerized Forecast (p. 141)
  • 1950 Tornado Warnings Advance (p. 143)
  • 1952 London's Great Smog (p. 145)
  • 1953 North Sea Flood (p. 147)
  • 1958 The Rising Curve of CO 2 (p. 149)
  • 1960 Watching Weather from Orbit (p. 151)
  • 1960 Chaos and Climate (p. 153)
  • 1965 A President's Climate Warning (p. 155)
  • 1967 Climate Models Come of Age (p. 157)
  • 1973 Storm Chasing Gets Scientific (p. 159)
  • 1975 Dangerous Downbursts Revealed (p. 161)
  • 1978 Sea Level Threat in Antarctic Ice (p. 163)
  • 1983 The Coldest Place on Earth (p. 165)
  • 1983 Nuclear Winter (p. 167)
  • 1986 Forecasting El Niño (p. 169)
  • 1988 Global Warming Becomes News (p. 171)
  • 1989 Proof of Electrical "Sprites" (p. 173)
  • 1993 Climate Clues in Ice and Mud (p. 175)
  • 2006 The Human Factor in Weather Disasters (p. 177)
  • 2006 Climate by Design? (p. 179)
  • 2006 Long-Distance Dust (p. 181)
  • 2007 Tracking the Oceans' Climate Role (p. 183)
  • 2012 Science Probes the Political Climate (p. 185)
  • 2012 Settling a Hot Debate (p. 187)
  • 2014 The Polar Vortex (p. 189)
  • 2015 Climate Diplomacy from Rio through Paris (p. 191)
  • 2016 Arctic Sea Ice Retreat (p. 193)
  • 2016 Extreme Lightning (p. 195)
  • 2017 Reefs Feel the Heat (p. 197)
  • 102,018 ce An End to Ice Ages? (p. 199)
  • Contributors (p. 200)
  • References (p. 201)
  • Image Credits (p. 209)
  • Index (p. 210)
  • About the Authors (p. 212)