I'm thinking maybe I should. English Little, Brown and Company, 2016. You'll never see a breeze in the same light again. Since wind is created by pressure differentials, and pressure differentials are mainly caused by hot air rising and cool air descending, and the coolest parts of the earth are the extreme latitudes, then it reasons that anything affecting the change in temperature at the extreme latitudes would have an effect on global winds. This review originally published in.
FitzRoy moved from keeping statistics to attempting forecasts. This subject demands maps, charts and illustrations to truly illuminate the reader about, say, the Coriolis effect, the butterfly patters of chaotic sequences in weather simulations, etc. Streever navigates his story and research as well as his sailboat on the sea, guiding us from one biographical anecdote to a story from history and back with ease. Evocative scientific explanations also punctuate his exploits. 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? And fast-forward to now, when super computers process thousands of barometric pressure readings around the world so isobar lines can be calculated and the current everyday weather map can be drawn. The E-mail message field is required. So with this reasoning, the author concludes the book touching on the debate over climate change.
When Streever, a biologist and nature writer, deals with a natural phenomenon, he does so with aplomb, plunging into the Arctic Ocean in Cold 2009 and walking on coals in Heat 2013. It's a really handy device. Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind--the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them. 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. In most cases, the reviews are necessarily limited to those that were available to us ahead of publication.
Very cleverly, however, author Bill Streever weaves this scientific story into an account of a nearly two-month sailing trip that he and his fellow biologist wife undertook from Galveston, Texas to Florida and then across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of the Yucatan and eventually south to Guatemala. What better way to stay interested in understanding weather than seeing how that understanding plays out in surviving a real ocean voyage? Streever absorbingly explains the processes that make air move. Especially back in 1861, when the first forecast was published. Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind--the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them--by traveling right through it. The search results will contain those words in that order. I think I would have preferred two separate books on the subject, or perhaps an extended introduction about his sailing experience followed by the actual history. It's not clear how accurate it was, but in general the quality of the forecasts was not great.
It then took several years of collecting and publishing weather data -- backwards looking, not forward -- before Fitzroy and his team ventured to publish the world's first-ever formal weather forecast in the London Times in 1861. For such a small book it packaged a lot of information in just enough detail to get you to understand the topic without going to far into the weeds. Nevertheless, there is a lot to learn from this book, and wonderful prose to enjoy, but check it out of the library. I didn't know if I was going to be reading a history of wind prediction or a memoir or even if it might be a book of fiction. As a biologist, he has worked on issues ranging from climate change to the restoration of Arctic tundra to underwater noise to the evolution of cave crayfish. Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind — the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them. Interspersed in his tale of their adventure-filled journey are essays on the history of weather predicting; profiles of meteorologists; descriptions of old and new meteorological instruments, from the barometer to weather balloons to satellites; a history of the harnessing of wind energy; and vivid accounts of the impact of moving air—e.
It has both advanced civilizations and promoted transportation of goods and destroyed cities and taken many lives. Scientist and bestselling nature writer Bill Streever goes to any extreme to explore wind - the winds that built empires, the storms that wreck them - by traveling right through it. Here, he focuses on wind and sailing. This subject demands maps, charts and illustrations to truly illuminate the reader about, say, the Coriolis effect, the butterfly patters of chaotic sequences in weather simulations, etc. They will also acquire plenty of new vocabulary, as the author explains ventifacts, yardangs, einkanters, and dreikanters, all formations shaped by windblown sand.
You'll never see a breeze in the same light again. When the going gets technical, Streever is there with an analogy to clarify. I wasn't exactly crazy about sail boats but I can see the connections between wind, sails and weather. At the same time, he weaves in a tale of his own adventures sailing from Texas to Central America and dealing with the winds in that context. The world's very first weather forecaster was Captain Robert Fitzroy, best remembered today as the captain of the Beagle during its two-year voyage in the early 1830's with Charles Darwin as the ship's naturalist. You'll never see a breeze in the same light again.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references pages 271-299 and index. If you are the publisher or author of this book and feel that the reviews shown do not properly reflect the range of media opinion now available, please with the mainstream media reviews that you would like to see added. It's quite good without being too technical, and moves from the early days of using telegraphy to compile weather I haven't read Streever's Cold or Heat. Perry Regional - Adult Non-fiction 551. As he unfurls Rocinante's sails, he muses on the development of wind-powered boats, he sails past Portuguese man-of-wars, and through all of this, we meet a motley crew of characters-theorists, philosophers, scientists, inventors, mathematicians-who puzzled and often disagreed bitterly as they sailed into the unknown mysteries of our atmosphere. This page-turning work of narrative nonfiction will appeal to readers interested in the history of science, the history and science of meteorology, the science of wind, and memoirs of life at sea.
I have read Heat and Cold and now the book on the wind and weather forecasting. And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air by Bill Streever is a clever combination of a sailing memoir used to prompt the history of wind and weather prediction. The gnashing teeth of an oncoming storm. The natural history is deeply insightful and often eye opening. His book would be a fine one, even if he had stayed in port. When Streever deals with a natural phenomenon, he does so with aplomb.