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By Michael Allaby

ISBN-10: 0816047928

ISBN-13: 9780816047925

This up to date and revised quantity within the risky climate sequence explores many facets of climate in addition to the technological know-how of climate. prepared and written in an easy-to-follow variety, writer Michael Allaby solutions crucial questions scholars and non-specialists have approximately climate and he presents a common evaluation of the present details that shapes the way in which climate is known and studied. beneficial properties contain dialogue of the way the climates of the realm have replaced over the centuries; a 5,000-year chronology of harmful climate, from c. 3,200 BCE to the current; a chronology of discoveries directory vital advancements within the knowing of climate, biographies of famous climate scientists, and advances in forecasting from c. 340 BCE to the current; easy-to-perform experiments (which require no specific gear) that discover numerous features of climate and climate technology; climate category and size scales, together with the Beaufort Scale of Wind energy, Saffir/Simpson typhoon Scale, and the Fujita twister depth Scale; and a thesaurus of phrases and ideas used in the course of the ebook and sequence.

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Hurricanes brought rains to the eastern United States that caused flooding in southern New England, southeastern New York, eastern Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Damage was estimated to cost $686 million, and 180 people died. • The Macquarie, Castlereagh, Namoi, Hunter, and Gwydir Rivers, in New South Wales, Australia, flooded. Nearly 40,000 people were made homeless, and 50 died. 1956 • Extremely heavy rains in Australia caused rivers to flood, forming a continuous “sea” 40 miles (64 km) wide between the towns of Hay and Balranald.

Heavy rain in northwestern Argentina caused flooding in February over half of Santiago del Estero Province and severe flooding in 10 other provinces. At least 100 people died, and more than 100,000 had to leave their homes. • Intense rainfall caused rivers to overflow in Natal, South Africa, during the night of February 10, sweeping away homes. More than 50 people died. • Torrential rains in late March, following months of drought, caused flooding in Tubarão, Brazil (population 70,000). The Tubarão River rose 36 feet (11 m) in a few hours and overflowed, virtually destroying the city.

There it encountered an advancing cold front, with thunderstorms. , flooded 471 square miles (12,199 km2) in Nelson County, Virginia. Flash floods destroyed or damaged 185 miles (298 km) of road and deposited mud and debris, in some places to a depth of 30 feet (9 m), and 125 people died by drowning or by being crushed by boulders. The floods subsided after 80 days. • On October 24, severe flooding in Tunisia left more than 300 people dead and 150,000 homeless. 1970 • In November, one of the worst natural disasters of the 20th century occurred when a cyclone moved north through the Bay of Bengal and devastated Bangladesh, killing about 500,000 people.

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