192 pages, 94 b/w photos, 67 col illus, line illus
This book describes the birth, life, and death of thunderstorms and their violent progeny - tornadoes - along with related phenomena such as waterspouts, lightning and hail. The core of the book consists of Professor Bluestein's collection of photographs he took of these phenomena over the course of thirty years.
'... a tour de force with fantastic photographs of tornadoes and storm clouds from his own collection intermingled with an accessible description of tornado science... It is a fine example of how the public understanding of science can be achieved without any 'dumbing down... a gem of a book.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 29/10/99
1. The Frontier Overhead; 2. Catching Real and Virtual Storms; 3. Numerical Simulations Come of Age; 4. Storm Chasing and Doppler Radar in Major Field Programs; 5. The Importance of Portability; 6. The State of the Art; 7. Where We Are Headed; References; Appendix A: The Dynamic Pressure; Appendix B: The Effects of Momentum Transport by an Updraft in a Sheared Environment; Appendix C: Other Resources
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