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The Weather Almanac, 12th Edition is a resource for a variety of climate and meteorological data including both domestic and international weather trends, historical weather patterns dating back 1,000 years, natural disasters, and a 20-page glossary of weather terminology. The book is complete with detailed maps, pictures, and tables compiling climate data from a variety of sources, including the National Weather Service and the US Geological Survey.
Separate sections in "The Weather Almanac" are devoted to tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms, and lightening, flash floods, and winter storms, and they have been edited from official reports by governmental agencies. The new edition has been updated to include recent disasters such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami that devastated Indonesia as well as 2005's Hurricane Katrina. These chapters serve as a basic reference for severe weather and extreme conditions, which can assist in preparing for a weather emergency.
Chapter 1. Climate Maps of the United States
Chapter 2. Wind and Solar Energy Climates of the United States
Chapter 3. Extreme Weather
Chapter 4. Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning, Thunder and Hail
Chapter 5. Tropical Cyclones
Chapter 6. El Nino - La Nina
Chapter 7. Global Climate Change
Chapter 8. Air Pollution
Chapter 9. Climate Data from Around the World
Chapter 10. Local Climatological Data Annual Summaries 2009
Chapter 11. An Annotated Time Line of Meteorology and Weather
Steven L. Horstmeyer has filled a variety of professional roles in his career as a meteorologist. He has been a television meteorologist since 1978 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is Chief Meteorologist at WXIX-FOX19. He has taught meteorology and oceanography courses at a variety of colleges and is currently an adjunct instructor at the College of Mount St. Joseph. In addition, he is a contributing editor to "Weatherwise" magazine and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen articles. He has also served as a weather consultant to industry and the legal profession on numerous occasions.