And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving by Bill Streever
By Bill Streever
A exciting exploration of the technology and background of wind from the bestselling writer of Cold.
Scientist and bestselling nature author invoice Streever is going to any severe to discover wind--the winds that outfitted empires, the storms that destroy them--by touring all over it. Narrating from a fifty-year-old sailboat, Streever leads readers throughout the world's first forecasts, Chaos conception, and a destiny tormented by weather switch. alongside the way in which, he stocks tales of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated strength, wind-tossed airplanes, and the uncomfortable interactions among wind and wars, drawing from traditional technology, background, enterprise, go back and forth, in addition to from his personal travels.
AND quickly I HEARD A ROARING WIND is a simple own narrative that includes the prepared observations, clinical rigor, and whimsy that readers love. you are going to by no means see a breeze within the similar mild back.
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The edges of the eye are often described as “walls,” as if the raging wind takes on the qualities of a solid structure. ” That is, he read a barometric pressure of just over twenty-eight inches of mercury, or about 957 millibars. A pressure reading of twenty-eight inches of mercury indicates that the air molecules are standing apart from one another, not densely packed, and that the air molecules from regions of higher pressure, air molecules crowded together and impatient for space, will soon be in motion, eager to race toward regions of lower pressure.
It is sometimes said that Edmond Halley drew the first weather map. If by weather map, one means the synoptic weather map of newspapers and television forecasts, he did not. What he drew was entirely different. In 1686, he drew a map of the trade winds based on a collection of accounts from sailors and from his own observations. ” In other words, he wanted a simple representation of wind patterns, not on any one day but in general terms. What Halley drew was not the kind of weather map seen in newspapers and on television, but an early example of what became known as a thematic map.
The trades brought the empty galleons from Spain to the New World, there to be filled with burgled silver and gold and other portable wealth worth hundreds of billions of dollars before sailing north to find the westerlies, the anti-trades, the winds that would carry the ships back to the Old World at latitudes above thirty degrees north. There is, too, the derecho, a straight-line wind that can exceed eighty knots—eighty nautical miles per hour, or ninety-two statute miles per hour—advancing like a blitzkrieg across the landscape, bringing sudden destruction.