Encyclopedia of Hurricanes, Typhoons, and Cyclones

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...wonderful...Recommended... - Choice ""...an excellent overview of these natural disasters..."" - Booklist

...wonderful...Recommended... - Choice ""...an excellent overview of these natural disasters..."" - Booklist

The new edition of this work updates and augments the existing information on storms as well as adds data on storms that have occurred since the publication of the first edition (LJ 9/15/98). Written by Longshore, a historian with education and experience in emergency management, the work contains over 460 entries, almost 200 more than the earlier edition. Some entries from the earlier edition have changed, but most of that content remains the same. The encyclopedia contains alphabetically arranged reviews of the history, science, and human impacts of tropical cyclones throughout the world. Its primary focus is Atlantic and eastern Pacific storms; coverage of western Pacific and Indian Ocean storms is spotty. Illustrations, mainly black-and-white photographs and maps, are sparse. There are four appendixes, a less-than-complete bibliography, and a 16-page index. Only 13 new references were added to the bibliography in this edition. Within the text, references to other entries in the encyclopedia are capitalized; some See references are also included. At times, the content is confusing. Storms with the same name that occurred during different years may be described in one entry or separately. The Galveston Hurricane of 1900, for example, is listed as the Great Galveston Hurricane in the index; no See reference is included in the section on Texas hurricanes. There are also some omissions, for example, Hurricane Grace (1991), which merged into the system that became the Perfect Storm, Hurricane Catarina (Brazil, 2004), and many Australasian typhoons and cyclones. Note that Hurricane Catarina was one of the few recorded hurricanes to occur south of the equator (it hit Brazil in 2004). BOTTOM LINE Many entries are similar to those on the National Hurricane Center's Archives web site (www.nhc.noaa.gov/pastall.shtml), which includes track maps, data tables, and occasional satellite images of each storm. Given the choice, when looking for information on a hurricane, typhoon, or cyclone, this reviewer would go to Wikipedia first, because the entries there include really nice track maps and satellite images for each storm. Plus, each Wikipedia article is well referenced (footnoted), so if someone wants more information on that storm, they can look it up on the spot. Academic libraries supporting meteorology and climatology programs and libraries in Hurricane Alley may consider purchasing. [Available in print only.]--Linda Zellmer, Malpass Lib., Macomb, IL Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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