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Hurricanes (Tropical Cyclones)

Hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1st and ends November 30th so there's always a chance for some hurricane excitement when you go to the Eastern Shore.

 

Selected Books

Emanuel, Kerry A.
Divine Wind: The History and Science of Hurricanes
q QC944.E43 2005
"With exceptionally clear prose, Emanuel explains the atmospheric forces that restrict hurricanes to tropical latitudes and upends popular misconceptions about their frequency, noting that the problem for research scientists is not why hurricanes develop, but why they hardly happen." -- Booklist
 
Horne, Jed
Breach of Faith: Hurricane Katrina and the near Death of a Great American City
HV636 2005 .N4 H66 2006
Horne, the metro editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, gives an account of what happened after the levees broke. Browse the library catalog for many more books on Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
 
Junger, Sebastian
The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea
QC945.J66 1997
In October of 1991, three storms converge in the Western Atlantic off Gloucester, Massachusetts to form the "Perfect Storm" with winds up to 100 miles an hour and waves that topped 110 feet. In the middle of it is the Andrea Gail, a swordfishing vessel with a six-man crew.
 
Kleinberg, Eliot
Black Cloud: The Great Florida Hurricane of 1928
QC945.K57 2003x
Largely forgotten and unnamed, the September 16, 1928 hurricane took the lives of 7,000 people. Kleinberg presents vivid pictures of dozens of individual ordeals and recounts the tale of black suffering in the region around Lake Okeechobee, which appears in Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God.
 
Larson, Erik
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
F394.G2 L37 1999
This is an account of the 1900 hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas and killed more than 6,000 people. It is told from the perspective of Isaac Cline, then the senior U.S. Weather Bureau official in Galveston. The weather bureau ignored forecasts from Cuban meteorologists, who had accurately predicted the Galveston storm's course and true scale.
 
Sheets, Bob and Jack Williams
Hurricane Watch: Forecasting the Deadliest Storms on Earth
QC944.S533 2001x
Learn the science and history of hurricanes from meteorologist Williams and science journalist Sheets.
 
Zebrowski, Ernest and Judith A. Howard
Category 5: The Story of Camille, Lessons Unlearned from America's Most Violent Hurricane
QC945.Z43 2005
"Camille, which swept through coastal Mississippi and Louisiana in August 1969, was the storm that inspired the five-level scale currently used to predict the damage inflicted by hurricanes, and remains the only Category 5 storm-the strongest-to make landfall in modern American history." -- Publishers Weekly
 
 

Videos

Hurricane!
(DVD) QC945.H83945 2004x
Presenting film-footage, first-hand accounts, and commentary by experts, this program examines a number of the hurricanes that have had devastated U.S. coasts over the last few decades, including Hurricane Andrew, Hurricane Gilbert, and Hurricane Camille.
 
The Perfect Storm
In October 1991, the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail battles the greatest storm in recorded history formed by the joining of three weather fronts-- one of them Hurricane Grace. Stars George Clooney and is based on the book of the same name.
 

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Last updated January 16, 2013