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Subject: J3) What books have been written about tropical cyclones?
Contributed by Chris Landsea and Sim Aberson
BEST NON-TECHNICAL BOOKS:
- Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society
An excellent introductory text into hurricanes (and tropical
cyclones in general), this book by R.A. Pielke, Jr. and R.A. Pielke,
Sr. provides the basics on the physical mechanisms of hurricanes without
getting into any mathematical rigor. The book also discusses hurricane
policy, vulnerability and societal responses and ends with an in-depth
look at Hurricane Andrew's forecast, impact and response. Roger A. Pielke,
Jr. is a Sociologist at the Environmental and Societal Impacts Group at
the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, USA.
Roger A. Pielke, Sr. is a Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado
State University (USA).
John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK, 1997, 279 pp.
- Meteorology Today for Scientists and Engineers
This paperback book is designed to accompany C. Donald Ahrens'
introductory book "Meteorology Today." For a concise mathematical
description of hurricanes that has NO calculus and NO differential
equations, then I would suggest obtaining a copy of this book by
Rolland B. Stull
West Publ. Co., Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN, 2000, 385 pp.
Chapter 16 Hurricanes p.289-304.
BEST TECHNICAL BOOK:
- Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones:
From Science to Mitigation
edited by Johnny C. L. Chan and Jeffrey D. Kepert
This book is a completely rewritten, updated and expanded new edition of
the original Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones published in 1995.
It presents a comprehensive review of the state of science and forecasting
of tropical cyclones together with the application of this science to disaster
mitigation, hence the tag: From Science to Mitigation.
Since the previous volume, enormous progress in understanding tropical
cyclones has been achieved. These advances range from the theoretical
through to ever more sophisticated computer modeling, all underpinned by
a vast and growing range of observations from airborne, space and ocean
observation platforms. The growth in observational capability is
reflected by the inclusion of three new chapters on this topic. The
chapter on the effects of climate change on tropical cyclone activity is
also new, and appropriate given the recent intense debate on this issue.
The advances in the understanding of tropical cyclones which have led to
significant improvements in forecasting track, intensity, rainfall and
storm surge, are reviewed in detail over three chapters. For the first
time, a chapter on seasonal prediction is included. The book concludes
with an important chapter on disaster mitigation, which is timely given
the enormous loss of life in recent tropical cyclone disasters.
World Scientific, 2010, 448 pp.ISBN: 978-981-4293-47-1 or
BEST FORECASTING MANUAL:
- Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting
For the tropical cyclone forecaster and also of general
interest for anyone in the field and those with a non-technical
interest in the field, the loose-leaf book - Global Guide to
Tropical Cyclone Forecasting (1993) by G.J. Holland (ed.),
World Meteorological Organization,
WMO/TD-No. 560, Report No. TCP-31 is a must get. Again, the
address of the WMO :a
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BEST HISTORICAL BOOKS:
- North Carolina's Hurricane History
- Florida's Hurricane History
These two books are an amazing documentaries of the hurricanes which
have struck the states of North Carolina and Florida from 1526 until 1996
and 1546-1995, respectively. The author Jay Barnes - Director of the North
Carolina Aquarium - tells the stories of the hurricanes and their effects
upon the people of the state in an easily readable style with numerous
University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 1998, 330pp.
OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE:
- Atlantic Hurricanes
A classic book describing tropical cyclones primarily of the Atlantic
basin, but also covering the physical understanding of tropical cyclone
genesis, motion, and intensity change at the time. Written in 1960,
by Gordon E. Dunn and Banner I. Miller, this book provides insight
into the knowledge of tropical cyclones as of the late 1950s. It is
interesting to observe that much of what we know was well understood
at this pre-satellite era. Gordon E. Dunn was the Director of the
National Hurricane Center and Banner I. Miller was a research
meteorologist with the National Hurricane Research Project.
Louisiana State Press, 1960, 326pp (revision 1964)
- Hurricanes, Their Nature and History
Before Dunn and Miller's book, Ivan Ray Tannehill came out with
an authoritative reference on the history, structure, climatology,
historical tracks, and forecasting techniques of Atlantic hurricanes
as was known by the mid-1930s. This is one of the first compilations
of yearly tracks of Atlantic storms - he provides tracks of memorable
tropical cyclones all the way back to the 1700s and shows all the
storm tracks yearly from 1901 onward. The first edition came out in 1938
and the book went through at least nine editions (my book was published
in 1956). Mr. Tannehill was engaged in hurricane forecasting for over
20 years and also lead the Division of Synoptic Reports and Forecasts of
the U.S. Weather Bureau.
Princeton University Press, 1956, 308 pp.
- Into the Hurricane
(Published in Britain as "The Devil's Music")
Author Pete Davies spent the summer of 1999 looking at Atlantic hurricanes,
traveling to Honduras to see the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch, and flying
on research missions with NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. He explores
the science of why the storms occur and how to predict them, and recounts
the impacts of Hurricane Floyd.
Henry Holt and Company. 2000, 264 pp., ISBN: 0-8050-6574-1.
- The Divine Wind
(translated into Chinese)
Hurricanes are presented in verse, art, history, and science in this
all-encompassing book of the science and culture of hurricanes. Author
Kerry Emanuel discusses hurricane forecasting, historical events and human
impacts. The book includes many artworks, figures, and photographs, plus
a description of flying into hurricanes.
Oxford University Press, 2005, 296 pp.,ISBN-10: 0195149416.
- A Global View of Tropical Cyclones
(A revised version of this book is Global Perspectives on Tropical
Cyclones listed above.)
A very thorough book dealing with the technical issues of tropical
cyclones for the state of the science in the mid-1980s by Elsberry, Holland,
Frank, Jarrell, and Southern.
University of Chicago Press, 1987,195 pp.
- The Hurricane
(1997 revision titled "Hurricanes: Their Nature and Impacts on Society"
by Pielke and Pielke is listed above.)
A very good introductory text into hurricanes (and tropical
cyclones in general), this book by R.A. Pielke provides the basics on
the physical mechanisms of hurricanes without getting into any
mathematical rigor. This first version is just 100 pages of text with
another 120 pages devoted toward all of the tracks of Atlantic hurricanes
from 1871-1989. Roger A. Pielke is a professor of Atmospheric Science
at Colorado State University.
Routledge Publishing, New York, 1990, 279 pp. (revision 1997)
An introductory text book for young readers on hurricanes by
Franklin Watts Publishing, New York, 1993, 63 pp.
- Cyclone Tracy, Picking up the Pieces
Twenty years after Cyclone Tracy, this book recreates, by interviews
with survivors, the events during and after the cyclone that nearly
destroyed Darwin, Australia by B. Bunbury
Fremantle Arts Centre Press, South Fremantle, Australia, 1994, 148 pp.
- Beware the Hurricane!
This book tells "the story of the cyclonic tropical storms that have
struck Bermuda and the Islanders' folk-lore regarding them" by Terry
The Island Press Limited, Bermuda, 1995, 180 pp.
- Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, Revised Edition
This recent book provides a historical perspective of Florida Hurricanes
extending from 1871 to 1996 by J.M. Williams and I. W. Duedall
Florida Sea Grant College Program, University of Florida Press,
Gainesville, FL, 1997, 146 pp.
- Hurricanes of the North Atlantic
This book by J. B. Elsner and A. B. Kara focuses on the statistics
and variability of Atlantic hurricanes as well as detailed discussions on
how hurricanes impact the insurance industry and how integrated assessments
can be made regarding these storms. The book provides very valuable
information on hurricane frequencies, intensities and return periods that
are not easily available elsewhere. Also sections are devoted on the
development of seasonal (and longer) hurricane forecast models and their
Oxford University Press, New York/Oxford, 1999, 488 pp.
- Natural Disasters - Hurricanes
This reference book by P. J. Fitzpatrick provides a very useful
compilation of a wide range of topics on Atlantic hurricanes. Of particular
interest is the chronology of advances in the science and forecasting
of hurricanes along with biographcial sketches of researchers and
forecasters prominent in the field. This book is an excellent resource
in answering questions on many issues in the field.
ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA, 1999, 286 pp.
- Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1851-2006
Researchers and those who follow Atlantic hurricanes should all have
a copy of the atlas. Previous versions:
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1998
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1992
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1986
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1980
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1977
Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1963
North Atlantic Tropical Cyclones, 1886-1958
National Climatic Data Center, Asheville, NC, in cooperation with
the Tropical Prediction Center/National Hurricane Center, Miami, FL, 2006,
- Hurricanes and Florida Agriculture
Dr. John A. Attaway, former Scientific Research Director of the Florida
Department of Citrus, wrote this well-researched history and litany of the
impacts that hurricanes have had upon agriculture in Florida.
Florida Science Source, Inc., Lake Alfred, FL, 1999, 444 pp.
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