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By Michael Allaby

This up to date and revised quantity within the harmful climate sequence explores many facets of climate in addition to the technological know-how of climate. equipped and written in an easy-to-follow kind, writer Michael Allaby solutions crucial questions scholars and non-specialists have approximately climate and he offers a common review of the present info that shapes the way in which climate is known and studied. positive factors contain dialogue of ways the climates of the area have replaced over the centuries; a 5,000-year chronology of harmful climate, from c. 3,200 BCE to the current; a chronology of discoveries directory vital advancements within the figuring out of climate, biographies of famous climate scientists, and advances in forecasting from c. 340 BCE to the current; easy-to-perform experiments (which require no particular apparatus) that discover numerous facets of climate and climate technological know-how; climate category and dimension scales, together with the Beaufort Scale of Wind energy, Saffir/Simpson typhoon Scale, and the Fujita twister depth Scale; and a word list of phrases and ideas used during the booklet and sequence.

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1922 • On January 15, a hurricane, with torrential rain, struck the area around Tamanrasset, Algeria. The rain continued into the following day, floods sweeping away huts and gardens beside a wadi (an ordinarily dry river channel) and destroying the wall of the Père de Foucauld fort. The collapsing wall buried 22 people, killing eight and injuring eight more. 1925 • A series of tornadoes, possibly seven in all, developed over Missouri in March and crossed Illinois and Indiana, traveling 437 miles (703 km), one moving more than 120 miles (193 km) in three hours.

1938 • A category 3 hurricane struck New England, killing 600 people. • The Yellow River in China flooded on June 9 when Kuomintang forces broke the dikes, hoping to cause a small, local flood that would check a Japanese advance on Chengchou. The river flowed out of control, submerging more than 9,000 square miles (233,100 km2). The flood caused 500,000 deaths, and 6 million people lost their homes. S. naval fleet in the Philippine Sea inadvertently sailed directly into Typhoon Cobra, with winds of up to 130 MPH (209 km/h) and waves up to 70 feet (21 m) high.

Monsoon rains caused flash floods in Thailand in December in which at least 37 people died. • Floods and mudslides in Brazil on December 3 killed more than 40 people. • A typhoon struck Bangladesh and India on December 11, killing at least 27 people. 1982 • Five cyclones—Benedict, Frida, Electra, Gabriel, and Justine—struck Madagascar between January and March. More than 100 people were killed and 117,000 left homeless. • Floods on January 4 killed 90 people in Nariño Province, Colombia. • Floods and landslides on January 5 caused 15 deaths in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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