It was a dark and stormy night...
Take a break from cleaning up after our encounter with Frankenstorm and read these books about extreme weather conditions.
Dark Water: Flood and Redemption in the City of Masterpieces by Robert Clark
Clark describes the devastating 1966 flood that struck Florence, Italy killing 33 people and damaging 14,000 works of art.
Extreme Weather: Understanding the Science of Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Floods, Heat Waves, Snow Storms, Global Warming and Other Atmospheric Disturbances by H. Michael Mogil
Mogil examines the reasons extreme weather may occur.
Fatal Forecast: an Incredible True Tale of Disaster and Survival at Sea by Mike Tougias
In November 1980, two small lobster boats were caught in a massive storm that was misforecast by the National Weather Service.
Freaks of the Storm: From Flying Cows to Stealing Thunder: the World's Strangest Weather Stories by Randy Cherveny
Over the years, climatologist Cherveny has compiled a database containing 8000 unusual weather events. He shares some of his favourites in this book.
Into the Storm: Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes and Death-Defying Adventures in Extreme Weather by Reed Timmer
Storm-chaser Timmer describes his life studying extreme weather conditions.
The Perfect Storm: a True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
A unique combination of factors led to a "perfect" storm in October 1991. Junger reconstructs the last hours of the crew of the Andrea Gail, a fishing boat that was lost in the storm.
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The White Cascade: the Great Northern Railway Disaster and America's Deadliest Avalanche by Gary Krist
In 1910, two Great Northern Railway trains became trapped by a blizzard in Washington State's Cascade Mountains before being buried in an avalanche caused by a rare winter thunderstorm.
Windswept: the Story of Wind and Weather by Marq De Villiers
De Villiers investigates the history, mythology and science of wind--an element that is necessary for life, but is sometimes destructive.
You can find more books about weather and about surviving disasters at your local branch.