By Bill Streever
A exciting exploration of the technology and historical past of wind from the bestselling writer of Cold.
Scientist and bestselling nature author invoice Streever is going to any severe to discover wind--the winds that equipped empires, the storms that damage them--by touring all over it. Narrating from a fifty-year-old sailboat, Streever leads readers throughout the world's first forecasts, Chaos thought, and a destiny stricken by weather swap. alongside the best way, he stocks tales of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated energy, wind-tossed airplanes, and the uncomfortable interactions among wind and wars, drawing from average technology, heritage, company, shuttle, in addition to from his personal travels.
AND quickly I HEARD A ROARING WIND is a simple own narrative that includes the willing observations, clinical rigor, and whimsy that readers love. you will by no means see a breeze within the similar mild back.
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Extra info for And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air
But mainly by luck I mean with favorable winds. I mean winds from the right direction and of the right strength. I mean winds that do not blow from dead ahead and that are neither too strong nor too weak. I mean Goldilocks winds. Globally, well over sixty winds occur frequently enough to be named. There is the sirocco, blowing from the Sahara toward North Africa and southern Europe. There is the Mediterranean’s ostro and its bora and its mistral, along with its vendaval, its levanter, and its khamsin.
The Taino, seafaring Caribbean natives in the time of Columbus, lived scattered across the hurricane heartland, in Cuba, the Bahamas, the Lesser Antilles, and a hundred other low-lying islands. Columbus himself, before he concluded his business in the New World, knew both the word hurakán and the experience of hurricanes. The regional name and the living experience were also known to Captain John Smith, of Jamestown and Pocahontas fame. In 1627, he described hurricanes for readers in Europe, readers entirely unfamiliar with the winds that often plague the Caribbean and the new colonial coast.
Eager to begin our voyage but waiting for the norther to blow itself out, I find my mind consumed by wind. It is with me during the day, before I sleep at night, when I awake in the morning. At times, it occupies my dreams. I do not contemplate mild breezes. I think of the storm of 1900, with thousands dead in Texas, their bodies buried in rubble and strewn along railroad tracks and floating at sea. I think of the Great Hurricane of 1780 sweeping away more than twenty thousand souls in the Caribbean.