And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving by Bill Streever

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 spoil them--by touring all over it. Narrating from a fifty-year-old sailboat, Streever leads readers throughout the world's first forecasts, Chaos conception, and a destiny plagued by weather swap. alongside the way in which, he stocks tales of wind-riding spiders, wind-sculpted landscapes, wind-generated strength, wind-tossed airplanes, and the uncomfortable interactions among wind and wars, drawing from average technology, background, company, shuttle, in addition to from his personal travels.

AND quickly I HEARD A ROARING WIND is a simple own narrative that includes the prepared observations, clinical rigor, and whimsy that readers love. you are going to by no means see a breeze within the related mild back.

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In 1703, there had been no forecast. No warnings were posted before the storm hit. And no one could explain the storm. ” Defoe, like his contemporaries, blamed the storm on God. Flash forward more than two hundred years. The British Quaker scientist and World War I ambulance driver Lewis Fry Richardson contemplated weather. Like many of his contemporaries, he believed that wind and weather would abide by the rules of physics. Unlike most of his contemporaries, he thought that the rules of physics behind wind and weather could be described in a series of equations.

By convention, winds are labeled from their direction of origin. A norther—a north wind—blows south. A sea breeze blows from the sea. A land wind blows from the land. We can count on this north wind for another day or, if our luck holds, two. Soon we will clear the jetties at Galveston Island, passing from the protected bay into the open Gulf. From there we will bear due south through the dense thickets of oil platforms that shadow this coast, putting the worst of them behind us before dusk. But by dusk we need to turn left.

I hear it. I smell what it carries, the airborne stains of tidal mud and petrochemical plants. But mostly I feel it in Rocinante’s sails. I feel its power propelling forty thousand pounds of boat forward, more or less in the direction that I want to go, cutting through the water, leaving behind a rippling wake. ” In the modern version of Beaufort’s scale, somewhat modified since 1831, his fresh breeze is considered a moderate breeze. Either way, it tousles what is left of my hair. It is ordinary wind, not at all miraculous.

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