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 during the world's first forecasts, Chaos conception, and a destiny laid low with weather switch. alongside the best way, 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, trip, in addition to from his personal travels.
AND quickly I HEARD A ROARING WIND is an easy 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 gentle back.
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Nearer shore, sailors watched as anchors broke free. They tried to guide their ships away from deadly reefs and rocks, where wooden hulls would be reduced to splinters by pounding seas and where they themselves might be battered to death before they drowned. The worst of the wind came well after sunset. “The night was exceeding dark,” one survivor reported. On deck, sailors could not hear the commands of officers. ” Ships, filling with water, sank. The Royal Navy kept complete records. Three hundred and eighty-seven sailors died with the loss of the Restoration.
They had no idea why the wind blew. An understanding of why the wind blew—wind at the planetary level, at the level of the globe’s great surface rivers of air, at the level of the trade winds—would come later. The planetary level, it turns out, may be the simplest level. An understanding of weather fronts, and the winds brewed when they meet, would come even later. And an understanding of the high-altitude winds that sometimes delay airline flights—jet streams—would come later still. And it was not until the late 1960s that chaos theory began to explain why Lewis Fry Richardson’s belief in numerical forecasting fell short of its promise, why simple observations combined with the laws of motion and mathematics could not predict future winds with an accuracy comparable to that of astronomers with their planetary positions, why something that is fundamentally deterministic is all but impossible to predict with anything resembling accuracy for more than a handful of days.
He counted on a sea anchor—an underwater parachute run out in front of his boat—to hold the bow pointing into the wind, allowing the boat to ride in relative safety. But the wind and waves pulled and jerked and stretched the line to the sea anchor, yanking at it, sending jolts up its length that made the boat shudder. The line, succumbing to the wind’s mad abuse, snapped. The boat turned sideways to the wind and flipped, but then righted herself on a breaking wave. Voss was in the sea but somehow made his way back on board.
And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind: A Natural History of Moving Air by Bill Streever