Cover of: Braving the elements | David Laskin, David Laskin

Braving the elements

the stormy history of American weather

1st ed.

Published by Doubleday in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

Nowhere in the world is weather as volatile and powerful as it is in North America. Scorching heat in the Southwest, hurricanes on the Atlantic coast, tornadoes in the Plains, blizzards in the mountains: Every area of the country has vastly different weather, and vastly different cultures as a result. Braving the Elements is David Laskin's delightful and fascinating history of how our unique weather has shaped a nation, and how we've tried to cope with it over centuries. Since before Columbus, the peoples of America have struggled to make sense of the capricious and violent nature of America's weather. Anasazi Indians used the rain dance (and sometimes human sacrifice) to induce rain, while the Puritans in New England blamed the sins of the community for lightening strikes and Nor'easters. IN modern times we carry on those traditions by blaming the weatherman for ruined weekends. Despite hi-tech satellites and powerful computers and 24-hour-a-day forecasting from The Weather Channel, we're still at the mercy of the whims of Mother Nature.

Table of Contents

Native American weather
Weather in the age of discovery
Colonial and Revolutionary weather
Weather in the West
From proverb to probability: weather forecasting in America
National weather now
The longest-running joke
What's happening to our weather?

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
551.6973
Library of Congress
QC983 .L38 1996

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
241 p. :
Number of pages
241

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL787543M
Internet Archive
bravingelementst00lask
ISBN 10
0385469551
LC Control Number
95019851
OCLC/WorldCat
32590175
Library Thing
529579
Goodreads
4050819
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