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This article is from the Storms FAQ, by Chris Landsea landsea@aoml.noaa.gov with numerous contributions by others.

65 What books have been written about tropical cyclones?

BEST NON-TECHNICAL BOOKS: _The Hurricane_ and
************************* _Meteorology Today for Scientists and Engineers_

_The Hurricane_
For a excellent introductory text into hurricanes (and tropical
cyclones in general), this book by R.A. Pielke provides the basics on
the physical mechanisms of hurricanes without getting into any
mathematical rigor. This first version is just 100 pages of text with
another 120 pages devoted toward all of the tracks of Atlantic hurricanes
from 1871-1989. Roger A. Pielke is a professor of Atmospheric Science
at Colorado State University (USA). The book's 1990 edition is available
through Routledge Publishing, New York. (An updated version of this
book should be forthcoming in 1997.)

_Meteorology Today for Scientists and Engineers_
For a concise mathematical description of hurricanes that has NO
calculus and NO differential equations, then I would suggest obtaining
a copy of this book by Rolland B. Stull (West Publ. Co., Minneapolis/St.
Paul, 385 pp - Chapter 16 Hurricanes p289-304). This paperback book is
designed to accompany C. Donald Ahrens' introductory book _Meteorology
Today_.

BEST TECHNICAL BOOK: _Global Perspectives on Tropical Cyclones_
This is the revised version of _A Global View of Tropical Cyclones_ and
is the most current, detailed book available on the subject. This book
provides the state of the science as of 1994. Improvements over the
previous version include a chapter on the ocean response to tropical
cyclones. This paperback book is written in 1995 by G.R. Foley, H.E.
Willoughby, J.L. McBride, R.L. Elsberry, I. Ginis, and L. Chen with Elsberry
serving as Editor and is available from the World Meterological Organization
as Report No. TCP-38. Their address is:

World Meteorological Organization
Publications Sales Unit
Case Postale 2300
CH-1211 Geneva 2
Switzerland

BEST FORECASTING MANUAL: _Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting_
For the tropical cyclone forecaster and also of general interest for
anyone in the field and those with a non-technical interest in the field,
the loose-leaf book - _Global Guide to Tropical Cyclone Forecasting_ (1993)
by G.J. Holland (ed.), World Meteorological Organization, WMO/TD-No. 560,
Report No. TCP-31 is a must get. (See above for address of the WMO.)

OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE:

______Atlantic Hurricanes_______
A classic book describing tropical cyclones primarily of the Atlantic
basin, but also covering the physical understanding of tropical cyclone
genesis, motion, and intensity change at the time is _Atlantic Hurricanes_
by Gordon E. Dunn and Banner I. Miller. Written in 1960, published by the
Louisiana State Press, this book gives provides good insight into the
knowledge of tropical cyclones as of the late 1950s. It is interesting
to observe that much of what we know was well understood at this pre-
satellite era. Gordon E. Dunn was the Director of the U.S. National
Hurricane Center and Banner I. Miller was a research meteorologist also
at the National Hurricane Center.

________Hurricanes, Their Nature and History______
Before Dunn and Miller's book, Ivan Ray Tannehill came out with
an authoritative reference on the history, structure, climatology,
historical tracks, and forecasting techniques of Atlantic hurricanes
as was known by the mid-1930s. This is one of the first compilations
of yearly tracks of Atlantic storms - he provides tracks of memorable
tropical cyclones all the way back to the 1700s and shows all the
storm tracks yearly from 1901 onward. The first edition came out in 1938
and the book went through at least nine editions (my book was published
in 1956). Mr. Tannehill was engaged as a hurricane forecasts for over
20 years and also lead the Division of Synoptic Reports and Forecasts of
the U.S. Weather Bureau. Princeton University Press, 308 pp (in 1956
version).

________A Global View of Tropical Cyclones_______
A very thorough book dealing with the technical issues of tropical
cyclones for the state of the science in the mid-1980s: _A Global View of
Tropical Cyclones_ (1987) by Elsberry, Holland, Frank, Jarrell, and
Southern; University of Chicago Press, 195 pp. A revised version of this
book has recently become available, see _Global Perspectives on Tropical
Cyclones_ below.

________Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean, 1871-1992_______
Researchers and those who follow Atlantic hurricanes should all have
a copy of the atlas: _Tropical Cyclones of the North Atlantic Ocean,
1871-1992_, by C.J. Neumann, B.R. Jarvinen, C.J. McAdie, J.D. Elms;
Asheville, NC, (1993), Prepared by the National Climatic Data Center,
Asheville, NC, in cooperation with the National Hurricane Center, Coral
Gables, FL, 193 pp.

________Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, 1871-1993,
An Historical Survey_________
A recent book providing a historical perspective of Florida Hurricanes
is _Florida Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, 1871-1993, An Historical Survey_,
F. Doehring, I.W. Duedall, and J.M. Williams, (1994), Tp-71, Florida Sea
Grant College Program, Gainesville, Florida, USA, 118 pp.

________Cyclone Tracy, Picking up the Pieces_______
Twenty years after Cyclone Tracy, this book recreates, by interviews
with survivors, the events during and after the cyclone that nearly
destroyed Darwin, Australia: _Cyclone Tracy, Picking up the pieces_, B.
Bunbury, (1994), Fremantle Arts Centre Press, South Fremantle, Australia,
148 pp.

________Hurricanes___________
An introductory text book for young readers on hurricanes by
Sally Lee, Franklin Watts Publishing, New York, 63 pp.

 

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