Georgia in the 1700s and also northeast Florida in the In addition to sources on floods, tornadoes, and hurri- early 1800s, which were largely destroyed by an ex- canes , it covers hailstorms, thunderstorms, tremely severe freeze in 1835. The 1835 and numer- downbursts, microbursts, wind shear, thunder, light- ous other freezes up to 1997 are described in consid- ning, typhoons, waterspouts, whirlwinds, funnels, cy- erable detail, including lists of observed temperatures, clones, sandstorms, duststorms, forest fires, gales, brief synoptic descriptions, descriptions of fruit and squalls, haze, fog, heavy rains, landslides, flash floods, tree damage, and the resulting economic impact (in- freezing rain, bad visibility, icing, snowstorms, ava- cluding the investment futures market). One chapter lanches, drought, and volcanoes. The references also is devoted to the Federal State Frost Warning Service cover forecasting and modeling of these bad weather beginning in 1935 and terminated in 1996, and another phenomena, as well as weather-related disasters, prop- chapter to future freezes and impacts. This book should erty damage,and personal injury. be of interest to applied meteorologists, especially private forecasters. The Science Editor's Soapbox (W. J. Lipton, 1998, K 4 93 pp., $18.00, softbound, Science Soapbox, ISBN 0-9663011-0-2). During his nine years as science edi- tor for horticultural magazines, Walter Lipton saw many examples of abuse of the English language and writing style in manuscripts he edited. Periodically, he wrote a column in these journals to assist writers by pointing out common errors, and this booklet is largely a collection of these columns. Included in this book- let are sections "Ideas and Admonitions," "Using the Language that Connects," "Information Transfer that Editor's Note: The September 1948 Bul- Clicks," and an appendix with a list of "deadly sins." letin contained the minutes of the meeting While many of the examples are slanted toward hor- of the Council on 21 April 1948. Included ticulture, the book was written for all scientists who was the following item, marking the for- write in the English language. mal approval of the Compendium of Me- teorology undertaking. Global Climate Change: A CD-ROM Guide to the Literature (1998, $195.00, CD-ROM, Inforonics, ISBN 0-924567-00-7). This new CD-ROM-based searching tool gives access to over 10 000 citations. 25, VOTED, to authorize Henry DeC. Ward, Trea- The "virtual library" consists of a database covering surer, of the American Meteorological Society, selected scientific literature from 1975 to 1997, along to sign Contract No. W 28-099 ac-399 with the with a Windows-based search engine for quickly find- United States of America for and on behalf of the ing pertinent articles. The citations are derived from Society. (This vote followed a summary by over 300 publications from the world's literature, in- Chairman Houghton of the con- cluding journal articles, reports, books, dissertations tract committee, of the essentials and theses, and monographs. Topics cover the causes of the $94,700 contract that had and effects of global warming, greenhouse gases, re- been negotiated with the Watson cent climate change, and paleoclimatology, along with Laboratories, Air Material Com- considerable information on stratospheric ozone deple- mand, for the preparation of an tion and the ozone holes. appraisal of the present state of the science of meteorology.) Severe and Hazardous Weather (1998, $195.00, CD- ROM, Inforonics, ISBN 0-924567-01-5). This CD- ROM is a comprehensive reference to over 900 ab- stracts of articles from over 400 sources spanning more Bull Amer. Meteor. Soc., 29, 375. than 22 years and covering all types of bad weather. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 1 847
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Published: Sep 1, 1998
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