the impact map based on 1982. The reader should be I especially appreciated chapters 4 and 8. Nearly aware that the term "tropical cyclone frequency" used 15 years ago I heard a seminar by my former colleague in this chapter is actually the number of days of sys- Colin Ramage entitled "Teleconnections and the Siege tems with tropical storm or greater intensity for the of Time" in which he raised the subject of stability of North Atlantic. A glaring omitted impact is the ex- teleconnection patterns by demonstrating apparent ceptional 1982-83 tropical cyclone season for breakdowns of certain teleconnections in the mid- French Polynesia. Nevertheless, the large-scale 1960s. In chapter 4, the authors clearly demonstrate picture of impacts is well presented. I wish they had variability of ENSO teleconnections over a century by been able to include more recent events such as the showing 21-year SOI correlation patterns. The reader can understand why teleconnection-based climate pre- 1986-87 El Nino and 1988 La Nina. diction (e.g., monsoon rains) has experienced several Overall, El Nino Southern Oscillation and Climatic periods of popularity punctuated by decades of Variability is an excellent reference. In an economi- disfavor. cal manner, it describes the broad aspects of the phe- nomena, introduces important concepts of climatic In chapter 8, impact maps are presented, which at- variability, and offers a valuable presentation of the tempt to identify all major anomalies of precipitation, latest relevant databases. The amount of color mate- river discharge, air temperature, and tropical cyclone rial presented is remarkable. I expect to make frequent frequency associate with both El Nino and La Nina use of this reference.—Thomas A Schroeder. phases. Unfortunately, the last El Nino included is 1982 and the last La Nina in 1975. The broad picture is good Thomas A. Schroeder is acting director of the Joint but from a parochial viewpoint details are lost. For Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the example, drought in the Hawaiian Islands usually oc- University of Hawaii. He has lived through four curs in the winter subsequent to El Nino maturation. Thus, the 1983 Hawaii El Nino drought is absent from El Nihos in his time in Hawaii. :C>: r \ America n Institute of Chemical Engineers A. Deepa k Publishing 34 5 East 47th St. lOl Research Dr. Ne w York, NY 10017 Hampton , VA 23666-1340 Telephone : 800-242-4363 Telephone : 757-865-0332 BasicBook s Elsevie r Science 10 East 53rd St. 65 5 Avenue of the Americas Ne w York, NY 10022-5299 Ne w York, NY looi o Telephone : 212-207-7522 Telephone : 212-989-5800 Cambridg e University Press Kluwer Academic Publishers 4 0 W. 2 0 St., New York, NY lOOl 1 lOl Philip Dr. Norwell, MA 02061 Telephone : 800-872-7423 Telephone : 617-871-6600 CSIRO Publishing P.O. Box 1 139, 150 Oxford St. Plenu m Publishing Corporation Collingwood, VIC 3006, Australia 23 3 Spring St., New York, NY 10013 Telephone : 800-221-9369 Telephone : 613 0 3 9662 7666 1516 Vol. 78, , No . 7, July 1997
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