A Student Guide to Climate and Weather [5 volumes] by Angus M. Gunn

By Angus M. Gunn

A finished consultant to the elements, weather, and their influence on human life.

• chronologies, one on major climate occasions in U.S. historical past and one on climate occasions all through human historical past round the world

• a rare visible software jam-packed with images, illustrations, diagrams, and tables

• quite a few actions in each one quantity, together with experiments, simulations, dialogue questions, and problems

• wide bibliography of print and on-line assets for additional exploration

• an entire word list of key terms

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Even the best-constructed homes were helpless against the repeated attacks of the dust storms. Breathing was painful, and fresh food was quickly ruined. Even in refrigerators there was no escape. A thin film of dust lay across the shelves. People experienced electric shocks every time they touched anything that was metal, just as happens today in dry hot locations. Kansas experienced more damage than most states. From such states as Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas hundreds of thousands of people migrated westward in the wake of the destruction A dust storm on the Great Plains overwhelms farmhouses during the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s.

China has suffered more than any other country from these recurring floods, so it will be examined first. Then we will take note of two other areas of the world, the United States and the Netherlands (also known as Holland), where unpredictable weather conditions have caused levels of rain and wind that led to devastating floods. What Is Humidity? The amount at any given time is measured in terms of, or relative to, the maximum possible amount of water vapor that the air can hold. When the temperature increases, the relative amount of water vapor drops.

Over time we adjust to a particular regime of weather and get used to living with it, but a sudden change upsets life for some time. This four-hundred-year period came to be known as the Little Ice Age because, like the Great Ice Age, it extended over a long period of time. There were short stretches of time in which temperatures reached the levels of the earlier warm years, but, during the time of lowest temperatures, from about 1350 onward in Britain, the story of life there is one of great hardship.

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