Further Reading

Books and Articles

Bluestein, Howard B. Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. The tornado expert and chaser Bluestein shares his love of tornadoes and the science behind them.

Heavy rains triggered by an El Niño event led to flooding in Rillito Creek, Tucson, Arizona, that caused substantial damage in October 1983. (USGS)

Books and Articles

Bluestein, Howard B. Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. The tornado expert and chaser Bluestein shares his love of tornadoes and the science behind them.

Heavy rains triggered by an El Niño event led to flooding in Rillito Creek, Tucson, Arizona, that caused substantial damage in October 1983. (USGS)

Budyko, Mikhail I., O. A. Drozcov, and M. I. Yudin. "The Impact of Economic Activity on Climate." Soviet Geography: Review and Translation 12 (December 1971): 666-679. Translated from Sovremennyye problemy klimatologii, M. I. Budyko, editor. Leningrad: Gidrometeoizdat, 1966. Budyko and his colleagues point out how humans are modifying climate through the burning of fossil fuels and industrialization.

Ewing, Maurice, and William L. Donn. "A Theory of Ice Ages." Science 123 (1956): 1061-1066. Ewing and Donn argue that the melting of the Arctic ice sheet due to global warming will ultimately trigger a new ice age as precipitation increases in the high latitudes.

Fagan, Brian. Floods, Famines, and Emperors: El Niño and the Fate of Civilizations. New York: Basic Books, 2000. The author discusses the impact of El Niño around the world.

Friedan, Betty. "The Coming Ice Age." Harper's Magazine 217 (September 1958): 39-45. Friedan discusses the possibility that global climate is heading for a much colder phase.

Gleick, James. Chaos: Making a New Science. New York: Viking, 1987. This delightful, nontechnical book explains the role of chaos throughout the natural world.

Lorenz, Edward N. "Deterministic Nonperiodic Flow." Journal of

Atmospheric Sciences 20 (1963): 130-141. Lorenz introduces the concept of chaos theory.

-. "The Problem of Deducing the Climate from the Governing

Equations." Tellus 16 (1964): 1-11. Lorenz examines why climate modeling may be more difficult than weather modeling.

Manabe, Syukuro, and Richard T. Wetherald. "Thermal Equilibrium of the Atmosphere with a Given Distribution of Relative Humidity." Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences 24 (1967): 241-259. This article discusses their climate model, which included the combined effects of radiation transfer and the hydrologic cycle.

Mitchell, J. M. "Recent Secular Changes of Global Temperature." Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 95 (1961): 235-250. Mitchell discusses global temperature trends as of the early 1960s.

Philander, S. George. Our Affair with El Niño: How We Transformed an Enchanting Peruvian Current into a Global Climate Hazard. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2004. Philander describes how El Niño and La Niña are part of an atmospheric oscillation that has been taking place for many years.

Purdom, James F. W., and W. Paul Menzel. "Evolution of Satellite Observations in the United States and Their Use in Meteorology." In James Rodger Fleming, editor, Historical Essays on Meteorology 1919-1995: The Diamond Anniversary History Volume of the American Meteorological Society. Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1996. The authors provide a brief discussion of the early development of weather satellites.

Weart, Spencer R. The Discovery of Global Warming. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2003. This excellent book gives the background and current status of the global warming debate; the companion Web site contains more information. Available online. URL: http://www. aip.org/history/climate. Accessed March 14, 2006.

Web Sites

Ping Chang. "The Physics of El Niño." Physicsweb. Available online. URL: http://physicsweb.org/articles/world/11/8/8/1. Accessed March 15, 2006. Physicsweb is the Web version of the magazine Physics World, which includes articles of interest by, and about, the world physics community.

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