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Change in the Weather Weather Extremes and the British Climate by Philip Eden

Change in the Weather Weather Extremes and the British Climate


Change in the Weather Weather Extremes and the British Climate by Philip Eden

'It is extraordinary what a sadistic old crone Mother Nature is when you think about it. Even in a comparatively benign climate like ours: we have gallons of water thrown at us at regular intervals, we can be thrown half way across the country by winds gusting to 100 mph or more, blankets of fog may hide practically everything familiar from view, and we run the risk of being blasted into next week by a million-bolt of lightning. And on occasion she will even launch an artillery barrage of solid ice missiles at 50 or 60 mph - in other words hailstones - or utterly transform the landscape under a six inch layer of snow'. In such language, Eden sets the tone for his new book. He now investigates further the extremes of weather we experience and the dire consequences for farmers, builders and above all insurance companies who live by a calculation of actuarial risk. Many of us have become disconnected from our climate, writes Eden. However bizarre weather events may seem at the time, there is usually a precedent for them, and there is always a scientific explanation. Only by reconnecting in this way can we have proper historical and scientific contexts in which to place the sequence of interesting and unusual meteorological phenomena we will experience in coming years.


A sequel to Philip Eden's hugely successful book The Daily Telegraph Book of the Weather. 'Thought-provoking views and a passion for his subject make Philip Eden's writing a compulsive read.
John Kettley

'Informative, entertaining and authoritative- excellent in every way.'
Patrick Moore

About the Author

Philip Eden is the weather correspondent of the Daily Telegraph and presenter of his own programme on Radio Five Live. He lives in Essex and is the author of The Daily Telegraph Book of the Weather.

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Publication date

6th April 2006


Philip Eden

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


256 pages





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