Violent storms: A case for study
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 60, Issue 47, pages 997–998, 20 November 1979
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1979), Violent storms: A case for study, Eos Trans. AGU, 60(47), 997–998, doi:10.1029/EO060i047p00997.(
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Although not an outstanding exception, this year has been a year of violent storms in many parts of the world. The occurrences, by date and location, showed no absences from the normal hurricane season, and yet a number of intense cyclonic disturbances with winds of hurricane strength well outside of the statistical envelope were reported this year. Perhaps one of the reasons that the violent storms of 1979 have appeared to be an unusual trend is that the methods of information gathering have improved, in part by the use of satellites, and because in a few instances, storms this year have been described by victims in unusual circumstances for observation (for example, this summer when a storm of short duration but of hurricane strength crossed the path of competitors in the traditional Fastnet Sailing Race in the Irish Sea, causing 23 deaths and the loss of 15 ocean-racing sailing vessels, it became the worst sailing disaster in history). Articles in recent federal government publications, based on information provided by the National Hurricane Center in Miami, focus on the problems of hurricanes, with titles such as ‘Another Galveston?’ (NOAA Magazine, July 1979) and ‘Hurricane Alley’ (Mariners Weather Log, September 1979).