In this Troll Associates book, Laurence Santrey gives us a surprisingly thorough explanation of wind – its causes and effect – in its most basic and more complicated forms.
The bit I appreciated the most was the explanation of how hurricanes form. It came after air masses and the tendency of hot air to rise had been discussed.
“A tornado begins when a large mass of cold air blows over a mass of warm air. The warm air wants to go up, and the cold air wants to go down. The two masses press very hard against each other.
At last, the hot air finds a weak spot in the cold air. The hot air forces through and goes shooting up. A powerful wind is born – the terrible tornado.” [pg. 26]
Simplistic, I know, but this is actually the clearest explanation of tornadoes that I’ve ever read.
Conclusion. Good. Weather-minded children will also enjoy Can it Rain Cats and Dogs?
Review © 2015 Laura Verret