A comprehensive survey of the state's wild and crazy weather history
From Hurricane Katrina and the Mississippi River floods to the devastating droughts of 2000 and 2011; from a high temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of -19, Mississippi has its share of weather extremes. In fact, Mississippi's rainfall can be described in terms of "feast or famine." Even during the feast years, precipitation may come at the wrong time for farmers to plant crops or in unwanted quantities. The Pearl River flood of 1979 is an example of too much falling over a short period of time with disastrous consequences. Mississippi Weather and Climate explores some of the reasons behind these vast extremes.
Two critical chapters answer questions: What shapes Mississippi's climate? And what are "normal" weather conditions? Three chapters take a closer look at some of Mississippi's most dramatic meteorological catastrophes. The book covers historical events including the Candlestick Park tornado, Hurricanes Camille and Katrina, and the ice storms of 1994 and 1998. In addition to describing Mississippi's past climate, the book explores what the future may hold for residents of the state. Finally, the last two chapters reveal how weather information is collected and reported and how the weather and climate affect the way people live and build. Mississippi Weather and Climate is a fascinating look at the science behind the weather and how natural events affect the people and land in the Magnolia State.
Kathleen Sherman-Morris, Starkville, Mississippi, is assistant professor of geography and climatology at Mississippi State University. Charles L. Wax, Starkville, Mississippi, is professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University. He is the state climatologist. Michael E. Brown, Starkville, Mississippi, is associate professor of meteorology and climatology at Mississippi State University.
224 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 33 b&w photographs, 48 maps, 31 charts, 8 tables, bibliography, index