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By Michael J. Tougias

ISBN-10: 1451683359

ISBN-13: 9781451683356


Seventy-foot waves batter a torn existence raft 250 miles out to sea in a single of the world’s most threatening areas, the Gulf flow. striking directly to the raft are 3 males, a Canadian, a Brit, and their captain, JP de Lutz, a twin citizen of the US and France. Their capsized forty-seven-foot sailboat has choked with water and disappeared under the tempestuous sea. the large waves again and again toss the boys out in their tiny vessel, and JP, with 9 damaged ribs, is hypothermic and at the verge of loss of life. The captain, even though, is a remarkably difficult personality, having survived a brutal boyhood, and now he needs to depend on a similar internal power to out live the typhoon.

Trying to arrive those survivors sooner than it’s too past due are 4 courageous Coast Guardsmen combating typhoon- strength winds of their Jayhawk helicopter. They be aware of the waves may be severe, but if they come they're astounded to discover that the big seas have waves achieving 80 ft. decreasing the wind-whipped helicopter to drop a rescue swimmer into such chaos should be tremendous harmful. The pilots ponder whether they've got a practical probability of saving the sailors clinging to the damaged existence raft, and in the event that they might be capable of even retrieve their very own rescue swimmer from the towering seas. when they decide to the rescue, they locate themselves in nearly as a lot hassle because the survivors, dealing with one life-and-death second after the following.

Also stuck within the hurricane are 3 different boats, every one in a Mayday scenario. Of the 10 humans on those boats, simply six will ever see land back.

Spellbinding, harrowing, and meticulously researched, A hurricane Too Soon is a bright account concerning the strong collision among the forces of nature and the human will to outlive. writer Michael J. Tougias, identified for his fast paced writing variety and character-driven tales, tells this precise saga within the current demanding to provide the reader an exciting, edge-of-your-seat immediacy. A hurricane Too Soon is Tougias at his masterful most sensible and a heart-pounding narrative of survival, the facility of the human spirit, and the most extraordinary rescues ever tried.

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5 km to about 1SC h- 1 for a cloud top at 10 km. Near cloud top extremely large heating rates occur, due primarily to droplet absorption. However, it was hypothesized that cloud inhomogeneities tend to distribute radiation absorption more uniformly throughout the cloud body than the present results suggest. The present model was based upon uniform cloud conditions throughout the cloud body. A study of radiation characteristics in a cloud with decreasing liquid water content from cloud top METEOROLOGICAL MONOGRAPHS to cloud base showed that bulk cloud reflectance, transmittance and absorptance were nearly identical to those of a uniform cloud of equal optical depth.

Optical depth is a function of both extinction coefficient and cloud thickness. The extinction coefficient is a function of drop size distribution and drop concentration. Therefore, for a given drop size distribution, multiple combinations of drop concentration and cloud thickness can provide equal values of cloud optical depth. In the type of water clouds considered here, droplet concentrations may range from about 50 to 500 cm- 3 (Mason, 1971; Pruppacher and Klett, 1978). While not necessarily an average value, concentrations of 100 cm- 3 are often reported in the literature (Sartor and Cannon, 1977).

12a. 12b. 15 /Lm, for drop size distributions with equal drop concentrations but different cloud thicknesses. 15/Lm wavelength regions for cases in which there are significantly different drop concentrations. 5 /Lm may be able to discriminate between variations in drop concentrations and cloud thickness and, therefore, drop size distributions, even for clouds of equal optical thickness. 8 /Lm. This combination then prescribes a technique for remote sensing using the solar spectrum. 5 Summary Since clouds play such a crucial role in the determination of the earth's energy budget, a rather thorough analysis of cloud reflectance (albedo), transmittance and absorptance under a wide variety of cloud conditions was presented.

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