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Imponderables (R): Science (Collins Gem) by David Feldman

By David Feldman

I used to be extrememly disenchanted whilst I observed the scale of this "mini-book". i bought it for a present for my spouse's father and used to be virtually embarrassed to ship it.

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WHY DOES HEAT LIGHTNING ALWAYS SEEM FAR AWAY? AND WHY DON’T YOU EVER HEAR THUNDER DURING HEAT LIGHTNING? eat lightning is actually distant lightning produced by an electrical storm too far away to be seen by the observer. What you see is actually the H Science 45 diffused reflection of the distant lightning on clouds. You don’t hear thunder because the actual lightning is too far away from you for the sound to be audible. There is thunder where the lightning is actually occurring. 46 Imponderables ?

T. Theodore Fujita, a tornado scientist who developed the scale commonly used to rank the severity of tornadoes, considered the role of skyscrapers and population density in thwarting the development of small tornadoes. ” Fujita theorized that perhaps the city’s higher temperature than surrounding areas (a phenomenon we discussed in our Imponderables book Why Don’t Cats Like to Swim? ” Other major population centers that have been studied for tornado patterns, London and Tokyo, also seem to enjoy a relative Science 29 dearth of small-tornado activity.

After all, the four minutes saved could be devoted to more important news, like a graphic depiction of another grisly murder or a juicy political scandal. “It Never Rains in Southern California,” warbled Albert Hammond in his 1972 gold record. Not quite accurate, Albert, but not a bad meteorological generalization from someone who spent most of his life in Gibraltar. The weather is more moderate on the left coast and certainly much warmer in winter. Why is this? I 20 Imponderables The one principle we have managed to glean from those weathercasts is that the prevailing winds in North America move from west to east.

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