Discover the amazing world of freak weather with this incredible collection of images. Richard Hamblyn offers a selection of truly breathtaking weather phenomena, from the beautiful snow rollers that form on icy rooftops to awe-inspiring displays of volcanic lightning. Each stunning photograph is accompanied by commentary by the award-winning science writer, whose intelligent and informative explanations make the science behind these extraordinary events accessible and entertaining. Selected images are taken from a variety of angles to emphasize phenomena considered unbelievable until you have seen them with your own eyes.
Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Cloud Book (2008), Extraordinary Clouds (2009) and The Invention of Clouds (2002), which won the LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is currently Writer in Residence at the Environment Institute, University College London.
1. Storm, Tempests & Floods; Hurricanes, Waterspouts, Giant Waves, Big Winds Downpours, Floods and Inundations; 2. Ice & Snow; Snowstorms and Drifts, Avalanches, Snow Rollers, Icicles, Hail, Frost Phenomena; 3. Heat & Drought; Dust Storms, Droughts, Desertifiction, Forest Fires; 4. Atmospherics; Fogs, Lightning, Mirages, Weird Clouds, Fogbows, Brocken Spectre, Green Ray, Aurora; 5. Strange Phenomena; Volcano Weather, Earthquake Weather, Rain of Fish; 6. Man-Made Weather; Rainmaking, Contrails, Climate Change.