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Bruce Sterling


Heavy Weather
Year 1994
Publisher Millennium  (Orion Books)
ISBN 1857981936



It's 2031, and no one doubts any longer that the atmosphere's been wrecked ...

The Storm Troupers - media unit, scientists, techno-freaks - get their kicks from weather.  In their fleet of second-hand buses - customized computer labs and portable weather stations - and the occasional state-of-the-art dream craft, they chase after storms.  Hooked up to drones through virtual-reality rigs, Storm Troupers can plunge like maddened darts into the eye of a storm, to surf a ride from hell.  There's no thrill like it.

In a world of marvels - and of awesome problems - they're following a nomadic course across central USA, in pursuit of the holy grail: an 'F6', a tornado of an intensity completely off the scale.  This is dangerous in the extreme.  Also dangerous: the bad tensions within the Storm Troupers that just might meet up with some of the craziness beyond.  And some people's dreams are full of tornado trails, of shining insane paths of endless howling destruction ...




Hip, visionary, full of energy and excitement: as much about what the next century will bring, as about a bunch of wild nomads longing to be blown away; multi-media guru Bruce Sterling's superb Heavy Weather is not to be missed.


Hurricane Katrina



Credit: NASA

Hurricane Katrina
Warm ocean waters fuel hurricanes, and there was plenty of warm water for Katrina to build up strength once she crossed over Florida and moved into the Gulf of Mexico. This image depicts a 3-day average of actual sea surface temperatures (SSTs) for the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, from August 25-27, 2005. Every area in yellow, orange or red represents 82 degrees Fahrenheit or above. A hurricane needs SSTs at 82 degrees or warmer to strengthen. The data came from the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite. The GOES satellite provided the cloud data for this image.

NASA Image of the day archive





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