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By Doug Lennox

"When it rains, it pours," specially by way of best-selling writer Doug Lennox's Now you recognize severe climate . international warming, killer hurricanes, murderous tornadoes, melting permafrost -- climate issues us all, and now with this tightly packed compenium of questions and solutions, all people can get the lowdown on such things as:

What makes an ideal hurricane perfect?

Where's the world's most well-liked place?

Why was once storm Katrina so destructive?

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In the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, twenty-seven named storms were tracked, fifteen of which were hurricanes, three more than the previous record. Four of the hurricanes reached Category 5 status, two more than ever before — and all four caused a great deal of destruction. They were Emily, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. The last three all struck parts of the United States. Emily confined its damage to Grenada, the Yucatan Peninsula, and Mexico. The fewest hurricanes recorded in a single year was one, in 1890.

Hailstones have killed people, sometimes in great numbers. On April 14, 1986, ninety-two people died in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh following a hailstorm with stones weighing more than a kilogram. Hailstorms in North America have taken human life occasionally, but never in such horrific numbers. Animals have also suffered grievously. In one storm in Montana, more than two hundred sheep are said to have died. A storm in southern Alberta took the lives of more than 36,000 ducks in 1953. What are the property losses from hailstorms?

Up until March 2004, the South Atlantic was considered a hurricane-free zone because the ocean was too cold to sustain such large storms. Then Catarina came ashore in Brazil, in the province of the same name, leaving 38 people dead and 2,000 homeless. Catarina was a Category 1 hurricane with winds of about 85 miles per hour (140 kilometres per hour). Where do hurricanes form? Hurricanes need water temperatures of about 80°F (27°C) to develop. The hurricanes that affect eastern North America usually form in the eastern Atlantic, in tropical latitudes, north of the equator.

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