Book Review: Storm Surge – Adam Sobel

storm surge coverTitle: Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future
Author: Adam Sobel
ISBN: 9780062304766
Pages: 336
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Publisher: HarperWave
Genre: Nonfiction, Science
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4 out of 5


Hurricane Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy or Frankenstorm Sandy. It was unprecedented in many ways: its size and its direction, just to name two. Meteorologist and scientist Adam Sobel takes us inside the storm to understand what exactly happened with Sandy, to discover whether climate change was responsible, and to understand what this means for the future of storms.

Snapshot Review:

Adam Sobel provides a fascinating overview of hurricanes, weather tracking, and climate change in Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future. The narrative of Sandy’s events, mixed with a commentary on the science behind it, provides an interesting bird’s eye view in this unique book.

Full Review:

I’m always curious about science, so when I saw Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future, I was immediately intrigue. Being in Washington, DC, I remember Hurricane Sandy well, though it didn’t hit us nearly as badly as New Jersey or New York. I was curious about the ins and outs of this storm, as well as how it tied into climate change, and Adam Sobel didn’t disappoint.

Sobel starts Storm Surge with a history of storm tracking and basic information on hurricanes. He delivers a lot of information of these pages, but the narrative is never dry or boring. The chapters are short, which means the reader can take time to digest the concepts presented in the book, and some chapters are broken up into helpful subheadings. This thoughtful organization really helps with the readability of the book, as there is a lot of information jam packed into these pages.

Interspersed among the information about hurricanes and storm tracking is the narrative of the events of Hurricane Sandy. Sobel takes us through this storm, day by day, as it grew and became a thing of gigantic proportions, merging with another storm to become a superstorm of unprecedented size. Why did this happen? Why did the track of the storm go the way it did, even though this had never happened before? Sobel tackles these and many other questions in Storm Surge.

Storm Sturge isn’t a book about climate change, but that certainly plays a huge role in the narrative. Sobel discusses what the rising temperature of the seas means for storms such as Sandy, and what it can mean for our weather going forward. His conclusions can be uncomfortable at times, but they’re backed up with many facts and solid theories. If you’re at all interested in weather, climate change, or just like learning new things, like I do, then Storm Surge is definitely a book that should be on your radar (pun slightly intended).

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  1. Yep, this sounds super fascinating.

  2. This sounds like a good book for non-fiction november.

  3. I am fascinated with weather and storms so I would like to give this one a try!

  4. Thanks for a good review. So you were in Washington D.C. at the time?


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