Storm (novel)

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Storm is a novel written by George Rippey Stewart and published in 1941. The book became a best-seller and helped lead to the naming of tropical cyclones worldwide,[1] even though the main character of the book was an extratropical cyclone.[2]

Plot summary[edit]

A cyclone develops offshore Japan, and becomes a significant storm that moves into California as a blizzard of significance for the Sierra Nevada range, with snowfall amounts of 20 feet (6.1 m). The book is divided into twelve chapters: one chapter for each day of the storm's existence. The storm's beneficial effects include averting a locust plague and ending a drought. Its harmful effects include flooding a valley near Sacramento, endangering a plane, stalling a train, and leading to the deaths of 16 people. It spawns a new cyclone which significantly affects New York.[3]

Legacy[edit]

This book led to the inspiration for the Lerner and Loewe song They Call the Wind Maria, [1] performed in the musical Paint Your Wagon. It also helped lead to the idea of naming tropical cyclones.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Heidorn, Keith C. "George Stewart's Storm: Remembering A Classic.". The Weather Doctor. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  2. ^ Dorst, Neal. "Frequently Asked Questions: What fictional books, plays, and movies have been written involving tropical cyclones?". Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Hurricane Research Division. Retrieved 2006-12-10. 
  3. ^ Time Magazine. Tainted Air. Retrieved on 2006-12-10.