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Zeitoun

by Dave Eggers

Zeitoun
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    Jul 2009, 342 pages
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    Jun 2010, 368 pages

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Hurricanes
The term "hurricane" is believed to originate with the Carib people of the West Indies (after whom the Caribbean was named). Historians believe that the Carib word huracan was probably derived from the Mayan storm god, Hunraken or the K'iche god of thunder and lightning, Hurakan. K'iche (in Spanish Quiché) is a part of the Mayan language family spoken by many people in the central highlands of Guatemala.

Hurricanes form when moisture from warm ocean water (at least 80oF/27oC) combines with warm air at the ocean surface.   The developing storm is then hit by a strong surface wind that spirals the air inward.  Bands of thunderstorms form over this storm which allows the air to warm further and rise higher into the atmosphere.  Lighter winds at higher levels allow the structure to remain intact and grow.  Because of the sea temperatures needed to form a hurricane they occur almost exclusively in the tropics, but cannot form within 300 ...

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