CATASTROPHE: Abyss from the Indies

Year in, year out across the northern U. S., great areas of high and low pressure, each several hundred miles in diameter, roll like atmospheric groundswells—the lows bringing overcast and rainy weather, the highs fair skies. Compared to this relatively placid atmospheric topography, the antics of West Indies weather are fantastic. In that tropical neighborhood, pits of low pressure suddenly take form, airy abysses miles deep into which winds from the high-pressure areas rush from all sides not at 30, 40, 50 m. p. h. but at 75, TOO, even 200 m....

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