A weather expert with an established reputation and a good narrative style sketches the storm by accounting for its many phases from the calm of the vortex to the legal squabbles in Washington that marked the setting up of our present Weather Bureau Service. Extensive in scope, the many chapters deal with the hurricane in all its forms. There is an inquiry into its causes and the mystery of air behaviour that still remains. There are historical hurricanes and the reports that have come down to us from the 16th century. Other topics include a thorough going over of the weatherman's techniques from on-shore stations to the perilous observation flights into the hurricanes themselves; and classifications of different kinds of hurricanes as well as some of the famous ones- Carol, Hazel etc.- that blow last year. All in all, a veritable vortex of facts that should pull the reader in for a refreshing dousing he won't forget.