Eric Fisher's enthusiasm for big weather is well-known to those who've watched the meteorologist on WBZ-TV and The Weather Channel. Readers of Mighty Storms of New England will be treated to the written version of that enthusiasm.

Fisher is at his best when he takes the time to describe how a particular storm came about. For instance, in his description of the 1998 ice storm, he does us all a service by digging into the details of why some precipitation that starts aloft as rain ends up hitting the ground as sleet while under other conditions it will turn into freezing rain that accumulates on surfaces, often with disastrous results.

Another particularly informative section is his introduction to floods, pointing out how much humans have done in “making flooding worse even as technology and knowledge advance.” The growth of cities and towns has meant that water that was once absorbed...

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