"Galveston was a delightful place in which to live, and possessed a lotus-eater charm for the visitors. . . . Yet all this brightness, beauty and happiness were to be swiftly blotted out by the dark shadow of a terrific hurricane."
-Joseph L. Cline
This is the autobiography of the maligned, cussed, discussed, much beloved Texas weatherman who played a pivotal role in the 1900 Galveston Hurricane. In 1892 Joseph L. Cline, the brother of Dr. Isaac Monroe Cline, joined his sibling in the service of the Weather Bureau in Galveston. Eight years later, he became one of the town's heroes.
Working in conjunction with his brother, Cline was responsible for sending out the last message to Washington, D. C., that explained the gravity of the situation at Galveston. As a result, aid was swift in arriving, and many lives were undoubtedly saved.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Of the author, the chief of the Weather Bureau wrote that "probably no man will ever render such noble service for humanity" as Joseph L. Cline did at Galveston. To commemorate the centennial of that fateful event, Storms, Floods and Sunshine: Isaac Monroe Cline, an Autobiography ($25.00), Story of the 1900 Galveston Hurricane ($25.00), and The Great Galveston Disaster ($17.95 pb), are also available from Pelican.
WHEN THE HEAVENS FROWNED
By Joseph L. Cline
240 pp. 5½ x 8½
EAN: 978-1-56554-783-4 pb (F)