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Eyewitness Guide 107 Hurricane and Tornado (Eyewitness Guides)
Eyewitness Guide 107 Hurricane & Tornado (Eyewitness Guides)
by Jack Challoner
Hardcover from Dorling Kindersley Child's H/B
ISBN: 0751362166

A description of the reasons for and impact of hurricanes and tornadoes.

by Seymour Simon
Paperback from HarperCollins
Media Published: 2001-
ISBN: 0064437914

With winds that can reach speeds of three hundred miles an hour and funnel clouds that can measure a mile in diameter, tornadoes leave enormous damage in their wake.

Now award-winning author Seymour Simon examines these twisting columns of air and destruction. With the clear, concise style he is noted for, Simon explains how tornadoes are formed, why and when they are most likely to occur, how scientists classify and track them -- and what to do if one touches down. Spectacular full-color photographs show this powerful phenomenon in action.

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 2000--selected by Natn'l Science Tchrs Assoc. & Child. Bk Cncl.

Storm Chaser: A Photographer s Journey
Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey
by Jim Reed
Paperback from Abrams

Issues of global warming continue to be relevant, and every day brings front-page stories about the weather, generating new research, raising even more questions and possible solutions. Storm Chaser is a mesmerizing look at some of the catastrophic consequences of our planet's increasing temperature, captured by an expert in the field. Through breathtaking photos, quotes, letters, and journal entries from climatologists, researchers, political leaders, spiritual advisors, and storm survivors. Storm Chaser chronicles photographer Jim Reed's most thrilling, beautiful, memorable, and dramatic adventures to date.From extraordinary tornadoes to historic hurricanes, remarkable floods, geomagnetic storms, and magnificent lightning, Reed captures not only the mercilessness of America's sometimes deadly weather, but also the magnificence and meaning behind the tempests.The hardcover edition of Storm Chaser received critical acclaim and wide media attention. The New York Times wrote "These are the images that demonstrate the heart of weather's primal draw, and that hold the power to make weather fanatics out of even those of us whose first instinct is to run." Repackaged as a paperback with 16 pages of new material, this revised edition of Storm Chaser provides even more incredible images and the astonishing stories behind them.

F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century
F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century
by Mark Levine
Hardcover from Miramax
Media Published: 2007-
ISBN: 1401352200

It was April 3, 1974. Crime was soaring. Unemployment and inflation were out of control. A costly war had just come to its demoralizing end, and an unpopular President was on his way out of office. Then, over a sixteen-hour period, nature stepped forward with its own display of mayhem: an unprecedented outbreak of 148 tornadoes, covering thirteen states in the heart of the country, from Michigan to Mississippi. Hundreds of people were killed, thousands of homes demolished, and a billion dollars in losses sustained. Sixty-four of the tornadoes would be classified as severely violent; six belonged to the most rare, most deadly category: F5, or "incredible tornadoes."

Like the best nonfiction, F5 is a brilliantly crafted page-turner that reads with the immediacy of a novel, telling a harrowing story of natural disaster against the backdrop of the turbulent 1970s. Acclaimed journalist Mark Levine follows the heart-wrenching fate of a rich cast of intertwined characters -- ordinary Americans whose lives are transformed in a terrifying instant. A pair of teenage lovers are caught while driving on a dark country road; a Vietnam veteran is trapped at home with a newborn baby; a sheriff finds himself in the line of fire twice in rapid succession; a black preacher with a past of dire hardship struggles to protect his family.

Other figures enter the story from the broader cultural scene, including Hank Aaron, on his way to challenging baseball's home run record amid racist death threats; Patty Hearst, whose image as kidnapping victim is undergoing a radical shift; Richard Nixon and George Wallace, both intent on using the storms to their political advantage; and a memorably eccentric scientist, known as Mr. Tornado, who regards the "Superoutbreak" as the apotheosis of his scholarly life. Gripping and revelatory, F5 braids the story of the shattering outbreak with images of social upheaval and individual heroism in a stunning, unforgettable read.

Tornado Alert (Turtleback School and Library Binding Edition) (Let s Read-And-Find-Out Science)
Tornado Alert (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Let's Read-And-Find-Out Science)
by Franklyn M. Branley
School & Library Binding from Turtleback
ISBN: 083354828X

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Describes the origin and nature of tornadoes and how to stay safe when threatened by one of these dangerous storms.

Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado
Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado
by Nancy Mathis
Paperback from Touchstone

May 3, 1999, is a day that Oklahomans will never forget. By the time the sun set over a ravaged plain, some 71 tornadoes had claimed around 11,000 homes and businesses and caused $1 billion in damage. One of them was a mile-wide monster of incredible power, the fiercest F5 twister to hit a metropolitan area, and whose 300 mph winds were the fastest ever recorded.

Veteran journalist Nancy Mathis draws on many interviews to weave the story of those few terrifying hours that irrevocably changed the lives of many Oklahomans. Storm Warning features Kara Wiese, who fought to save her son from the fatal winds; and Charlie Cusack, who followed the tornado's progress on television until it came knocking on his front door. Amazingly, only thirty-eight people perished at the hands of the Oklahoma F5. Many lives were saved by the efforts of professionals such as Ted Fujita, the creator of the Fujita Scale and dubbed "Mr. Tornado" for his relentless pursuit to unravel a twister's mysteries; the oft-criticized but dogged government meteorologists; and Gary England, a resourceful TV weatherman whose tireless efforts prepared hundreds of people in the tornado's path. Storm Warning alternates between personal stories and the history of the struggle to understand this bewildering force of Mother Nature, creating a nail-biting, captivating look at surviving the fury from the skies.

Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather
by Mike Smith
Hardcover from Greenleaf Book Group Press
ISBN: 1608320340

Experience the most devastating storms of the last fifty years through the eyes of the scientific visionaries who took them on and tamed them.

For decades, the author, a pioneering meteorologist, has dedicated himself to saving lives by combining science, experience, and instinct. The struggle to understand nature's fury provides fascinating insights into the natural forces that shape our world, and the turbulent politics that influence our scientific establishment.

Tracing the Herculean effort to improve weather forecasting and advanced warning systems, the author draws fascinating biographical sketches of the scientists behind the breakthroughs, such as Dr. Theodore Fujita, creator of the Fujita Scale for tornado measurement.

With its gripping story-telling approach to major natural disasters, Warnings is narrative nonfiction at its heart-pounding best.

''I highly recommend this exceptional book.''
--Roger Pielke, Sr., Pielke Climate Science blog

''The weatherman's version of The Right Stuff--Mike Smith's Warnings. I recommend it highly.''
--Tom Fuller, The Examiner

''A fascinating journey inside the world of weather and the mind and heart of the meteorologist. A great read for anyone.''
--Bob Ryan, chief meteorologist, WRC TV (NBC), Washington DC, former president, American Meteorological Society

''This book chronicles the remarkable advances that have occurred in meteorology over the past 50 years--not through dry statistics but through very personal stories. The book discusses the virtual elimination of airline crashes due to wind shear and the thousands of lives saved by hurricane warnings. Its primary focus is on severe storms in the Midwestern U.S., but the issues raised about the evolution of forecasting the weather, and the impact those forecasts have on the people and commerce, are much more universal. The narrative throughout the book is engaging and compelling, and I found it very hard to put down after reading just the first few pages.This book is not just for hard-core weather enthusiasts or those who work in weather-related fields (though they will love it). Anyone who has ever watched a stormy sky on warm afternoon or felt moved by the images on the news following the Greensburg tornado or Hurricane Katrina (both of which are covered in this book) will get pulled into the narrative of this book.''
--Keith Seitter, Executive Director, American Meteorological Society Boston

Tornadoes (My First Discovery) (Earth s Power)
Tornadoes (My First Discovery) (Earth's Power)
by David Armentrout, Patricia Armentrout
Paperback from Ideals Publications
ISBN: 0824914139

An exciting new Adventures in Reading series designed to capture the reluctant reader's attention with captivating photos and descriptions of nature's raw fury.

This book showcases and explains tornadoes that have made headlines in recent years. Kids' natural fascination with destructive natural phenomena keeps their interest high while reading this series.


A World Turned Over: A Killer Tornado and the Lives It Changed Forever
by Lorian Hemingway
(Hardcover -- July )

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies
by Warren Faidley
(Paperback -- August )

The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm
by Thomas P. Grazulis
(Hardcover -- April )

Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains
by Howard B. Bluestein
Hardcover: 192 pages
Oxford University Press; ISBN: 0195105524;

Caught In The Path, A Tornado's Fury, A Community's Rebirth
by Carolynglenn Brewer, Carolyn Glenn Brewer
(Paperback -- April )

Do Tornadoes Really Twist?: Questions and Answers About Tornadoes and Hurricanes (Scholastic Q & A)
by Melvin Berger, et al
(Paperback -- November )

Eye of the Storm: Inside the World's Deadliest Hurricanes, Tornadoes, and Blizzards
by Jeffrey P. Rosenfeld
(Hardcover -- May )

The Great Cyclone at St. Louis and East St. Louis, May 27, 1896: Being a Full History of the Most Terrifying and Destructive Tornado in the History o
by Julian Curzon (Compiler), Tim O'Neil
(Paperback -- May )

Scanning the Skies: A History of Tornado Forecasting
by Marlene Bradford
(Hardcover -- April )

Storms, Tornadoes, Floods and Droughts
by EOA Scientific Systems Inc. (CD-ROM -- March 23, )

Storm Chasers (Watts Library-Earth Science)
by Trudi Strain Trueit
(School & Library Binding -- March )
Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of an Adventure Movie
by Keay Davidson
(Paperback -- June )

Tornado (Wild Weather)
by Catherine Chambers
(Library Binding -- May )

Twisters! (Step into Reading, Step 2, paper)
by Lucille Recht Penner, Kazushige Nitta (Illustrator)
(Paperback -- September )

Under the Whirlwind: Everything You Need to Know About Tornadoes but Didn't Know Who to Ask
by Jerrine Verkaik, Arjen Verkaik
(Paperback -- March )

Storm of Spirit
by Nancy Martin-Rouse
Having experienced the tornadoes in the Spring of 1998, the author spoke with children who witnessed this disaster, lost their homes and families. Together they created a book to help children deal with the trauma, and to focus on the positive power of the human spirit to rebuild and help others. The Publisher.
(Paperback -- June 22, )
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