Into the Storm

Into the Storm

Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-defying Adventures in Extreme Weather

Book - 2010
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Reed Timmer, a star of the Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers, is one of the world's most successful and most extreme storm chasers. His is a job that requires science and bravado, knowledge and instinct just to survive, never mind excel. Here, he takes readers inside the awe-inspiring world of big weather. Featuring stories of the over 300 tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards that Timmer has watched ringside over the last decade, from Hurricane Katrina to little-studied storm systems in places like Canada and Argentina. As a Ph.D. candidate in meteorology, Timmer is after more than just an adrenaline rush--his stories feature insights into the science of storms, and how the data he is collecting could possibly save lives. He also takes readers inside the storm-chasing community, examining his controversial obsession and the ethical debates it sparks.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Dutton, c2010
Branch Call Number: 551.55 T
Characteristics: 282 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tilin, Andrew
ISBN: 9780525951933
0525951938

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Apr 16, 2011

Storm chasing, pursuing violent weather, tornadoes, or perhaps, hurricanes even, is, to be sure, an avocation that generates an appreciation for the raw power of nature; for the vulnerability of man when caught in the path of such destruction; and a lot of adrenalin. Sort of like bungee jumping; free-fall skydiving or rappelling down the side of the Empire State Building only with lots of wind and noise. It’s something some people live to do and others are quite content to simply read about.
This book is about storm chasing, and about storm chasing’s “bad boy”, Reed Timmer. You may have caught him and his customized, armoured tornado chase vehicle, “the Dominator” in the current Imax feature “Tornado Alley”.
The book is about Timmer and how an oboe-playing geek studied meteorology and went and followed the weather. This book is anything but dry. It is packed with energy and excitement --- just like the tornadoes he chases. There are plenty of dry lines, wall clouds, flying buildings and all the other bits and pieces of chaser lore.
And what about the book? A super read. I found it hard to put this book down. In fact I didn’t. I couldn’t. It was a non-stop read.For that reason, this book is highly recommended.

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