Hunting Nature's Fury: A Storm Chaser's Obsession with Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters

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Each year, at least 1,200 tornadoes batter the United States. While most occur in Tornado Alley—a vast, weather-beaten swath of middle America-in truth, tornadoes can occur almost anywhere. And where there are tornadoes, there are storm chasers. They come in all shapes and sizes, from hobbyists to researchers to professional chasers. There is one, however, who stands well above the rest: Roger Hill.

Hunting Nature's Fury tells the story of Roger Hill and his love affair with ...

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Overview

Each year, at least 1,200 tornadoes batter the United States. While most occur in Tornado Alley—a vast, weather-beaten swath of middle America-in truth, tornadoes can occur almost anywhere. And where there are tornadoes, there are storm chasers. They come in all shapes and sizes, from hobbyists to researchers to professional chasers. There is one, however, who stands well above the rest: Roger Hill.

Hunting Nature's Fury tells the story of Roger Hill and his love affair with storm chasing, taking you on a suspenseful and dramatic ride across the Great Plains, into the Deep South, even into the eyes of such recent hurricanes as Katrina. You’ll accompany Hill as he braves close calls, makes history, and gains insight into the science of severe weather. This is a story of a storm chaser obsessed with the storms that almost killed him; of resiliency in the face of disaster; and of humility in the presence of the awesome power of nature.

Includes eight color pages of jaw-dropping photos taken by Hill showing many of the storms chronicled in the book.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899975115
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2009
  • Pages: 205
  • Sales rank: 463,047
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

As a professional storm chaser, Hill has witnessed some 400 tornadoes and hurricanes in his lifetime and has captured them on film for every major TV network, plus National Geographic, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel. He is co-owner of Silver Lining Tours, America’s leading storm-chasing tour company.

Peter Bronski is the author of At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks and the Wilderness Press guide Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Prologue ix

Chapter 1 A Boyhood Fascination 1

Chapter 2 The Science of Tornado Genesis 18

Chapter 3 A Storm Chaser Is Born 32

Chapter 4 Work and Play Collide 40

chapter 5 Tornado Therapy 51

Chapter 6 Too Close for Comfort 66

Chapter 7 Lost and Found 77

chapter 8 We're Gonna Die! 91

Chapter 9 Probe Launch 108

Chapter 10 The Streak 122

Chapter 11 Katrina 136

Chapter 12 Close to Home 148

Chapter 13 A Long, Rewarding Journey 153

Chapter 14 March Madness 161

Chapter 15 Supertyphoon 172

Epilogue 181

Glossary of Weather Terms 184

Bibliography 196

About the Authors 206

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