Hurricane Hunters!: Riders on the Storm

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It's a sunny, beautiful day on America's southeastern coast. But out in the Atlantic Ocean, chaos is brewing. Waves are crashing. Winds are blowing. And the National Hurricane Center is calling the Hurricane Hunters!

A special weather reconnaissance squadron of the Air Force, these brave men and women fly their WC-130 Hercules aircraft into the heart of a two-hundred-mile-wide hurricane and collect information: in which direction the hurricane is heading, how fast it's moving, ...

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Overview

It's a sunny, beautiful day on America's southeastern coast. But out in the Atlantic Ocean, chaos is brewing. Waves are crashing. Winds are blowing. And the National Hurricane Center is calling the Hurricane Hunters!

A special weather reconnaissance squadron of the Air Force, these brave men and women fly their WC-130 Hercules aircraft into the heart of a two-hundred-mile-wide hurricane and collect information: in which direction the hurricane is heading, how fast it's moving, and how big it's growing. Before the end of their twelve-hour flight, the Hurricane Hunters will have gathered enough information to save many lives.

Acclaimed author and artist Chris L. Demarest takes you inside the storm with these real-life adventurers who risk their lives to keep our shorelines safe.

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Children's Literature
This book opens with a black-and-white line drawing of a WC-130 Hercules plane used by the military's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as the Hurricane Hunters. The story follows a storm as it grows into hurricane classification. The storm is watched by beach visitors, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, the shore fisherman, anxious property owners, emergency repair crews, and the Hurricane Hunters from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. The book shows how all these people track the progress and power of the storm and prepare for its arrival long before it hits the mainland. As the homeowners are boarding up windows, the Hurricane Hunters launch an information-gathering probe called a dropsonde into the hurricane to track the strength and direction of the storm. They even go into the eye of the storm and drop a probe. The data from these probes will help predict the pattern of the storm. The book's illustrations are very dramatic pastel drawings, which work very well to portray the action and excitement of these powerful storms and the storm hunters. The back matter contains an author's note on hurricanes and the front has a labeled diagram of a WC-130 Hercules, the airplane featured in this story. Chris L. Demarest has produced a series of six books with Margaret K. McElderry Books. All his books feature people with thrilling and dangerous careers with titles that include Alpha Bravo Charlie: A Military Alphabet; Mayday! Mayday! A Coast Guard Rescue; Hot Shots; Smoke Jumpers One to Ten; Hurricane Hunters! Riders on the Storm; and Firefighters A to Z. 2006, Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
—Sally J. K. Davies
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PreS-Gr 2-The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron (the "Hurricane Hunters") flies out of Biloxi, MS, into the hearts of violent storms, compiling essential weather data that ultimately saves human lives. Demarest presents their exploits in an oversized, brightly illustrated format, twin to his Hotshots! (S & S, 2003). A brief, dynamic text follows a typical flight into a burgeoning tempest, beginning with a view of a tranquil beach and ending with a completed mission. The contrast between sunlit and storm-ravaged seas is clear, as are the heavy preparations on shore and the destructive force of the squall as it crosses land. The simple language is reinforced by the vigorous pastels, which open a window into the WC-130 Hercules and the activities of the crew. An extended author's note provides extra data. Team this crisp, exciting book with Franklyn Branley's Hurricane Watch (HarperCollins, 1985) and/or Rick Thomas's Eye of the Storm (Picture Window, 2005) for more meteorology, or pair it with Keith Elliot Greenberg's more demanding Storm Chaser (Blackbirch, 1997) for a personal look at a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) pilot and his experiences.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Demarest continues his tributes to uniformed workers who routinely go in harm's way with this timely look at a mission flown by the Air Force's 53d Weather Reconnaissance Squadron. Here, a Mississippi-based crew takes its prop-driven WC-130 Hercules right through the upper reaches of a Force 5 hurricane that's just passing Cuba, ejecting instruments called "dropsondes" to track the storm's course and wind speeds so that the National Hurricane Center can send out the proper warnings. Readers will get good views of the cargo plane's crowded inside and battered outside (there's even a schematic drawing) in the author's big, windswept paintings-along with scenes of deceptively serene beaches and onshore preparations for the oncoming blow. Demarest caps his dramatic account with a long afterword about hurricanes and their damages-particularly Katrina's recent devastation. (Picture book/nonfiction. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689861680
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2006
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 4 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: AD1040L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 12.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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