Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains

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Tornadoes are the most violent, magnificent, and utterly unpredictable storms on earth, reaching estimated wind speeds of 300 mph and leaving swaths of destruction in their wake. In Tornado Alley, Howard Bluestein draws on two decades of experience chasing and photographing tornadoes across the Plains to present a fascinating historical account of the study of tornadoes and the great thunderstorms that spawn them.
A century ago, tornado warnings were so unreliable that they ...
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Tornadoes are the most violent, magnificent, and utterly unpredictable storms on earth, reaching estimated wind speeds of 300 mph and leaving swaths of destruction in their wake. In Tornado Alley, Howard Bluestein draws on two decades of experience chasing and photographing tornadoes across the Plains to present a fascinating historical account of the study of tornadoes and the great thunderstorms that spawn them.
A century ago, tornado warnings were so unreliable that they usually went unreported. Today, despite cutting-edge Doppler radar technology and computer simulation, these storms remain remarkably difficult to study. Leading scientists still conduct much of their research from the inside of a speeding truck, and often contend with jammed cameras, flash floods, and windshields smashed by hailstones and flying debris. Using over a hundred diagrams, models, and his own spectacular color photographs, Bluestein documents the exhilaration of hair-raising encounters with as many as nine tornadoes in one day, as well as the crushing disappointment of failed expeditions and ruined equipment. Most of all, he recreates the sense of beauty, mystery, and power felt by the scientists who risk their lives to study violent storms.
For scientists, amateur weather enthusiasts, or anyone who's ever been intrigued or terrified by a darkening sky, Tornado Alley provides not only a history of tornado research but a vivid look into the origin and effects of nature's most dramatic phenomena.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615573691
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2006
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard Bluestein is a Professor and a George Lynn Cross Research Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and is frequently a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and his cloud photographs have appeared worldwide in magazines, books, calendars, and museums.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    This is the BEST science book for tornadoes.

    I started collecting books about tornadoes 20 years ago. I have always been fasinated by them. His book is a gold mine for anybody interested in them. He went through the tornadogenesis in a way that wasn't so academic that I could't follow (I never had anything higher than high school physics). I think he accomphished his task very well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2001

    The best book on tornadoes period!

    This is without a doubt the best book about tornadoes ever. The pictures are amazing, Mr.Bluestein gets you up close and personal with the deadliest weather phenomena on the planet. This one is not for the kiddies; they'd be better off reading 'Night Of The Twisters'. Mr.Bluestein does a wonderful job in explaining the physics of these storms; he makes it easy for the scientifically challenged (like myself) to understand the complexitites of tornadic supercells. This book is definetly the best in the genre; it is a true F6!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2000

    Tornados in action

    Tornados are one of the most violent,magnificent,and utterly unpredictable storms on earth reaching estimated speeds of 300mph and leaving swaths of destruction in their wake.

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