Tornadoes: The Science Behind Terrible Twisters

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About 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States every year. One of the most powerful of these struck Greensburg, Kansas, in May 2007. With wind speeds of up to 205 miles per hour, the tornado destroyed 95 percent of the town in twenty minutes. Ten people were killed. Severe weather scientists study these types of deadly storms to discover how more lives can be saved. Tornadoes: The Science Behind Terrible Twisters explains how tornadoes develop, describes the technology and storm chasers that help predict ...

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Overview

About 1,000 tornadoes touch down in the United States every year. One of the most powerful of these struck Greensburg, Kansas, in May 2007. With wind speeds of up to 205 miles per hour, the tornado destroyed 95 percent of the town in twenty minutes. Ten people were killed. Severe weather scientists study these types of deadly storms to discover how more lives can be saved. Tornadoes: The Science Behind Terrible Twisters explains how tornadoes develop, describes the technology and storm chasers that help predict and track the storms, and provides safety tips for surviving a terrible twister.

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Children's Literature - Maggie Chase
A straightforward introduction to the science of tornadoes, this book avoids sensationalism by providing basic facts about this particular kind of storm system. More in-depth information, such as types of tornadoes (only a waterspout is discussed in a sidebar box) and tornado shapes (funnel, rope, wide, or wedge) are not discussed, but features such as a chart of the Enhanced Fujita Scale prove useful for determining how a tornado is classified. Also included are chapters about how to stay safe if caught near this type of storm system, as well as careers and volunteer opportunities for those who find themselves sucked up into the vortex of tornado excitement. The May 2007 tornado that hit Greensburg, Kansas, is referenced the most in this easy to read text. Photos and graphics are clear and labeled appropriately. Part of "The Science Behind Natural Disasters" series. Reviewer: Maggie Chase
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7–Five or six short chapters in these matter-of-fact books outline the essential facts of each phenomenon in clear language. The titles open with an account of a famous event–for example, Earthquakes re-creates the scene inside San Francisco’s Candlestick Park and farther afield when the Loma Prieta quake struck during the 1989 World Series. The texts go on to cover the science, to describe in general terms what happens during an event, and to offer safety advice. These latter sections discuss both personal safety and what scientists are doing to predict these phenomena. Scientific explanations are accompanied by plentiful color diagrams that will help students to grasp causes and effects. Sidebars on most spreads feature “It’s a Fact” statistics and other data, and question-and-answer boxes covering such puzzles as why Tornado Alley is so afflicted. There is some overlap in topics among the books–tsunamis are relevant in Earthquakes and Volcanoes, for example, but the coverage of them is not the same. Photos of disasters are necessarily dated and therefore grainy at times, but they are effective, and are sometimes turned into helpful, lively diagrams by the addition of such features as wind-direction arrows.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780766029767
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Series: The Science Behind Natural Disasters Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Greensburg in Ruins 4

2 What's the Weather? 10

3 Understanding Tornadoes 17

4 When a Tornado Hits 24

5 Tracking Tornadoes 30

6 Staying Safe 36

Chapter Notes 42

Glossary 44

Further Reading 46

Internet Addresses 47

Index 48

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