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Weathering the Storm: Tornadoes, Television, and Turmoil

Weathering the Storm: Tornadoes, Television, and Turmoil

by Gary A. England
"I read the book. It's terrific. Weathering the Storm is consistently entertaining, always informative, and a truly memorable read."—Dan Rather, CBS News

"Weathering the Storm is a pleasure to read."—The Sunday Oklahoman

"This book will enchant the most casual reader. It's almost like watching a movie, only better. this book is


"I read the book. It's terrific. Weathering the Storm is consistently entertaining, always informative, and a truly memorable read."—Dan Rather, CBS News

"Weathering the Storm is a pleasure to read."—The Sunday Oklahoman

"This book will enchant the most casual reader. It's almost like watching a movie, only better. this book is guaranteed to excite thrill-seekers from coast to coast."—Rapport

"England hands the stormee a blueprint for reading the theatrical media warnings that precede the storm, always stressing safety over sensation. He's been there: he's done that: he knows what he is talking about."—Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine

"Congratulations on authoring such a great book as Weathering the Storm. Knowing of your pioneering work in television weather, being enraptured by your marvelous book, and then thrilled by seeing you at work in the film "Twister" is overwhelming."—Harry Volkman, Television Meteorologist, Chicago, IL

"While some TV weathercasters were boning up on David Letterman and Jay Leno, Gary A. England was using his Doppler 9000 radar system to interpret the vortex pattern of storms. England marshals his meteorological skills to espy the anger in the clouds early enough to warn listeners when to flee baseball-sized hail, tornadic thunderstorms and those terrible twisters."—Los Angeles Times Book Review

"England writes with a self-deprecating sense of humor that leaves the reader chuckling.... The accounts of his first on-air television experience are painfully real, especially for anyone who is nervous about public speaking."—Earth

"This book,for both young and old, is as fascinating and spellbinding as any mystery book I've ever read."—Southbridge Evening News, Southbridge, MA

"England, in humorous and honest prose, describes his experiences, including fears, in front of the camera, issuing severe storm warnings, dealing with the politics at television/radio stations and with the National Weather Service."—Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"The opening image of Weathering the Stormis a wagon pulled by two old mules. The concluding image is of the rescue efforts immediately following the horrific bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City."—Pryor Times, Pryor, OK

"England explores the excitement and difficulty of the weather forecasting in Tornado Alley.—Kansas History Book Notes

"Cloudy coverage. The television frenzy has become the subject of countless conversations, letters, phone calls and newspaper stories."—Columbia Journalism Review, New York, NY

If you have any interest at all in strange and violent weather, I recommend this book."—Stillwater News Press, Stillwater, OK

"Weather forecaster England writes from the heart of tornado country.... Blow by blow descriptions of some of the major storms observed by England compliment discussions of weather science which are most accessible to lay readers.... intriguing."—Bookwatch, Petaluma, CA

The book is not just an autobiography of an Emmy-winning TV weatherman and a bit-player in Spielberg's movie, Twister. It is a great view into the inner workings of the development of modern meteorology.... The book is well written and, despite the seriousness of the overall subject, contains an abundance of real laughs."—The Paris News, Paris, TX

"An absorbing first-person account by Oklahoma's most trusted television weatherman."—Mistletoe Leaves

"Gary A. England shows you a world you have never seen before."—West Orange Times, Winter Garden, FL

The major achievement of Weathering the Storm is England's descriptions of the drama in the newsroom during outbreaks of severe weather. Literally, life and death decisions are made in split seconds by teams of individuals under the command of the chief meteorologist."—James F. Kimpel, Professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Gary A. England chases tornadoes, and what you will learn about them will send you running to the nearest cellar."—Arvada Community News, Arvada, CO

"Many Oklahomans credit England's weather watches with their safety, and even their lives during deadly tornadoes and storms."—Sunday Oklahoman

"A ride worth reading - Weathering the Storm."—Prague Times-Herald, Prague, OK

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There might be an interesting book on this subject, on the idea that weather forecasts, once disdained by news programs, have now been given huge chunks of news shows with elaborate maps, charts, graphics and machines. This isn't that book. England, who won an Emmy in 1994 as a weather anchor, recounts an Oklahoma boyhood defined in some part by tornadoes, his stint in the Navy and his tenure at KWTV in Oklahoma City starting in 1972. Most of the rest of the story is one of technological innovation and change of attitudes that brought meteorology to the forefront of television coverage. Readers who think the whole weather thing has gone too far will find themselves agreeing not with England but rather with the "newsies" who "were appalled that I was bringing humor, fun, and happiness to the television news." (Part of this fun involved a schtick about an imaginary 805-pound thunder lizard-one imagines a Technicolor meteorological Barney and cringes.) All of this is told through reconstructed dialogues ("Priority one, tornado warning, take pointer over Doppler radar. I am ready!") and panicky gee-whiz prose ("The mesocyclone winds were now over 80 MPH. It was going to happen, and there was nothing I could do about it!") that don't help matters. (May)

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University of Oklahoma Press
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