Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America

Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America

by Mark Svenvold

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ISBN-13: 9780805080148
Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/02/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.48(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Mark Svenvold's first book of nonfiction, Elmer McCurdy: The Misadventures in Life and Afterlife of an American Outlaw, was a Book Sense 76 pick. Poet in residence at Fordham University, Svenvold has won The Nation's "Discovery" Award for poetry. He lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist Martha McPhee, and two children, Livia and Jasper.

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Big Weather

Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America
By Svenvold, Mark

Henry Holt and Co.

Copyright © 2005 Svenvold, Mark
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ISBN: 0805076468

From Big Weather:
They arrived in expensive SUVs equipped with portable satellite dishes, ham radio antennae, custom hydrometers, twirling anemometers, and roof-mounted amber flashing lights. They were weather weenies, savants of all things meteorological-liable to vanish suddenly, to wander out of doors for days, then return, their pickup trucks pocked by hailstones, their eyes like saucers. Some were tourists from England, or Europe, or Australia, or South Africa-a meteorologica migratorius, those who, like Saul on the Damascus road, had seen big weather and had been changed at the core. Some were reporters, sent at a moment's notice in foul weather gear, a meteorologica celebratorium, to feed a market rich in catastrophilia. Some were scientists, their laboratory the Oklahoma sky. On a big weather day, they descended en mass upon some small patch of the American republic-some Selina or Seling or Slapout, to gather by the hundreds, blocking traffic for a country mile, cattle lifting their heads in puzzlement, as the storms did the fearful things that storms do, and they, whoever they were, in a bald, unguarded moment on the prairie, found themselves hopping up and down and hollering at the sky.


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