Huge, towering clouds build up in the skyit's a super cell. The Doppler radar indicates that the system is rotating. But is there a funnel? Is it touching the ground? Only a storm chaser can confirm when a tornado is presentand help meteorologists warn nearby towns.
Whenever severe weather threatens, storm chasers hit the road to hunt for tornadoes, hurricanes, or violent storms. Some drive thousands of miles in just a few days as they follow a storm system from Iowa to Texas. Others serve their cities and towns by taking photos from their backyards and phoning in storm details to local weather stations. Specially trained Hurricane Hunters hop into aircraft packed with scientific instruments to fly deep into powerful hurricanes, hoping to reach the eye of the storm.
Are storm chasers a bunch of foolish daredevils? Not at all. Many are scientists while others are professional photographers and videographers. Storm chasers arm themselves with training about severe weather, use sophisticated instruments, and follow safety guidelines.
In Chasing the Storm, you'll meet real storm chasers and meteorologists, hear their stories, and discover how they do their work. You'll learn tornado basics, get a great window into the science of meteorology, and learn how to pursue a career in the field. You might even decide to become a storm chaser yourself!
About the Author
Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. Many of his illustrations appear in magazines like Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps. (One of his stamps is attached to a spacecraft headed for the planet Pluto!) He has also written short stories and novels and has even created a comic book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Have you wondered what it would be like to be in the middle of a violent storm? If the thought of this produces an adrenalin rush, then the job of storm chaser might be right up your alley (as in, Tornado Alley). This 64-page book describes what a storm chaser does and sees, and the dangers that the job can bring. The effects of global warming on the environment and in extension, on weather patterns, will have preteens wondering how then can help reduce their own negative impact on the earth. Ever heard of a gustnado? The differences between those whirlwinds, waterspouts, landspouts, and dust devils is explained (although not one of these terms is listed in the glossary, which is where young readers would expect to find them; only waterspouts and landspouts are listed in the index. The book is quite current, with information from the 2013 tornado season. Included are instructions for making a weather station and a list of supplies needed for a severe weather emergency kit. A fine resource for young scientists ages 10-13.