Like the deadly tornadoes it documents, this potent combination of high adventure and hard science is terrifyingly timely in our era of global warming and climate change. The Weather Channel, now America's most watched programming, has in recent years shown us a relentless series of hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes, and eruptions killing thousands, turning millions into refugees, and leaving whole cities in shocked, shattered ruins. Of nature's weapons, tornadoes are among the most unforgiving, and here's an unforgettable portrait of these storms and one extraordinary man who challenged themaand produced the first-ever photographs snatched from a rampaging twister's black heart. Tornado chaser Tim Samaras, working with master storyteller Stefan Bechtel, author of Roar of the Heavens, has created a page-turner with narrative force and scientific substance. In the first of five you-are-there accounts, Tornado Hunter opens with a moment-by-moment description of the 2003 catastrophe that engulfed Manchester, South Dakota. The authors evoke the doomed town and its people; the dark menacing funnel; and Samaras's fearless advance into the whirlwindas core to deploy the ingenious equipment he devised. They interweave the tornado chaser's passion, the fascinating science of the storms themselves, and six decades of progress in predicting and recording their onslaughtaan art beholden to Samaras's own groundbreaking inventions. Tim Samaras's 2004 article in National Geographic became one of the most widely read in the magazineas history. This powerful book is destined to blast its way onto bestseller lists everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.He got a job working part-time in a two-way radio repair shop after school, fixing CB radios, ham radios, and business band ... aquot;Between school and my job, when bad weather was brewing, Ia#39;d stop in a parking lot to watch the big prairie storms come rolling in ... Up there, you could look down on the whole Denver area a and you could look up at the magnificent summer thundetstorms rolling by overhead.
|Author||:||Stefan Bechtel, Tim Samaras|
|Publisher||:||National Geographic Books - 2009-05-19|