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Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth

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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 them—and 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 whirlwinds 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 onslaught—an 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 magazines history. This powerful book is destined to blast its way onto bestseller lists everywhere.

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Of nature's weapons, tornadoes are among the most unforgiving. Here is an unforgettable portrait of these storms and one extraordinary man who challenged them.

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About the Author

Tim Samaras, an electrical engineer and storm chaser for almost 20 years, is a highly touted National Geographic Grantee and the star of National Geographic Channels Disaster Lab (2009) and Master of Disaster (2008). He holds the Guinness World Record for measuring the lowest pressure drop of a tornado.

Stefan Bechtel is a member of Samarass tornado-hunting team. He is founding editor of Mens Health, and the author of seven books on conservation, health, and investment, which have sold more than two million copies and been translated into eight languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781426203022
Author:
Samaras, Tim
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Foreword by:
Forbes, Greg
Foreword:
Forbes, Greg
Author:
Bechtel, Stefan
Author:
Forbes, Greg
Subject:
Natural Disasters
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Tornadoes
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL-COLOR PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.28x6.36x1.09 in. 1.23 lbs.

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