- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (April 1 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806135387
- ISBN-13: 978-0806135380
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 431 g
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #998,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Tornado: Nature’s Ultimate Windstorm Paperback – Apr 15 2001
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About the Author
Thomas P. Grazulis is Director of the Tornado Project and Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
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Grazulis leads us down the path of tornado history making stops along the way to point out interesting facts. The reader is given stories of survival as well as tragedy. We even get a story about the one of the 18th century's most famous scientists chasing on horseback after what may or may not have been a tornado. I can just see Ben Franklin charging down the road in hot pursuit. Grazulis also spends some time trashing some tornado myths and giving some safety tips. There is also a very interesting chapter on tornadoes in other countries. I have even begun to understand what straight line winds and downbursts are because of this book.
Best of all the reader will be treated to an inside look at the progress science has made in understanding and predicting tornadoes. The new equipment, the new ideas, and the ever present danger of trying to get too close to a tornado to study it. Science has come a long way since early April, 1974 when forecasters all over the eastern U.S. watched the "Super Outbreak" on surplus World War II radar.
No matter if you are a weather junkie or are just in awe of the power of nature I feel sure you will find this to be an interesting read.
.... While Grazulis does on occasion refer to himself, it is not excessive and provides his own view of events and personalities in the field.
My only disagreement with Grazulis is his soft-pedaling of the state of government funding into severe storm research and warning systems. While he comments mildly that the government just can't fund everything (which of course is true), I would observe that there always seems to be money for congressional porkbarrel, like the mysterious ordering every year of C-130 aircraft that the Air Force didn't want but which were built in a certain well-known former House Speaker's district at the same time that Weather Service offices were being closed and research money drying up. As one who lives in a NEXRAD "hole" (a city that is well below the horizon of the nearest WSR-88D radars and hence in danger of being struck unexpectedly by tornadoes), I tend to object more than mildly to this kind of thing, and Grazulis should as well.
If you find this book interesting, check at your local library for a copy of Grazulis' "Significant Tornadoes." It is huge and fascinating.
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