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Huge, towering clouds build up in the sky--it'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 present--and help meteorologists warn nearby towns. Whenever severe weather threatens, storm chasers hit the road to hunt for tornadoes, hurricanes, or vi Huge, towering clouds build up in the sky--it'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 present--and 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! -- "Journal"


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Huge, towering clouds build up in the sky--it'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 present--and help meteorologists warn nearby towns. Whenever severe weather threatens, storm chasers hit the road to hunt for tornadoes, hurricanes, or vi Huge, towering clouds build up in the sky--it'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 present--and 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! -- "Journal"

30 review for Chasing the Storm: Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sherri

    Middle grade readers looking for their first book about storms and storm chasers will enjoy this one. It features chapters on a day in the life of a storm chaser, tornadoes, weather causes (such as the greenhouse effect), weather careers, and official weather watchers. At less than 50 pages of regular content, this is great for readers with no previous learning, but others might be disappointed for the lack of depth. Big bonuses are the hands-on activities for students, such as the experiments w Middle grade readers looking for their first book about storms and storm chasers will enjoy this one. It features chapters on a day in the life of a storm chaser, tornadoes, weather causes (such as the greenhouse effect), weather careers, and official weather watchers. At less than 50 pages of regular content, this is great for readers with no previous learning, but others might be disappointed for the lack of depth. Big bonuses are the hands-on activities for students, such as the experiments with water vapor and the greenhouse effect. Plus, the end of the book offers step-by-step illustrated guides for creating one’s own weather station, wind vane, barometer, and hygrometer (which measures humidity). The book offers colorful pictures and graphics that illustrate key concepts. Also, students can go online for additional resources. However, one error slipped through the editing process: on page 31 it states how almost 80 countries have signed an international treaty which prohibits military use of “environmental modification techniques” but the name of the treaty is missing with only a comma in its place. for grades 3-8

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    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. Ev 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Chasing the Storm looks at the human fascination with weather, specifically storm chasers and why they do what they do. I especially enjoyed the quotes from actual storm chasers. The book also goes on to discuss the following aspects of being a storm chaser: A Day in the Life of a Storm Chaser What Makes a Tornado? What's going on with the weather? Meteorology on the Job Official Weather Watchers Being a Storm Chaser I appreciate how precise yet readable the book is. Since I have many students who are Chasing the Storm looks at the human fascination with weather, specifically storm chasers and why they do what they do. I especially enjoyed the quotes from actual storm chasers. The book also goes on to discuss the following aspects of being a storm chaser: A Day in the Life of a Storm Chaser What Makes a Tornado? What's going on with the weather? Meteorology on the Job Official Weather Watchers Being a Storm Chaser I appreciate how precise yet readable the book is. Since I have many students who are fascinated by the weather this would be a good book for them. The design of the book is crisp and appealing. While I did find one editorial error, it doesn't effect the overall value of the book. The diagrams were especially helpful in understanding the conditions that lead to tornadoes and what storm chasers look for and try to measure while in the field.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    Interesting book on weather and storm chasing. It gives good information on how to be a storm chaser, what storm chasers do and what education you need. It also does a great job explaining the difference between climate and weather and what each are. There are a couple experiments listed in the text of the book and the back matter contains instructions for completing your own weather station including a rain gauge, wind gauge, wind vane, barometer and hygrometer. Lots of pictures and good first Interesting book on weather and storm chasing. It gives good information on how to be a storm chaser, what storm chasers do and what education you need. It also does a great job explaining the difference between climate and weather and what each are. There are a couple experiments listed in the text of the book and the back matter contains instructions for completing your own weather station including a rain gauge, wind gauge, wind vane, barometer and hygrometer. Lots of pictures and good first hand accounts from storm chasers. However, there is an illustration that doesn't match the text and a word is missing from the middle of a sentence. Bad editing!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Elspeth

    Great information. I recommend for any age of reader interested in storms and chasing. The copy I read accidentally left out the title of the international treaty, Environmental Modification Convention on page 31, line 18.

  6. 5 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

    E

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia Shutts

    3.5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Great information about tornadoes and how weather watchers gather information about those storms.

  9. 4 out of 5

    pianogal

    This one was good, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. If you're in fourth or fifth grade and like weather, read this one. There were also some excellent science fair ideas at the end... This one was good, but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be. If you're in fourth or fifth grade and like weather, read this one. There were also some excellent science fair ideas at the end...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tracie

    I actually haven't read this. I am interested in the weather tools that can be made in the back - program idea. I actually haven't read this. I am interested in the weather tools that can be made in the back - program idea.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Hammelef

    This book is filled with exciting facts and science. Found an error on page 31 in which the name of the treaty was left out of the text.

  12. 4 out of 5

    brian

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tyler

  14. 5 out of 5

    AhmedGhawas

  15. 4 out of 5

    MissJulia

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michele

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  18. 4 out of 5

    Konner

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

  20. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

  21. 5 out of 5

    MacKenzie Manning

  22. 4 out of 5

    Karen Ball

  23. 4 out of 5

    Vreme Ploioasă

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

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    Kirk

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    Christina Everett

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rahul Sivakumar

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jill

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katie

  30. 5 out of 5

    Nik

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