Sunday, October 5, 2014

NONFICTION MONDAY: Chasing the Storm by Ron Miller



ABOUT THE BOOK

Huge, towering clouds build up in the sky--it's a supercell. 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.

REVIEW

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.

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1 comment:

  1. I would have enjoyed this as a youth. I'm curious, is it written in story form, or is it more of a factual list sort of book with some quotes throughout?

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