Into the Storm

Into the Storm

Violent Tornadoes, Killer Hurricanes, and Death-defying Adventures in Extreme Weather

Book - 2010
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Reed Timmer, a star of the top rated Storm Chasers on the Discovery Channel is one of the most successful and most extreme storm chasers in the world. His is a job that requires science and bravado, knowledge and instinct just to survive, never mind excel. Now, in Into the Storm , he takes readers inside the terrifying and awe-inspiring world of big weather.

Published to coincide with the fourth season's premiere, Into the Storm is Timmer's dramatic account of his extraordinary profession. Featuring stories of the three-hundred-plus extreme tornados, hurricanes, or blizzards that Timmer has watched ring-side over the last decade-storms that include the killer F5 tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma, in May 1999; the unprecedented, devastating storm surge of Hurricane Katrina; and the little-studied but enormously powerful storm systems in places like Canada and Argentina. As a Ph.D. candidate in meteorology, Timmer is after more than just an adrenaline rush-his stories feature fascinating insights into the science of storms, and how the data he is collecting will could possibly save lives. With a firsthand perspective on the storm-chasing community, Timmer also takes readers inside this world, examining his controversial obsession and the ethical debates it sparks.
Featuring the same you-are-there immediacy that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to Timmer's web site tornadovideos.net, every month, Into the Storm is one wild-and informative-ride.

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Publisher: New York : Dutton, c2010
ISBN: 9780525951933
0525951938
Characteristics: 282 p. : col. ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tilin, Andrew.

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Apr 16, 2011

Storm chasing, pursuing violent weather, tornadoes, or perhaps, hurricanes even, is, to be sure, an avocation that generates an appreciation for the raw power of nature; for the vulnerability of man when caught in the path of such destruction; and a lot of adrenalin. Sort of like bungee jumping; free-fall skydiving or rappelling down the side of the Empire State Building only with lots of wind and noise. It’s something some people live to do and others are quite content to simply read about.
This book is about storm chasing, and about storm chasing’s “bad boy”, Reed Timmer. You may have caught him and his customized, armoured tornado chase vehicle, “the Dominator” in the current Imax feature “Tornado Alley”.
The book is about Timmer and how an oboe-playing geek studied meteorology and went and followed the weather. This book is anything but dry. It is packed with energy and excitement --- just like the tornadoes he chases. There are plenty of dry lines, wall clouds, flying buildings and all the other bits and pieces of chaser lore.
And what about the book? A super read. I found it hard to put this book down. In fact I didn’t. I couldn’t. It was a non-stop read.For that reason, this book is highly recommended.

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