July 6, 2014 at 7:47 am #1349
Unabridged version.@Publisher’s Summary wrote:
Reed Timmer 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. It’s a job some people would kill for. But most prefer to let Timmer take the risks while they watch from the safety of their homes.
Reed Timmer is a star of Storm Chasers, one of the Discovery Channel’s top-rated shows. Into the Storm is Timmer’s dramatic account of his extraordinary profession. Each chapter features the story of one of the 300-plus extreme tornadoes, hurricanes, or blizzards that Timmer has intercepted 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, including a recent trip in which Timmer realized he was the only storm chaser in South America and was able to intercept super cells in the most prolific hail-producing region in the world.
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 someday save lives. With a firsthand perspective on the storm-chasing community, Timmer also takes listeners inside this world, examining his controversial obsession and the ethical debates it sparks.
Featuring the same you-are-there immediacy that attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Timmer’s Web site every month, Into the Storm is one wild – and informative – ride.
©2010 Reed Timmer (P)2010 Tantor
I will admit it. I watched Storm Chasers. That’s what attracted me to purchasing this book.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzJuly 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm #6865
Finished this book yesterday. This book covers Reed Timmer’s portion of the life between entering OSU as a freshman and going on his first storm chase and when became part of Storm Chasers. What is noted is his obsession with chasing storms, and some of the consequences of his obsession, including a broken relationship. We also get bits and pieces of his childhood. Not only do we get several tornado stories, but also Hurricane Floyd and Katrina. Interesting listen, although why did they include the glossary as part of the audiobook instead of a separate PDF.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene KranzFebruary 23, 2016 at 7:56 pm #6866
Earl’s previous regenerationSpectator
I’ve started on reading “Warnings” by Mike Smith, which traces the history of weather warnings from the days of U.S. Weather Bureau (remember them?) forecasters being forbidden from using the words “tornado” or “warning” in their forecasts for fear of starting a panic (!!) to today, when forecasters are trying to figure out how to get the public to pay attention to their ever-present watches and warnings. Interesting reading. And kind of unfathomable in the early chapters dealing with a world (or at least an America) without a weather warning system.February 24, 2016 at 12:30 pm #6867
Interesting, Mike Smith also has “When the Sirens Were Silent”. According to Amazon, the book is the gripping story of the Joplin tornado and how flaws in the storm warning system contributed to the catastrophic death toll. It recounts that horrible day with a goal of insuring this does not happen again. The book gives you the tools you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Included are numerous color photos.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene Kranz
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