Chasing the Storm
Tornadoes, Meteorology, and Weather Watching
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!
|Interest Level||Grade 6 - Grade 12|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|Genre||Science, Young Adult|
|Category||STEM, STEM: Earth Science|
|Publisher||Lerner Publishing Group|
|Imprint||Twenty-First Century Books ™|
|Number of Pages||64|
|Reading Counts! Level||10.5|
Author: Ron Miller
Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. Many of his illustrations appear in magazines like Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps. (One of his stamps is attached to a spacecraft headed for the planet Pluto!) He has also written short stories and novels and has even created a comic book.
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Chasing the Storm
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. View available downloads →
“This book is valuable for libraries looking for engaging nonfiction to address Common Core; it would be a good addition for the science classroom for science projects…. [A] good introduction with a high interest approach.” —Library Media Connection
“A fascinating composite of text, photos, charts, and maps … Descriptions model energetic composition featuring precise active verbs and straightforward observation, both useful to students learning to write nonfiction.” —starred, VOYA
“Accessible text, engaging diagrams, and dynamic photographs make this a surefire hit for budding scientists and their teachers.” —Booklist
“[A] slim, attractively designed package in which the text is broken up by sidebars providing definitions, explanations and short bios as well as photographs and colorful diagrams…. A serious look at a dangerous pursuit.” —Kirkus Reviews