Storm Kings; The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

Storm Kings; The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers Lee Sandlin M. Kristen Bearse Tim O'Connell Kelly Blair
  • Title: Storm Kings; The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers
  • Author: Lee Sandlin M. Kristen Bearse Tim O'Connell Kelly Blair
  • ISBN: 1624909159
  • Page: 313
  • Format: Paperback
  • Storm Kings; The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers Lee Sandlin M. Kristen Bearse Tim O'Connell Kelly Blair Storm Kings The Untold History of America s First Tornado Chasers With pages of black and white illustrationsFrom the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky pioneering weather obsessed scientist
    With 16 pages of black and white illustrationsFrom the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology.While tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfeWith 16 pages of black and white illustrationsFrom the acclaimed author of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting tale of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the science of modern meteorology.While tornadoes have occasionally been spotted elsewhere, only the central plains of North America have the perfect conditions for their creation For the early settlers the sight of a funnel cloud was an unearthly event They called it the Storm King, and their descriptions bordered on the supernatural it glowed green or red, it whistled or moaned or sang In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin explores America s fascination with and unique relationship to tornadoes From Ben Franklin s early experiments to the great storm war of the nineteenth century to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin re creates with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America s history, including the Tri state Tornado of 1925 and the Peshtigo fire tornado, whose deadly path of destruction was left encased in glass.Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists who changed a nation including James Espy, America s first meteorologist, and Colonel John Park Finley, who helped place a network of weather spotters across the country Along the way, Sandlin details the little known but fascinating history of the National Weather Service, paints a vivid picture of the early Midwest, and shows how successive generations came to understand, and finally coexist with, the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant.
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    About Lee Sandlin M. Kristen Bearse Tim O'Connell Kelly Blair


    1. Lee Sandlin is an award winning journalist and essayist who was born in Wildwood, Illinois, and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago He briefly attended the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University before leaving school to travel and write He has written feature journalism, historical studies, and music reviews on opera and classical works mostly for the Chicago Reader, where he was also for many years the TV critic More recently, he has become a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal.His essay Losing the War, first appeared in 1997, subtitled World War II has faded into movies, anecdotes, and archives that nobody cares about any Are we finally losing the war It has been on university reading lists and praised in blogs of both anti war activists and neocon crusaders A segment was adapted for broadcast by the public radio show This American Life and anthologized by its host, Ira Glass in a 2007 collection, The New Kings of Nonfiction.Saving His Life, is his biography of his father in law, a Russian emigre who grew up in China The Distancers 2004 chronicles the American Midwest of several generations, as reflected in the history of a single house He has also written Wicked River, a narrative history of the Mississippi River in the 19th century and Storm Kings, a history of tornado chasing and a revised, expanded version of The Distancers Lee passed away unexpectedly on December 14, 2014.


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