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by Thomas P. Grazulis

  • ISBN: 0806135387
  • Category: Math & Science
  • Author: Thomas P. Grazulis
  • Subcategory: Earth Sciences
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press; 1st Red River Books Ed edition (April 1, 2003)
  • Pages: 348 pages
  • FB2 size: 1229 kb
  • EPUB size: 1150 kb
  • Rating: 4.1
  • Votes: 861
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Thomas P. Grazulis is Director of the Tornado Project and Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.

Thomas P. Well, it is. In his book, Mr. Grazulis not only gives accurate scientific information about the subject, but he cites his sources for almost everything and even gives recommendations for learning more about tornadoes in the back. At the same time, he does not politicize the subject like so many other meteorology books do. Whether you are a student of meteorology, a person living in tornado alley, or just someone interested in nature's ultimate windstorm, this is the definitive book on tornadoes. 2 people found this helpful.

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Thomas Grazulis grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts and first confronted the power of a tornado at age 11 following the violent 1953 Worcester tornado, an F4 which killed 94 people and passed approximately 1 mi (. km) north of his childhood home. Grazulis earned a bachelor's degree in meteorology from Florida State University (FSU) and was briefly a broadcaster, in part presenting the weather. Grazulis in 2001 penned a book for a general readership, an homage and unofficial update to Snowden D. Flora's classic Tornadoes of the United States (1953), entitled The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm.

Here he sets the record straight about tornado risk, the Fujita Scale, and the number of tornadoes occurring annually.

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In The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm, Thomas P. Grazulis re-creates the incredible drama that so.I strongly recommend this book for anyone interested in tornadoes and wishing to learn more about the subject. Grazulis re-creates the incredible drama that so often accompanies tornadoes, and he provides detailed.

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Tornadoes occur everywhere in the United States, and each region of the nation has its own tornado season. Tornadoes have crossed mountains. Some have lasted more than an hour, scouring the earth with 250 mile-per-hour winds, and some have carried automobiles a half-mile and leveled sturdy homes. In The Tornado: Nature’s Ultimate Windstorm, Thomas P. Grazulis re-creates the incredible drama that so often accompanies tornadoes, and he provides detailed meteorological and statistical information about these marvels—and terrors—of nature.   How often does a tornado hit a particular location? How fast are its winds? Do tornadoes really seek out trailer parks? How many tornadoes hit the United States every year? How big can tornadoes get? Grazulis addresses all these questions and more in this book about one of the most destructive forces, and fascinating scientific puzzles, on the planet.
Reviews about The Tornado: Nature’s Ultimate Windstorm (7):
artman
There are several tornado books on the market, and for a person interested in the subject, it can be hard to know where to start. In my opinion, if you were to get just one book on tornadoes, this would have to be it. It covers almost every facet of the subject of tornadoes. To show this, I will list the chapter names here.
I: Tornadoes Past and Present
II: In The Wake of a Tornado
III: Tornado Life Cycle
IV: Tornado Formation
V: Tornado Forecasting and Warnings
VI:Tornado Wind Speeds
VII: The Fujita Scale of Tornado Intensity
VIII: Tornado Myths
IX: Tornado Safety
X: Approaching the Unapproachable
XI: Tornado Numbers and Records
XII: Tornadoes by Decade
XIII: Tornadoes Outside the United States
XIV: Tornado Risks
XV: Final Thoughts
Sound comprehensive to you? Well, it is. In his book, Mr. Grazulis not only gives accurate scientific information about the subject, but he cites his sources for almost everything and even gives recommendations for learning more about tornadoes in the back. At the same time, he does not politicize the subject like so many other meteorology books do. Whether you are a student of meteorology, a person living in tornado alley, or just someone interested in nature's ultimate windstorm, this is the definitive book on tornadoes.
Xisyaco
Tornado science is tough, and still very much growing. So it must be difficult to compile an overall book on the topic, as opposed to just describing the aftermath. A search on Amazon will not reveal many books, and very few reviews for the ones you do find. If you are looking for a good technical discussion on how tornadoes form, their internal structure, and how they move - you likely need to focus more on an internet search or through industry/academic journals. Why? Simply because we don't know enough yet.

This book includes some gripping and interesting descriptions of tornado strikes and their effects, but, not to be callous, but they get repetitive after a while. I am saying this as someone looking for how tornadoes work though - so take that with a grain of salt. There are several sections of the text that deal with what we know about tornado mechanics, data from significant strikes, and questions on how to move the science forward. We just can't write about what we don't know. Why the 3 stars then? It was the overall delivery of the book. My opinion, I just found it choppy. Some sections tried to get technical, but without good setup or definitions or graphics and I felt lost. Other sections seems very simplistic. It was a bit of a slog at times, to get through it.

If you know nothing at all about tornadoes, I would recommend this at a Used Book price. There are some neat things in there. I do look forward to another book by the author on the matter in the future though!
Helldor
Very few intellegently written tornado books exist. This could be considered the definitive tornado bible for the layperson.
Alsardin
I wanted a book for by granddaughter who is 10 and who had expressed an interested in tornadoes. It was, perhaps, a little above her level, however it can be read in parts. I ended up reading the entire thing before I could let go of it to send it on. Puts the tornado,the incidence of seeing one, and the likelihood of experiencing damage all into perspective. Knocks down the myths of tornadoes, when, where and what they strike. A must for any library on meteorology. Sufficient statistics and hard science to satisfy even the already knowledgeable storm chaser.
Gavirus
This book was interesting from cover to cover. I enjoyed the narrative parts of the book. I am not sure I understood all the weather science but this was a clearest description of it I have read.
Rainshaper
Received this book and immediately read it cover-to-cover. I have always been fascinated with weather, especially tornadoes. If you have a love for the subject, you have to have this book!
Rasmus
Excellent book came as described on time
From the intorduction, you read that the author's intent with this book was to write a modernized edition of Snowden D. Flora's 1953 book "Tornadoes of the United States" -- which was billed at the time as the first general reference book on tornadoes. In that respect, Tom Grazulis has fully succeeded.
"The Tornado" covers all the basics about tornadoes, like the highly complicated (and still enigmatic) process of tornado formation, forecasting, historical aspects of tornadoes -- as well as major tornadic events of the past, safety, climatology/frequncy, international frequency and major events, the Fujita scale, myths (more than you might think), and a pleasingly non-sensational chapter on storm chasing.
The text is never too complicated, and even the more technical points are easy to understand. The fact that the book is up-to-date is also a plus, as is the scope of the book's coverage. It's also somewhat more relevant to an American audience than Arjen and Jerrine Verkaik's "Under the Whirlwind," which -- though good, and including some of what this book covers -- was written with a Canadian audience in mind. (In which case Canadian readers are advised to read that book before this.)
About the only real minus is that there are limited illustrations, and those in the book are black and white. This text accompanied with more -- and color -- illustrations might have been more useful, although in moderation so as not to draw attention away from the text; at any rate a section of color plates would have been a nice addition.
That aside, this is a terrific guide to all things relevant (or even just the stuff you might have thought of once!) to tornadoes.

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