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Tornado!: The Story Behind These Twisting, Turning, Spinning, and Spiraling Storms (National Geographic Kids) Hardcover – Illustrated, April 12, 2011
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- Format: Hardcover
- Publication Date: 4/12/2011
- Pages: 64
- Reading Level: Age 10 and Up
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Q: What inspired you to write a book about tornados?
A: Dennis and I are Midwesterners. As such, every spring and summer, we experience volatile weather, fascinating and frightening at the same time. Several years ago, our house and car were damaged by a downdraft--a phenomenon, like a tornado, caused by a cold front colliding with warm, unstable air. Last year, a tornado struck less than a mile from where I was driving with my daughter and granddaughters. Watching the gigantic wall cloud approach us and feeling the wind-driven, instantaneous 25 degree temperature drop was terrifying, forcing us to seek shelter. Who knows what this spring will bring as cold fronts from the north, winds from the west, and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico collide and spin over our area?
Q: Why is it so difficult to predict when a tornado might hit?
A: Tornado prediction is much more reliable now than ever. The Storm Prediction Center monitors radar and satellite imagery to watch the creation of spinning storm cells, then monitor conditions that could lead to severe weather. Sirens sound, alerting citizens to take shelter. For these reasons, there are fewer serious injuries and fatalities from twisters than in the past.
Q: Is there any other weather phenomenon you might want to write about in the future? Why?
A: We’ve already written our WITNESS TO DISASTER series for National Geographic Children’s Books: VOLCANOES! HURRICANES! EARTHQUAKES! TSUNAMIS! and DROUGHTS! Our FLOODS book has been written, but not yet published.
Q: What is the most fascinating thing about a tornado?
A: In an era when humans like to think we can control the trajectory of our lives more and more, tornadoes remind us of the power of nature and encourage us, like our ancestors, to learn to read the skies.
Q: There is some stunning photography in the book. Do you think people risk too much getting close to dangerous forces in the pursuit of snapping great photos?
A: People who photograph dramatic and violent forces of nature fall, in my mind, into three categories. Some are scientists, prepared with state-of-the-art storm-monitoring equipment and vehicles. The scientists understand, respect, and fear the forces of nature they study. Some are storm-chasers--risk-takers who, with lesser knowledge and equipment, shoot stunning images. Finally, there are amateur photographers who find themselves in the path of an approaching storm, whip out their cameras, click the shutter and snag awesome images. We sift through thousands of photographs taken by scientists, storm-chasers and amateurs to acquire the pictures for our books.
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- Publisher : National Geographic Kids; Illustrated edition (April 12, 2011)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1426307799
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426307799
- Reading age : 10 - 14 years
- Lexile measure : 1120L
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 9.6 x 0.5 x 10.4 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Morgan on May 31, 2018
By SharBea on June 18, 2021
The following chapters talk about the development of tornado science and prediction. The charts and diagrams and quick facts add nicely. The design of the book is very attractive and appealing, especially for reluctant readers. The lists of tornado records will of course need to be adjusted after this most recent outbreak, but the numbers are still impressive. For example, the widest known tornado was two miles, the highest wind speeds ever recorded on the planet were in a tornado, 318 miles per hour. Facts like these are hard to fathom for those of us who haven't witnessed them. Like most National Geographic publications, the photographs are its strength, creating awe on the part of the reader. The list of websites and books at the end of the book are a nice complement to the rest of the book. I highly recommend this book for those who want a better understanding of tornadoes and their affect on human lives.
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It was for my 4 year Old, who obviously can’t yet read it, but still enjoyed it with his surprising love for the subject.