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Under the whirlwind : everything you need to know about tornadoes but didn't know who to ask
Verkaik, Jerrine.
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Second edition.
Publication Information:
Elmwood, Ont. : Whirlwind Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
223 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
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QC955 .V47 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A lavishly illustrated, full-colour guide to tornadoes, one of nature's most exciting phenomena, this book documents the experiences of two storm chasers who have lived through tornadoes. Myths and misconceptions pertaining to tornadoes are integrated with touching human stories of survival. With hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations, this book offers an exciting tour of the sky, explaining what to expect before and during a tornado, and showing the devastating aftermath. Strange occurrences such as 'green sky' and 'the roar of a tornado' are explained. Safety tips, a guide to rebuilding for communities, and suggestions to help people cope with the effects of a tornado round out this exceptional resource

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School Library Journal Review

YA-This valuable resource presents a wealth of information about a powerful weather phenomenon. Throughout the text, which claims to provide "Everything you need to know about tornadoes but didn't know who to ask," color-coded boxes highlight facts, myths, and checklists, providing easy perusal of the facts and trivia. There is an excellent section on weather basics and tips on reading the sky. The chapters on the development and structure of tornadoes offer understandable explanations of how they form, the various types, and the F-scale by which their power is measured. "Don't Just Stand There" focuses on safety and gives important guidelines on how to best protect yourself and your family. The authors give practical advice to victims, rescuers, and "tornado tourists." They even give guidance on dealing with post-tornado trauma as well as working with insurance companies and building to withstand strong winds. This informative and approachable volume has numerous colorful photographs, charts, and diagrams that clearly illustrate the text and provide something for everyone.-Mary Alice Giarda, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.