Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley : Monster Storms of the Great Plains

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This book documents the violent weather-tornadoes-spawned by severe thunderstorms that strike the Great Plains of the United States. Written by an internationally recognized research scientist, the book presents a historical account of the study of the nature of tornadoes and their origin, describing the first scientifically motivated storm chases in the Great Plains, the use of meteorological Doppler radars and other instrumentation, simulation of storms on computers, and the documentation of weather phenomena during storm chases. Interwoven are stories of serendipitous discoveries, the intense excitement of close encounters with tornadoes, and the agonizing disappointments of unsuccessful chases and equipment failure. Most of all, the book conveys the sense of beauty, elegance, and mystery of the violent weather pursued by the author and his fellow students and scientists. Profusely illustrated with spectacular colour and black-and-white photographs, the book will appeal to the layperson or amateur weather enthusiasts as well as the professional scientist: for the latter, appendices with more detailed discussion of severe weather phenomena are more

Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 222.5 x 288 x 19.6mm | 1,104.77g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 67 four-colour illustrations, 94 halftones, line drawings
  • 0195105524
  • 9780195105520

Table of contents

1. The Frontier Overhead; 2. Catching Real and Virtual Storms; 3. Numerical Simulations Come of Age; 4. Storm Chasing and Doppler Radar in Major Field Programs; 5. The Importance of Portability; 6. The State of the Art; 7. Where We Are Headed; References; Appendix A: The Dynamic Pressure; Appendix B: The Effects of Momentum Transport by an Updraft in a Sheared Environment; Appendix C: Other Resourcesshow more

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'... a tour de force with fantastic photographs of tornadoes and storm clouds from his own collection intermingled with an accessible description of tornado science... It is a fine example of how the public understanding of science can be achieved without any 'dumbing down... a gem of a book.' The Times Higher Education Supplement 29/10/99show more

About Howard B. Bluestein

Howard Bluestein is Professor of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma and is frequently a visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, and his cloud photographs have appeared worldwide in magazines, books, calendars, and museums. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma and Boulder, more

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