Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers
- Author: Mike Hollingshead, Eric Nguyen
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson. 2008.
- ISBN: 9780500287378
- Annotation: This book describes seventeen chases through Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, with 340 color illustrations and commentary by the chasers themselves. Features on weather phenomena like hail and mammatus clouds, insights into forecasting and research, and an explanation of the science behind tornadoes are also included.
Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America
- Author: Mark Svenvold
- Publisher:Henry Holt & Co. 2006.
- ISBN: 9780805080148
- Annotation: Svenvold, a poet, tagged along with veteran storm chaser, Matt Biddle, in 2004 to tell this story of the world of storm chasing, the interesting and eccentric characters, the excitement, and the dreams and motivations of these unusual men and women. An entertaining narrative brimming with stylish prose, it is a wryly observed meditation on the weather, especially catastrophic weather.
F5: Devastation, Survival, and the Most Violent Tornado Outbreak of the 20th Century
- Author: Mark Levine
- Publisher: Miramax Books. 2007.
- ISBN: 9781401352202
- Annotation: In April 1974 148 tornadoes swept across 13 states, killing or wounding hundreds of people, destroying thousands of homes and causing damage in the billions of dollars. Levine focuses on the people affected, their lives before the tornadoes and after.
The Forgotten Storm: The Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925
- Author: Wallace E. Akin
- Publisher: The Lyons Press. 2004.
- ISBN: 9781592283125
- Annotation:One afternoon in 1925 a thunderstorm spawned a tornado that ripped through southwest Missouri, southern Illinois and southwest Indiana, killing 695 people and wounding 2,000, in a record-breaking 219-mile, 3-hour path of destruction. Wallace Akin was two years old when the Tri-State Tornado picked up his house - with him and his mother inside - and dropped it atop two other collapsed buildings. Using first-person accounts, newspaper stories, and diaries, Akin tells the tornado's story from its first sighting to its end.
Scanning the Skies: A History of Tornado Forecasting
- Author: Marlene Bradford
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press. 2001.
- ISBN: 9780806133027
- Annotation: Approximately, 1,000 tornadoes occur yearly and have claimed 18,000 American lives since 1880. Scanning the Skies traces the history of today's tornado warning system from its start in World War II and explains how advancements during the latter half of the twentieth-century- such as computerized data collection and processing systems, Doppler radar, state-of-the-art television weather centers, and an extensive public education program-have resulted in the drastic reduction of tornado fatalities.
Storm Chaser: A Photographer's Journey
- Author: Jim Reed
- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 2007.
- ISBN: 9780810993921
- Annotation: In Storm Chaser, a beautiful picture book about some of the most powerful and sometimes deadly phenomena in the world, Reed, an experienced chaser, shares his best images and his experiences as he tracks these storms throughout the country.
Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado
- Author: Nancy Mathis
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster / Touchstone. 2008.
- ISBN: 9780743296601
- Annotation: On May 3, 1999, numerous tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma, causing at least $1 billion in damage and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. The author, a native Oklahoman, draws on many interviews to tell how the storms changed people's lives, and also gives an overview of tornado research history.
Tornado Alley: Monster Storms of the Great Plains
- Author: Howard B. Bluestein
- Publisher: Oxford University Press. 2006.
- ISBN: 9780195307115
- Annotation: A professor of meteorology at the University of Oklahoma, Bluestein explains what is known about the genesis of tornadoes and their parent storms and presents a personal history of modern severe-storm research. The book includes more than 100 of Bluestein's photographs of storm clouds and vortexes, which are not only spectacularly beautiful but also help to clarify his technical descriptions.
Tornado Hunter: Getting Inside the Most Violent Storms on Earth
- Author: Stefan Bechtel, Tim Samaras
- Publisher: National Geographic Society. 2009.
- ISBN: 9781426203022
- Annotation: Five you-are-there accounts give minute-by-minute descriptions of tornados and their paths of destruction. The communities'stories are combined with the excitement of the storms and the science behind them..
The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm
- Author: Thomas P. Grazulis
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press. 2003.
- ISBN: 9780806181110
- Annotation: Meteorologist Thomas P. Grazulis conveys both the science and thrill of tornadoes with stories of storm chasing and statistics about tornadoes and their effects on communities. He also provides information on the most destructive tornadoes in every state and in over 175 foreign countries.
Under the Whirlwind: Everything You Need to Know about Tornadoes but Didn't Know Who to Ask
- Author: Jerrine Verkaik, Arien Verkaik
- Publisher: Whirlwind Books. 2001.
- ISBN: 9780968153741
- Annotation: With hundreds of color photographs and illustrations, this book documents the experiences of two storm chasers. The authors explain what to expect before, during and after a tornado, and explain strange occurrences such as "green sky" and "the roar of a tornado". Safety tips, a guide to rebuilding for communities, and suggestions to help people cope with the effects of a tornado are also included.
A World Turned Over: A Killer Tornado and the Lives It Changed Forever
- Author: Lorian Hemingway
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster. 2003.
- ISBN: 9780743247672
- Annotation: Hemingway returned to Jackson more than 30 years after a tornado devastated the city to talk to the survivors to learn how their lives were changed by the experience. She recreates the day of the tornado, drawing on both news stories and interviews with survivors.