Readers accompany acclaimed storm tracker Warren Faidley as he tracks tornadoes, lightning, and hurricanes while recounting dramatic true storm-chasing assignments and providing comprehensive weather information for children.
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Grade 4-7. Dramatic full-color photos of lightning, tornadoes, and hurricanes are a vivid testimony to the dedicated efforts of Warren Faidley, storm chaser and photographer. Kramer's readable, exciting text allows readers to ride with Faidley in his specially equipped vehicle, Shadow Chaser, as he races to intercept likely tornado or lightning producers and to join him in the chaotic maelstrom of Hurricane Andrew. Interspersed with Faidley's adventures is a concrete body of information on lightning, storm development, tornado behavior, and the art of photographing fleeting phenomena. There is no index, but the organization of the material and a clear table of contents make specific information readily available. This eye-catching book will undoubtedly be utilized by nonfiction lovers hungry for a good read.?Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Faidley is a storm chaser and photographer who has made a career of capturing on film images of tornadoes, lightning storms, and hurricanes. These dramatic full-color pictures, many of which illustrate the book, have brought him awards and acclaim. Kramer describes Faidley's exciting and dangerous life: the special equipment he has designed; his preparation for shoots; the process of locating storms; the ``chase'' that he hopes will result in a photographic record for others to use and enjoy. An excerpt from Faidley's diary limns a particularly frightening day when he and a partner found themselves in the midst of seven tornadoes. The photographs in the book are magnificent in their depiction of nature on the rampage, and in conveying the awesome power of the storms Faidley pursues. (glossary, further reading) (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-11) -- Copyright ©1997, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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