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Big weather : chasing tornadoes in the heart of America

Author: Mark Svenvold
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Following an eccentric band of storm chasers during tornado season, a writer delves deep into our fascination with catastrophic weather. Why is it that devastating weather--and tornadoes in particular--maintain a primal hold on our collective imagination? With his guide Matt Biddle, an Ahab-like veteran storm chaser, Svenvold draws a portrait of a culture enamored by extremes. Along the way, he encounters an  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Svenvold
ISBN: 0805076468 9780805076462
OCLC Number: 57193216
Notes: "A John Macrae book."
Description: 289 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Becalmed: dreaming of Yevtushenko --
Weather talk --
Children at play --
Catastrophilia --
Paparazzi del Cielo --
Present progressive --
A citizen's brigade --
Good-bye, Wakan --
Weather risk and the great folly --
How firm is your foundation? --
What would Jesus drive?
Responsibility: Mark Svenvold.
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Following an eccentric band of storm chasers during tornado season, a writer delves deep into our fascination with catastrophic weather. Why is it that devastating weather--and tornadoes in particular--maintain a primal hold on our collective imagination? With his guide Matt Biddle, an Ahab-like veteran storm chaser, Svenvold draws a portrait of a culture enamored by extremes. Along the way, he encounters an assortment of characters out of a Fellini film, a subculture of catastrophilia. At the heart of the excitement are the awe-inspiring events themselves--a tornado that levels a small town, and the look back at the central Oklahoma tornado outbreak that included the single-most destructive tornado in US history.

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