When the Weather Outside is Frightful…
Curl up with a good book or film about just how crazy the weather can get, the people who get stuck out in it, and the people who chase it:
Stormy Weather: a Novel
by Carl Hiaasen
When a ferocious hurricane rips through southern Florida, the con artists and carpetbaggers waste no time in swarming over the disaster area. Two honeymooners are at the center of a chaotic adventure that brings together a seductive con artist, a shotgun-toting mobile home salesman, a law school dropout, a Gaboon viper, and a troop of storm-shocked monkeys.
The perfect storm
In October 1991, the crew of the fishing boat Andrea Gail battles the greatest storm in recorded history formed by the joining of three weather fronts– one of them Hurricane Grace. Based on the book “The Perfect Storm” by Sebastian Junger.
by Bill Evans and Marianna Jameson
A huge natural disaster is brewing in the Atlantic. Hurricane Simone is a Category 7 – the biggest, strongest storm in recorded history, and when she hits New York City, skyscrapers will fall, subways and tunnels will flood, and much of New York City and the East Coast will disappear under more than thirty feet of water. Except that Simone isn’t natural – she’s the product of rogue weather science being wielded by billionaire Carter Thompson as part of a personal vendetta against the President.
Catastrophes! Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters
by Donald R. Prothero
Devastating natural disasters have profoundly shaped human history, leaving us with a respect for the mighty power of the earth, and a humbling view of our future. Paleontologist and geologist Donald R. Prothero tells the harrowing human stories some of the most important natural disasters in history: the New Madrid, Missouri, earthquakes of 1812 that caused church bells to ring in Boston, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people, the massive volcanic eruptions of Krakatau, Mount Tambora, Mount Vesuvius, Mount St. Helens, and Nevado del Ruiz.
Paris Under Water: How the City of Light Survived the Great Flood of 1910
by Jeffrey H. Jackson.
In the winter of 1910, the river that brought life to Paris – the Seine – became a force of destruction in a matter of hours. Torrential rainfall saturated the soil, and faulty engineering created conditions that soon drowned Parisian streets, homes, businesses, and museums, thrusting the City of Light into a battle with the elements. Parisians of all backgrounds rallied to save the city and one another, improvising techniques to keep Paris functioning and braving the dangers of collapsing infrastructure and looters.
A riveting tale of the weather’s most vicious monster – the super cell tornado – that recreates the origins of meteorology, and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists who helped change America.
Weather: How it Works and Why it Matters
by Arthur Upgren and Jurgen Stock
Scientists have delved deep into the smallest particles of matter and have extended their view to the far reaches of the universe, but still seem unable to predict the temperature five days hence. Two scientists examine recent progress in the fields of meteorology and climatology, describing the earth’s atmosphere, its origin and structure, and the forces that have shaped and continue to affect it. The authors end with a discussion of the major threats to earth’s atmosphere brought on by human activity, including global warming and ozone depletion, and argue that pure science–not politics–should dictate our policy responses.
Ever since college, Reed Timmer has been drawn to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other big-weather phenomena. Timmer tells us with almost breathless enthusiasm about tracking Hurricane Floyd as it approached the U.S. in 1999; about following Katrina in 2005 and helping its victims in the aftermath; and about, in 2000, barely escaping a potentially lethal hailstorm. The author also takes us through the history of storm chasing, which began with a University of Oklahoma project in the early 1970s in which meteorology students filmed tornadoes to learn how they behaved.
In 1900 Isaac Cline, resident meterologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau, failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city of Galveston, Texas. Within a few hours, Galveston was submerged by a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over 6,000 people.
The Weather Man
A successful Chicago weather man tries to win back his estranged wife and impress his famous father while seeking out a prestigious job that could turn his life around.