Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

Storm Kings: The Untold History of America's First Tornado Chasers

Lee Sandlin


With sixteen pages of black-and-white illustrations

From the acclaimed writer of Wicked River comes Storm Kings, a riveting story of supercell tornadoes and the quirky, pioneering, weather-obsessed scientists whose discoveries created the technological know-how of recent meteorology.
 
While tornadoes have sometimes been noticed somewhere else, simply the critical plains of North the US have the correct stipulations for his or her construction. For the early settlers the sight of a funnel cloud was once an unearthly occasion. They referred to as it the “Storm King,” and their descriptions bordered at the supernatural: it glowed eco-friendly or crimson, it whistled or moaned or sang. In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin explores America’s fascination with and designated dating to tornadoes. From Ben Franklin’s early experiments to the “great hurricane conflict” of the 19th century to heartland existence within the early 20th century, Sandlin re-creates with bright descriptions one of the most devastating storms in America’s historical past, together with the Tri-state twister of 1925 and the Peshtigo “fire tornado,” whose lethal direction of destruction used to be left encased in glass.
 
Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness tales, and records, Sandlin brings to existence the forgotten characters and scientists who replaced a nation—including James Espy, America’s first meteorologist, and Colonel John Park Finley, who helped position a community of climate “spotters” around the nation. alongside the best way, Sandlin info the little-known yet attention-grabbing historical past of the nationwide climate carrier, paints a shiny photo of the early Midwest, and indicates how successive generations got here to appreciate, and eventually coexist with, the spiraling risk that can erase lives and entire cities in an instant.

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