The Untold History of America's First Tornado ChaserseBook - 2013
In Storm Kings, Lee Sandlin retraces America's fascination and unique relationship to tornadoes and the weather. From Ben Franklin's early experiments, to "the great storm debates" of the nineteenth century, to heartland life in the early twentieth century, Sandlin shows how tornado chasing helped foster the birth of meteorology, recreating with vivid descriptions some of the most devastating storms in America's history. Drawing on memoirs, letters, eyewitness testimonies, and numerous archives, Sandlin brings to life the forgotten characters and scientists that changed a nation and how successive generations came to understand and finally coexist with the spiraling menace that could erase lives and whole towns in an instant.
Baker & Taylor
Traces the historical efforts to study and understand super cell tornadoes and the role of storm chasers in shaping meteorology, citing the early experiments of Ben Franklin, the "great storm debates" of the 19th century and the development of the National Weather Service. 30,000 first printing.