This blast of arctic air makes it awfully tempting to just settle onto the couch with a good book for a while.
If you’re a weather geek, I’ve got a few reading recommendations for you. For books that read like an evening of vivid stories over a good meal and a beverage or two, check out Into the Storm by Reed Timmer or Hunting Nature’s Fury by Roger Hill.
Timmer is the star of Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers, and his book does a nice job of capturing his personality. You learn where his interest in storms comes from, and how his career has blossomed.
I first met Hill while covering a Silver Lining Tours storm chase tour 10 years ago. It was reassuring to see that Hill and tour director David Gold knew their stuff so well. I knew the tour was in good hands.
If you’re a more visually oriented person, you may well enjoy Jim Reed’s Storm Chaser: A Photographer’s Journey. The book includes many of the dramatic weather images Reed has captured in the course of his career, and Reed offers perspective on what he’s experienced over the years.
Mike Smith’s Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather has been described as the meteorologist’s version of The Right Stuff, and I can see why. Smith, a mainstay in Wichita’s meteorology community and founder of the private forecasting service WeatherData, details the history of weather forecasting, how it has evolved with the assistance of technology, and the impact those changes have had.
It’s an engaging read, and Smith offers a compelling argument that Doppler radar has saved more lives than any other federal program.
I’ll offer more recommendations as opportunities arise.