From the Hurricane Charley
"I was hanging on, dirt in my eyes, making
myself as small of a target as I could in that little corner outside the eye
doctor's office. I could have really used a break right about then. Ten
minutes later, around 4:45 pm, an incredible gust of wind and a strong
pressure sensation hit me in the chest. It got really bright, too, as if I
had entered Heaven. Wow, Hurricane Charley full on - here I take my last
breath. The dreaded eyewall was there. God, could it get any worse?"
extreme weather cameraman and filmmaker Jim Edds take you on an
educational journey into the realm of hurricanes.
In the first
chapter, Lifecycle of a Hurricane, you'll learn basic hurricane
meteorology. While most books just list the hurricane categories (i.e. 1,
2, 3, etc.) from the Saffir-Simpson scale, this book offers you
corresponding video clips showing footage from a hurricane of that
category. This interactive approach gives you a better feel for just how
the categories differ, instead of only showing you a number on a page.
Next up is the
Danger Zone - the storm surge, flooding, wind, and tornadoes/waterspouts
associated with hurricanes. You'll get the chance to learn about different
scenarios that can keep you safe during severe weather. The hurricane is a
day out and a spiral feeder band approaching you has an embedded tornado
or waterspout. How do you find out about it and avoid it if you're outside
putting up shutters on your home? If a hurricane is approaching, should
you evacuate or try and "ride it out"?
The author also
takes you aboard the two NOAA Hurricane Hunter research missions. Video of
crew members is included, and you'll hear them discussing the mission and
see the equipment being used on board the two primary aircraft – the Orion
P3 and Gulfstream IV high altitude sample jet.
Then you'll go
with the author into two of the most dangerous and catastrophic hurricanes
to hit the US. Watch the small town of Punta Gorda, Florida come apart
piece by piece from street level as Category Four Hurricane Charley comes
ashore on Friday the 13th. See record-breaking storm surge march up the
shore and swamp the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, where 50 people
chose to ride out the storm.
Finally, be sure
to read the chapter on hurricane survival. It tells you what you need to
know all the way through preparation, evacuation (or riding it out), and
recovery. You'll learn what you need to know in order to survive a
hurricane - and you'll learn it from someone who's filmed 27 hurricanes
and typhoons in the last 10 years.
book is supplemented with 25 edited video clips and 115 photos from inside
actual hurricanes and typhoons from around the world. It's a fascinating
read for all ages.