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Author Hargrove, Brantley, author.

Title The man who caught the storm : the life of legendary tornado chaser Tim Samaras / Brantley Hargrove.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2018.


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 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Samaras,T HAR    Available
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    92 Samaras,T HAR    Available
 GDL Montrose Library Non-Fiction    92 Samaras,T HAR    Available
Edition First hardcover edition.
Description 295 pages ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The watcher -- A boy with an engineer's mind -- This love affair with the sky -- The spark -- Catching the tornado -- The cowboy science -- A turtle in the wild -- The toreador -- Stratford, Texas -- Manchester, South Dakota -- Doubling down -- A team of upstarts -- TWISTEX takes the gravel road -- Quinter, Kansas -- "You have my only son" -- Warnings -- Bowdle, South Dakota -- A dead end, a new chance -- Chase nirvana -- A shift in the wind -- El Reno, Oklahoma -- The dragon's tail -- The crossing -- The last ride -- How far from daylight -- Ground truth -- The signs -- Tim's legacy.
Summary "At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science's every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider. In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn't attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match--in a faceoff against the largest tornado ever recorded--it upended everything he thought he knew. Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge."--Jacket.
Subject Samaras, Tim.
Storm chasers -- United States -- Biography.
Tornadoes -- United States.
Severe storms -- United States.
Meteorology -- United States -- Observations.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Other Form: Online version: Hargrove, Brantley. Man who caught the storm. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018 9781476796116 (DLC) 2018017075
ISBN 9781476796093 (hardcover)
1476796092 (hardcover)
9781476796109 (paperback)
1476796106 (paperback)

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