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Extreme Weather: A Guide To Surviving Flash Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters (Macmillan Science) [Paperback]

by Bonnie Schneider
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Book Description

January 31, 2012 023011573X 978-0230115736 Original

Flash floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, thunderstorms, and wildfires - these devastating events are happening around the world at an alarming rate. As a Meteorologist on CNN and HLN, Bonnie Schneider reports on these natural disasters, explaining when they're likely to strike, and telling viewers how to respond when they do. In Extreme Weather, Schneider distills that information into a guide for readers. She interviews experts from a wide variety of agencies - including FEMA and NOAA - to provide a comprehensive understanding of the science behind weather patterns and the latest thinking on how to act in dangerous conditions. Ranging from topics that cover every season and every climate, Schneider introduces the reader to the best course of action during weather emergencies, including:

*how to handle extreme weather scenarios in your car, outside, on a boat or at home

*how to prepare for potential dangers, such as deadly lightning, when planning a camping trip, vacation or sports outing

*what you need to have at home to protect against floods, earthquakes, or severe storms

*how to protect your home from rapidly spreading wildfire

*how to create a family evacuation plan for different emergencies

*making sure your beloved pet is taken care of in time of disaster

Drawing on actual survivor stories, Extreme Weather reminds readers that disaster can strike at any time, changing your life forever.

*making sure your beloved pet is taken care of in time of disaster

Drawing on actual survivor stories, Extreme Weather reminds readers that disaster can strike at any time, changing your life forever.

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Editorial Reviews


“Expert advice about how to survive weather so bad it needs CAPITAL LETTERS, from TORNADOES to TSUNAMIS. This winter, reading about heat waves may make for pleasant escapism, and learning about snowstorms could save your life!”--National Post

"When a weather emergency strikes, the key to survival is clear thinking and decisive action. And that's what makes Bonnie Schneider's book so valuable. It's written with clarity and is filled with specific actions that if taken will save lives when disaster calls at your door, be it a flash flood, earthquake, wildfire, or severe thunderstorm. Personal anecdotes will inspire you to be proactive before extreme weather threatens, but when it does, Extreme Weather provides a bullet point by bullet point roadmap to a safe outcome."--John Kretschmer, author of At The Mercy of the Sea

"This is a book to read on a calm night when there's hardly a breeze and the skies are clear. It will remain with you in vivid detail, and someday, when the weather turns tumultuous, this book could save your life."--Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor, The Last Lecture

"Natural disasters and extreme weather are real events that many people don't think about until it's too late. As the nation's official provider of weather forecasts, we rely on meteorologists in the media, like Bonnie, to relay safety measures and severe weather warnings to the public. In this book, Bonnie describes extreme weather and natural disasters and provides specific preparedness tips. The valuable information in this book could save a life!"--Donna Franklin, NOAA's Lightning Safety Program Lead

"As a storm chaser for the last 13 years, I've intercepted over 200 tornadoes and a dozen powerful hurricanes. Witnessing first-hand the destruction and loss of life that can be left in the wake of tornadoes and hurricanes is the overwhelming dark side of storm chasing. Bonnie Schneider's book, Extreme Weather, breaks down the science behind extreme weather events and gives people valuable advice on what to do before, during and after mother nature's most terrifying situations."--Reed Timmer, Meteorologist/Storm Chaser and host of the television show, "Storm Chasers" on the Discovery Channel

"As a news anchor on HLN, everyday I tell viewers about what's happening in the world. Many of those stories describe the devastating role of extreme weather on people's lives. This year, stories about tornadoes in Alabama and Missouri, wildfires in Texas, and even an unusual earthquake near Washington, DC, have been prominent in news coverage. Bonnie Schneider's book Extreme Weather is right on the pulse of what people affected by these natural disasters are most wanting to know- how can I prepare if this happens again? Her advice is easy to follow, and her profiles on weather survivors are compelling to read."--Susan Hendricks, News Anchor, HLN

About the Author

Bonnie Schneider is a meteorologist who appears on the various media platforms of CNN and HLN. She has also reported for local television stations around the country. Schneider holds the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval for excellence in weather broadcasting. She is a graduate of Boston University and lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Product Details

  • Series: Macmillan Science
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023011573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230115736
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,014,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Bonnie Schneider is meteorologist appearing on the various platforms of CNN and HLN. She is also the on-camera expert and co-executive producer of a TV special on the DIY NETWORK, called LAST HOUSE STANDING, premiering on March 30, 2012. Bonnie's first book is EXTREME WEATHER published Palgrave Macmillan on January 31, 2012. Her website promoting her multi-city book tour beginning Feburary 1, 2012 in Boston, media appearances and video chat is BonnieWeather.com [[1]] In August, 2011 during coverage of Hurricane Irene, Schneider's book was featured on HLN's popular prime time show, Special Report with Vinnie Politan

Prior her work on CNN that began in the summer of 2005, Schneider has also been the Weekend Meteorologist/Special Assignment Reporter for "The Ten O'Clock News" on WLVI-TV WB56 in Boston. While in Boston, she also provided entertainment and lifestyle reporting as a special assignment reporter three days a week. Prior to WB56, she was the weekend meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami. She has held several meteorology and reporting positions including: News 12 Long Island, a 24-hour cable news television network, and WXII-TV, the NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She also worked for the CBS network in New York City as a frequent fill-in meteorologist on the The Saturday Early Show.

Schneider was awarded the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval for broadcast meteorologists who achieve the highest standard of excellence in both technical weather knowledge and communication skills. She has also had the opportunity to interview a number of famous celebrities. While in New York at News 12, she earned the Associated Press Award for "Best Interview" for her half-hour special, "A Conversation with Billy Joel." She said she suffered from nerves just prior to the interview, but her uneasiness subsided after the legendary singer flashed her a smile and admitted that he watched her station's newscasts frequently and always kept an eye out for her "marine forecasts."

A native of Jericho, New York, Schneider earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University in 1991. She pursued her meteorological studies at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Hunter College in Manhattan. She started her career as a weekend meteorologist at KPLC-TV in Lake Charles, Louisiana in the early 1990s.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have! February 14, 2012
Anyone who thinks this book is not useful has obviously not lived through a weather disaster. If you don't think Tornadoes, Hurricanes and flash floods are related to weather than you are ignorant. Unfortunately, by the time you may want to "google" something or watch it on the news it is too late. Reading personal experiences about people who have been through these horrific experiences has brought the actuality of them home. I felt this book "cut to the chase" without many of the myths associated with extreme weather. Having an book in hand as a reference serves as a constant reminder to be prepared, and that extreme weather can happen anytime - anywhere. If the people of New Orleans had been more educated before the aftermath of Katrina, things would have turned out differently. Although nothing can prepare you for the sound of a tornado(which is terrifying) knowing what to really do when it strikes is priceless. BTW - standing in a doorway is NOT comforting! I live in a big city and never expected a tornado to hit. My children are fascinated with weather so I bought this book to read with them. Knowing they feel more empowered and have a better understanding of the situations that can occur is a big comfort. We cannot control the unpredictability of weather, but we can certainly control how we react to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Extreme Weather Resource December 23, 2012
I found "Extreme Weather" by meteorologist Bonnie Schneider to be a well-resourced guide for readers who are looking for an easy-to-understand compilation of practical safety information on natural disasters. The writing style is clear and concise, prefaced with science introductions to each weather and natural event topic. As broadcast meteorologists, we rely on disaster preparedness that is to the point and prioritized, in order to be an effective communications tool. I also credit Bonnie for her creative first-hand accounts based on interviews with storm survivors to introduce most chapters. This makes "Extreme Weather" a useful home reference.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Informative and Easy to Read August 21, 2012
Anyone who might be subject to extreme weather (almost everyone!) can benefit from the useful tips in this book. While a few people rightly claim that the internet has the same info, some folks still like to read and reference physical books. If you are one of those people, Bonnie Schneider has assembled all of the pertinent facts into an easy to read guide.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bonnie Schneider's: Extreme Weather December 31, 2013
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It is a good book. Bonnie explains everything well, she helps show what makes weather happen without being too preachy. Good job Bonnie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful info about all our weather systems December 2, 2013
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Covers all the various weather systems and tells what to do regarding each one. E.g. How to be safe in a tornado, and to buy whistles to take to basement with you in case cell phone doesn't work so you can blow it to be heard to be found if you are under rubble of any kind. I bought each of our family a referees whistle on a string.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tornado info was helpful May 27, 2012
I enjoyed this book because I have to be abreast of what to do in certain situations. I spend a lot of my time in remote areas and frankly can't access the TV! So I need to be informed and up to date on what's going on in the world of weather. Knowledge is power - and this book helped me get up to speed on what to do in tornadoes, as well as in other scenarios that I could encounter traveling. Great read!
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