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Extreme Weather: A Guide To Surviving Flash Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters (MacSci) Original Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0230115736
ISBN-10: 023011573X
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“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.

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Product Details

  • Series: MacSci
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Original edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023011573X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230115736
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,476,632 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I bought this book because I found on Google that my family, in the 'flash flood' chapter, story was told.. no one asked our permission, we had no knowledge of this. I'm stunned. Their are a few typos and the story is very brief. We were not interviewed. Anyway. Just wow. Hope this book can be beneficial to others.
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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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I wish I could give this book zero stars because it is a total rip off. Everything in here is the work of someone else. There is no new information in here and aside from some rehashed stories in the opening lines of every chapter there is nothing you can not find on the National Weather Service web site. This is a bad book plain and simple and I can't believe some publishing company would pay a person to write this. Well put their name to it since it's not writing.

Here is what you do, DO NOT pay a cent for this you can get it for free in a million places. It is not at all educational since it is unlikely you will face a blizzard, tornado and tsunami in the same place. Basically don't waste your money!
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This book was extremely informative, helpful and very easy to read. It was just the right mix of science and general information. Hearing first-hand accounts from those who survived weather disasters was very compelling. I also liked learning what causes these weather phenomenons and how to prepare for them. The book is an excellent reference book that I feel should be in every home. I often watch the author on TV (CNN) so I know she knows her stuff. This book just further proves that. Fast read, powerful, stays with you long after finishing it.
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