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Hunting Nature's Fury: A Storm Chaser's Obsession with Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and other Natural Disasters Paperback – October 5, 2009


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About the Author

As a professional storm chaser, Hill has witnessed some 400 tornadoes and hurricanes in his lifetime and has captured them on film for every major TV network, plus National Geographic, The Weather Channel, The Discovery Channel, and The Learning Channel. He is co-owner of Silver Lining Tours, America’s leading storm-chasing tour company.


Peter Bronski is the author of At the Mercy of the Mountains: True Stories of Survival and Tragedy in New York's Adirondacks and the Wilderness Press guide Powder Ghost Towns: Epic Backcountry Runs in Colorado's Lost Ski Resorts.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0899975119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899975115
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #759,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Howley, Jr. on October 26, 2009
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I strongly recommend Hunting Nature's Fury to storm chasers and especially to those who want to know more about storm chasing and why they might want to also get out and try it.
Hunting Nature's Fury should definitely appeal to many readers for assorted ages and backgrounds.
For those of us who know Roger Hill, and have chased with him, it should be no surprise that it reflects his unequaled passion for the joy of storm chasing. His well known enthusiasm comes through as he recounts his interesting background and especially as he relates a sampling of his assorted storm chasing adventures.
The chasing stories in Hunting Nature's Fury accurately reflect what chasers do when they chase storms and give a real sense of why we do it.
It is a fast, entertaining and easy read for all.
Way to go Roger!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen T. Rostkoski on December 4, 2009
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I went storm chasing with roger in may of 2001. Unfortunately, that was a dull year to storm chase. I was surprised when he took over the silver lining tours, but it sounds like he's done very well. This book has a nice flow to it as he describes the many storms,which makes it very easy read. My only criticism would be the writing is not very interesting or thoughtful. It seems to be written for children. I realize he is not a professional writer and I assume that's why he had someone assist him in writing the book. There are other more interesting books out that on the same subject. For example, Mark Svenvold wrote a great book called "Big Weather".
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After asking Roger Hill about his favorite storm chases one night at dinner, I, along with the rest of our diners, sat mesmerized as he vividly recounted his June 23, 2003 chase in South Dakota. It wasn't just that the Roger Hill led tour group recorded 16 tornadoes, or that they saw several multivotex tornadoes or even that it included the largest tornado he'd ever seen - the Manchester, South Dakota F4 with winds over 200 mph - that made his recounting so memorable, but it was the passion and excitement he embodied as he recounted that chase day. Listening to him made you feel as if you were right there in that van along for the ride. Having witness over 400 tornadoes, if Roger's greatest skill is finding the elusive twister in a sea of storms, then mastering the art of storytelling would be not far behind.

How wonderful it is now to be able to read about that chase along with so many others in his book, "Hunting Nature's Fury". I found this book, co-written by Peter Bronski, to be a perfect blend of great storytelling and knowledge sharing about the science and history of thunderstorms, tornadoes, forecasting, and chasing. The stories are exciting and the science is delivered in an easily comprehendable form, including a useful glossary of weather terms and chasing slang.

Whether you want to know what ingredients and processes are required for tornadoes to form, or learn fascinating facts about things like the largest hailstone ever recorded (1.67 pounds) or why the word tornado was offically banned from public broadcasts for 65 years, or be able to separate tornado myths (opening windows alleviates tornado pressure) from reality (fish have fallen from the sky), or to imagine what it's like to chase storms with a stormchasing guru, then you'll really enjoy reading this book....likely more than once.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie L. Friedman on August 8, 2012
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This book explores the greatest storms on earth, Hurricanes and Tornadoes. The author presents excellent facts and photos in a fun to read book which is very educational. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL
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Those interested in tornadoes, and who have already seen some of the various video documentaries about storm chasers in the American prairies, have certainly heard of this author!
Roger Hill is one of the best (if not the best) in his field, and in this very exciting book he tells us how he became who he is now: a storm chaser.
The traumatic experience of the devastation of his parent's home by an F5 tornado when he was 9 years old left a lasting impression on him. As a young adult it breaks through again and makes him begin to search for the storms, to drive towards them, to chase them.
It is not only exciting but also fascinating to read how he describes his ever increasing obsession, which eventually causes complications in his personal and professional life.
And naturally the storms, the tornadoes, are again and again in the center of his fast paced depiction.
The need to share with others the incredible experience of untamed (and potentially very dangerous) nature, makes him turn his passion into his main occupation: for many years now he has been taking photographers and tourists like me to "Tornado Alley" from April to July and has now seen far more than 400 tornadoes.
All this is the subject of his book, complete with some of his many thousand photos, which document the extraordinary beauty of the spectacle.
An absolute must for everyone interested in untamed nature and in weather!
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By Patricia J. Monahan on November 6, 2009
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As someone who has chased with Roger many times, I wanted to read his book to learn even more than he has already taught me. As an avid reader, I was looking forward to a book about a topic that interests me. Hunting Nature's Fury provides both beyond my expectations. The action described in these chapters will put the reader on the plains, waiting to see what the storm will offer up next and wanting more. Hunting Nature's Fury both educates and entertains. I've been reading this book at work and on the train. I've already missed the end of my lunch hour, my train stop on the way home and I'm only half way through!
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