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Product Details

  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Weather Channel (May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888763000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888763003
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,581,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Storm Chaser is a marvelous book about the awesome beauty of atmospheric violence, the people who seek it, and the stunning photographs captured of our turbulent atmosphere at its most dramatic.

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Converting his obsession into a profession, Faidley makes his living by photographing twisters in Tornado Alley. He makes no pretense to literary musing or meteorologic exactitude: Faidley's manner toward t-cells is strictly veni, vidi, and video if possible. Most chases fail to sight a tornado, the futility of which Faidley's logs compensate for in their description of what--including potentially lethal danger--the entire endeavor entails. This activity is enjoying voguish popularity, either by participation or watching the movie Twister. Some libraries can meet the immediate interest (boosted by advertising on The Weather Channel) by displaying Faidley's collection of 100 dramatic images; those tending to longer-term collection development can fall back on Laskin's more comprehensive Braving the Elements Gilbert Taylor

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Bravo,Warren Faidley!
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This is a MUST for anyone with even the slightest interest in severe weather.
Mikkel Jacobsen
I love this book because you can't put it down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mikkel Jacobsen on February 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
From the moment you start reading you are bound to continue. Very intense descriptions of chases. This is a MUST for anyone with even the slightest interest in severe weather. I'd rate it the stormchasing book of the century!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "yoco" on January 2, 2001
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"Strorm Chaser in pursuit of untamed Skies" contains some of the most awesome weather photography you will find anywhere. Lightning, tornadoes cloud formations there all here in incredable photo's.The slightly weaker part of this book is the text (makes for good reading none the less) written mostly in a diary type format that takes you on the chase from warren faidley's earliest days starting as a news photographer to the first attempts at lighting photography to the professional storm chaser. The best reading in the book is the "chase" of hurricane Andrew. Chase is not realy the proper word here it's more like "Lets set up here in this seventh story parking lot and wait" still I found this chapter to be the most adventurest of the book. Interestinly it had the weakest photography in the book, (I'm partial to the lightning and tornado photos).A few points in the book will have you checking the publication date, most noteabley pg 72 "Oklahoma City is located in one of the most potentialy dangerous locations within the (tornado) alley. It has been struck at least 33 times in the past 90 years although NO MAJOR TORNADO HAS STRUCK" (emphass mine) Of couse that all changed forever on May 3rd 1999, when one of the greatest outbreaks of tornados ever stuck the oklahoma city area with dozens of tornados including several F4's and f5's. Still if you ever find yourself channel surfing and realize you spend a lot of time on the weather channel or love to wacth those specials about wild weather on the discovery channel like I do, you will throughly enjoy this book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Theodor on March 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
Awesome photography, great stories. A good look at extreme weather from both sides of the camera. He makes you feel like you're right there with him. My hair is still standing on end.
My favorite account turned out to be, not one associated with tornadoes, but with lightning. I've never before had such appreciation for the power of lightning. That's not to diminish the effect of his stories about tornado chasing. They're all exhilarating and humbling.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "yoco" on January 2, 2001
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"Strorm Chaser in pursuit of untamed Skies" contains some of the most awesome weather photography you will find anywhere. Lightning, tornadoes cloud formations there all here in incredable photo's.The slightly weaker part of this book is the text (makes for good reading none the less) written mostly in a diary type format that takes you on the chase from warren faidley's earliest days starting as a news photographer to the first attempts at lighting photography to the professional storm chaser. The best reading in the book is the "chase" of hurricane Andrew. Chase is not realy the proper word here it's more like "Lets set up here in this seventh story parking lot and wait" still I found this chapter to be the most adventurest of the book. Interestinly it had the weakest photography in the book, (I'm partial to the lightning and tornado photos).A few points in the book will have you checking the publication date, most noteabley pg 72 "Oklahoma City is located in one of the most potentialy dangerous locations within the (tornado) alley. It has been struck at least 33 times in the past 90 years although NO MAJOR TORNADO HAS STRUCK" (emphass mine) Of couse that all changed forever on May 3rd 1999, when one of the greatest outbreaks of tornados ever stuck the oklahoma city area with dozens of tornados including several F4's and f5's. Still if you ever find yourself channel surfing and realize you spend a lot of time on the weather channel or love to wacth those specials about wild weather on the discovery channel like I do, you will throughly enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Hill on July 16, 2002
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The very best book on storm photography! If you like the idea of storm chasing as a carrer, than this book is for you! I plan to become a storm photographer after I finish college. Hands down, Warren Faidley is one heck of a photo jurnalist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 24, 1999
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I read this book back in 96 when it came out. I absolutely loved the book. I loved the color photos and the stories he shares. Oh and did anybody even mention the lightning strike? The one near the tank farm. He gives excellent detail on how he got the closest lighting shot ever recorded on film. From the spider bite to the wall climbing to get to the spot he took the picture. I recommend this book to anybody who is fasinated with severe weather and all of it's inner beauty. But also don't forget the beautiful calm pictures of nature also, i.e, rainbows, sunsets, and plain old clouds. They all have their place in the atmosphere.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amy Klasmeyer on March 14, 2000
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A fantastic read even for storm novices. Faidley makes the terms he uses easy to understand. His explaination and motivation for begining his weather photography makes the rest of the book enjoyable. The photography is amazing.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S. T. Pratt on March 11, 2001
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I've had an avid interest in meteorology since I was a small child, and my bookcase is full of various weather-related books. However, Warren Faidley's "Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies" is among my most favorite. The breathtaking images coupled with detailed trip logs and weather information make for a very informative, yet interesting read.
Warren Faidley is a very experienced and highly regarded weather photographer. This book definitely does his work justice as he takes you through some of his adventures with a log-style format. Inserted among the stories are his own photographs, which are in full color and are top-notch in quality. All of his accounts are technically accurate and offer a plethora of knowledge about the subject of severe weather and the discipline needed to accomplish the task of chasing storms. In the rear of the book, he also gives a few pages of information on how to photograph your own weather events. From cameras to lenses to technical specs, he covers it all.
Overall, this book is extremely informative for everyone, whether you're a novice or you've been in the field of meteorology for 50 years. I highly reccommend it to anyone wishing to expand their collection of weather reference.
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