- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Weldon Owen (October 6, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616289538
- ISBN-13: 978-1616289539
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
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Extreme Weather (Outdoor Life): 214 Tips for Surviving Nature's Worst Paperback – October 6, 2015
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Dennis Mersereau is the lead writer for Gawker’s weather vertical, The Vane. He also contributes to the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, writes as "weatherdude" on DailyKos.
For over 110 years, Outdoor Life has provided outdoor and urban survival expertise to millions of readers. Their authors have written on everything from disaster preparedness to subsistence hunting and fishing, to which guns to use against the undead (really!). Readers count on them for survival information from the everyday (will I get rained on if I go fishing in Montana in April?) to the extreme (what if my plane crashes in a remote area?).
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TIP 97: LEARN A STORM’S SECRET
Looking at the radar is a great way to know where all that precipitation is located, but sometimes we also need to use that precipitation to tell us secrets about the storm’s inner workings. The two most common products available to radar users across the world are called “reflectivity” and “velocity.” Reflectivity is used to make the maps you’re probably used to seeing, with rainbow-colored shading that shows where the heaviest rain and snow are pouring down at the moment.
Velocity, meanwhile, tells us the speed that a storm is traveling by using the Doppler effect to determine how fast, say, a raindrop is moving. So, if the raindrop is moving east at 45 MPH, we can deduce that the winds in that region of the storm are blowing at around 45 MPH. This measure is extremely helpful in severe weather situations, especially during tornadoes.
The velocity data can rat out a tornado hiding in the rain. Most radar velocity images are shown in red and green, with reds showing wind moving away from the radar, and greens showing wind moving toward the radar. When all those red and green colors show strong winds moving in opposite directions very close to one another, you often have strong circulation in a thunderstorm or a tornado on your hands. These regions of rotation can be very subtle and hard to spot during weak tornadoes, and obvious during the most violent storms.
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This book was very difficult to put down once I started flipping the pages. Given this day and age of natural disasters, the material contained within is very informative, with lots of photographs to help identify various weather patterns. I like the way the natural occurrences are broken down by the season in which they are most likely to occur. Practical advise is given in easy and simple terms on what to do and what not to do in a given natural emergency. What I find most helpful is the way this book breaks down fact from truth on the various survival guidance we have been taught over time.
This book is a valuable resource that I will gladly add to my gift list as something someone probably does not already have in their library.