By John Farndon
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29 GLOSSARY amateur: A person who does something for fun or as a hobby. core punching: Driving a car or truck into the center of a thunderstorm. doctorate: An advanced degree given by a university to someone who, after graduating from college, spends several years or more studying a certain subject. Doppler radar: A special type of radar that can indicate wind direction and speed. enhanced: Made better or stronger. funnel cloud: A spinning column of air that does not touch the ground. gust: A short, strong burst of wind.
New York: Abrams, 2007. Stanley, Ed. Storm Chasers. Parsippany, NJ: Celebration Press, 2006. com This website posts dramatic pictures for people interested in tornadoes. html From the Discovery Channel, a website all about storm chasers. com/tornadoes The “All About Tornadoes” page of this website includes both information and pictures. gov This website of the National Severe Storms Laboratory includes a great deal of helpful information for students thinking about pursuing a degree in meteorology.
This can help scientists who are storm chasers get to the right place at the right time. Many people who are amateur storm chasers belong to the National Association of Storm Chasers and Spotters (NASCAS). Twister A lot of people found out about storm chasing when the movie Twister came out in 1996. It is a fictional story about storm chasers. It’s an exciting movie with lots of action scenes. But most real storm chasers don’t think the movie gives a very accurate picture of storm chasing. They think it shows storm chasers doing foolish and dangerous things, like trying to drive into the path of a tornado.
1000 Things You Should Know About Modern History by John Farndon