7.16.2007

Book Review: Storm Warning



Storm Warning: The Story of a Killer Tornado by Nancy Mathis

As someone who has lived her whole life in the Midwest, I have a love/hate relationship with tornadoes, but I've always been fascinated by them (and confess that Twister is a guilty pleasure movie).

This is a fantastic non-fiction work about the F-5 tornado that ripped through Oklahoma on May 3, 1999, chronicling the storm, the aftermath, and the stories of both victims and survivors. Mathis also does a great job of incorporating the history of weather prediction in the US, profiles people like Ted Fujita and Gary England, and weaves threads backwards and forwards in time, making it all into one cohesive retelling of one of the biggest tornadoes in history.

Very well written, interesting, gripping non-fiction reading! Recommended!

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