In Other News: Tornadoes

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A look at a current news item through the lens of different titles available on GVRL.

By Michelle Eickmeyer

Spring. Millions of people around the country have been counting the minutes until spring, well, springs. But the yearly battle of warm, southern air to (finally!) unseat the cold northern air makes for some of the most dangerous weather. From as far north as Michigan and Ohio, through America’s heartland, this week has been the first of the 2014 tornado season.

Here are five titles that look at tornadoes from different perspectives:

Achieving Sustainability: Visions, Principles and Practices, 1st Edition. Gale, 2014.

Understanding the impact of life on the climate is ever evolving. This new two-volume title contains several topic overviews useful both before and after a tornado, including “Emergency Preparedness and Recovery” and “Community Planning and Development.”

Novels for Students, Vol. 42. Gale, 2013.

For many children, their first introduction to tornadoes is one viewed through the safety of their television screen as they watch a lost girl from Kansas explore an unknown and scary world in search for her happiness. Dorothy Gale, her friends and her foes have been a part of American culture well before the New Year’s day debut in 1939 or the Broadway play in 1902. Explore the writer of the 13 Oz books, L. Frank Baum in this Gale title. (For a bit of trivia, Baum’s given first name is Lyman.)

Twisters, 1st Edition. DK Publishing, 2011.

Looking for an easily understandable and appropriate way to explain tornadoes to kids, then this title is for you. Colorfully illustrated and told in story form, this DK title takes readers through a family’s experience and give an explanation of the weather causing tornadoes.

Weather America, 1st Edition. Grey House Publishing, 2011.

“They” say that the best way to predict the future is by looking into the past. Whether you subscribe to this philosophy or not, recent data, maps, tables, narratives and more, combined with a reader-friendly organization and style, provide all the stats your students and users need.

Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 1st Edition. Elsevier, 2007.

Are your undergraduates and researchers looking for more scientific information on what tornadoes “are”? This title from Elsevier the data they require and more than 1,900 illustrations, graphs and photographs to compliment the findings.



photoAbout the Author

Michelle is an “anytime!” traveler and language enthusiast. She has degrees in talking from Central Michigan and Michigan State University. She is currently becoming a runner and used to play golf in high school.


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