Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters

Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters

Each year, at least 1,200 tornadoes batter the United States. While most occur in Tornado Alley a vast, weather-beaten swath of middle America in truth, tornadoes can occur almost anywhere. And where there are tornadoes, there are storm chasers. They come in all shapes and sizes, from hobbyists to researchers to professional chasers. There is one, however, who stands well above the rest: Roger Hill.

Hunting Nature’s Fury tells the story of Roger Hill and his love affair with storm chasin

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5 Responses to “Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters”

  • Thomas A. Howley, Jr. says:

    Review by Thomas A. Howley, Jr. for Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters
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    I strongly recommend Hunting Nature’s Fury to storm chasers and especially to those who want to know more about storm chasing and why they might want to also get out and try it.

    Hunting Nature’s Fury should definitely appeal to many readers for assorted ages and backgrounds.

    For those of us who know Roger Hill, and have chased with him, it should be no surprise that it reflects his unequaled passion for the joy of storm chasing. His well known enthusiasm comes through as he recounts his interesting background and especially as he relates a sampling of his assorted storm chasing adventures.

    The chasing stories in Hunting Nature’s Fury accurately reflect what chasers do when they chase storms and give a real sense of why we do it.

    It is a fast, entertaining and easy read for all.

    Way to go Roger!

  • Mark H. Rosengarten says:

    Review by Mark H. Rosengarten for Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters
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    I have been fortunate enough to be able to chase with Roger Hill over the last six years, and his enthusiasm and passion are as real as it gets. His depth of understanding of meteorological processes is surpassed only by his infectious ebullience whenever a storm approaches. This is the real deal, folks, the pure and unadulterated Roger. Ever see tornado footage on The Weather Channel? Chances are it’s his. This book describes his adventures so amazingly that you will feel that you are right alongside him as he is chasing. Do yourself a favor and keep your browser open to […] to see photos and video clips of the storms he is describing…it adds a whole new level to reading the book. If you like what you read, and have a passion for severe weather, consider taking a tour with Roger and Silver Lining Tours! It is the experience of a lifetime, one you will soon discover you cannot live without.

    How do I rate this book? In Roger’s own words…”It’s a MONSTER!!!!!!!”

  • Deborah Alice says:

    Review by Deborah Alice for Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters
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    After asking Roger Hill about his favorite storm chases one night at dinner, I, along with the rest of our diners, sat mesmerized as he vividly recounted his June 23, 2003 chase in South Dakota. It wasn’t just that the Roger Hill led tour group recorded 16 tornadoes, or that they saw several multivotex tornadoes or even that it included the largest tornado he’d ever seen – the Manchester, South Dakota F4 with winds over 200 mph – that made his recounting so memorable, but it was the passion and excitement he embodied as he recounted that chase day. Listening to him made you feel as if you were right there in that van along for the ride. Having witness over 400 tornadoes, if Roger’s greatest skill is finding the elusive twister in a sea of storms, then mastering the art of storytelling would be not far behind.

    How wonderful it is now to be able to read about that chase along with so many others in his book, “Hunting Nature’s Fury”. I found this book, co-written by Peter Bronski, to be a perfect blend of great storytelling and knowledge sharing about the science and history of thunderstorms, tornadoes, forecasting, and chasing. The stories are exciting and the science is delivered in an easily comprehendable form, including a useful glossary of weather terms and chasing slang.

    Whether you want to know what ingredients and processes are required for tornadoes to form, or learn fascinating facts about things like the largest hailstone ever recorded (1.67 pounds) or why the word tornado was offically banned from public broadcasts for 65 years, or be able to separate tornado myths (opening windows alleviates tornado pressure) from reality (fish have fallen from the sky), or to imagine what it’s like to chase storms with a stormchasing guru, then you’ll really enjoy reading this book….likely more than once.

  • Catherine M. Smith says:

    Review by Catherine M. Smith for Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters
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    Like other storm chasers, I have been eagerly waiting for Roger’s book for a long time. My copy arrived last week. Normally, I am a very slow reader but was so taken by this book that I completed it in a matter of hours. It was a thrill to read the many stories I’ve heard Roger tell over the years. Tears came to my eyes as I read chapter 9, for I was a part of that story. Anyone who wishes to read the book but has never chased will come away with a desire to hit the Plains with Roger. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested a) in chasing and/or b) tales of great adventures. You will not be sorry!

    Marie

  • Dr. Michaela Veh says:

    Review by Dr. Michaela Veh for Hunting Nature’s Fury: A Storm Chaser’s Obsession With Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and Other Natural Disasters
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    Those interested in tornadoes, and who have already seen some of the various video documentaries about storm chasers in the American prairies, have certainly heard of this author!

    Roger Hill is one of the best (if not the best) in his field, and in this very exciting book he tells us how he became who he is now: a storm chaser.

    The traumatic experience of the devastation of his parent’s home by an F5 tornado when he was 9 years old left a lasting impression on him. As a young adult it breaks through again and makes him begin to search for the storms, to drive towards them, to chase them.

    It is not only exciting but also fascinating to read how he describes his ever increasing obsession, which eventually causes complications in his personal and professional life.

    And naturally the storms, the tornadoes, are again and again in the center of his fast paced depiction.

    The need to share with others the incredible experience of untamed (and potentially very dangerous) nature, makes him turn his passion into his main occupation: for many years now he has been taking photographers and tourists like me to “Tornado Alley” from April to July and has now seen far more than 400 tornadoes.

    All this is the subject of his book, complete with some of his many thousand photos, which document the extraordinary beauty of the spectacle.

    An absolute must for everyone interested in untamed nature and in weather!

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