Extreme weather has the ability to leave us devastated, but with the easy-to-follow Extreme Weather Survival Manual you’ll be ready for anything Mother Nature throws at you. Dennis Mersereau and the editors of Outdoor Life magazine offer their life saving advice to help you survive blizzards, hurricanes, firestorms and much more.
As a weather reporter, it’s only natural that Dennis Mersereau is a self-proclaimed weather freak. Slate.com said of him, “Don’t mess with the Mersereau. He will find your weather fables and he will crush them . . . We need more Dennises. In fact, the National Weather Service itself should be run by Dennis, with each local office headed by a Dennis-like weather blogger tasked with explaining the relevant weather news of the day, and entertaining us when the weather is boring.” Luckily for you, he’s partnered with the outdoor experts at Outdoor Life to bring you the foolproof guide to surviving extreme weather.
From how to read the sky, to which of your grandma’s no-fail weather predicting tips actually work, to how to survive a Storm of the Century, this book has you covered. Filled with weird weather facts (what are those weird sounds under the snow and should you worry about them?) to hands-on survival hints (literally hands-on. Like, don’t lose your fingers to frostbite) to true tales of amazing survival, the Extreme Weather Survival Manual is the one book you need to weather any storm. With high-quality design, intricate detail, and a durable, wipe-clean flexicover with metallic corner-guards—this manual is the perfect gift!
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.