Sunday, March 3, 2013

Severe Weather Preparedness Week

Well, it's almost spring, which means it's Severe Weather Preparedness Week! There are many types of severe weather and here are some books on a few of them (no tornadoes-- they'll get their own day next week.)


Extreme Weather: A Guide To Surviving Flash Floods, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Snowstorms, Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters by Bonnie Schneider. This comprehensive guide explains the science behind extreme weather and what to do if you get caught in it. Schneider is a meterologist on CNN and HLN and works in her own experiences covering the weather, as well as interviewing other experts and surivivors.

The Children's Blizzard by David Laskin. In 1888, a giant and devastating blizzard swept across the country. Looking at the blizzard and the beginnings of weather warnings, this adult book will be enjoyed by older teens.

The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger. The 1991 Halloween Gale that hit the North Atlantic featured a rare combination of factors that, scientifically, made it the "perfect storm." But for those caught in the middle of it, especially on the open water, it was anything but.


Hurricane: A Novel by Terry Trueman. Jose survives the horrible devastation of Hurricane Mitch when it hits his Honduran village, but he is one of the few. Even worse than the hurricane is the recovery.

Their Eyes Were Watching God: A Novel by Zora Neale Hurston. Janie has had many men in her life, but one story comes to head in the middle of a devastating hurricane.

Trapped by Michael Northrup. When the blizzard hits, school is dismissed early, but seven kids still have to be picked up before the weather gets so bad that the roads are closed and their parents can't get there. The snow won't stop for another week, and it quickly becomes a question of survival.


Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale. In 1900, Seth's family has just moved to Galveston so Seth can go to a good school. Life in the new town is going well, until one day the sea comes in from all sides and it's total destruction.

Abandon by Meg Cabot. Hurricanes past and present are major forces driving this contemporary retelling of Persephone and Hades.

The Jumbee by Pamela Keyes. In this retelling of Phantom of the Opera, Esti is attending high school in Cariba, trying to make a name for herself outside of her famous father. A hurricane plays a crucial role in the gripping climax.

Tornadoes are coming later, but what are your must reads featuring severe weather?

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  1. BLIZZARD! The Storm that Changed America by Jim Murphy.

    Another take on the 1888 blizzard, but pitched younger. (Amazon says ages 8+ but I wouldn't give it to most 8 year olds?? Whatevs.)


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