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The Tornado Scientist: Seeing Inside Severe Storms

By: Mary Kay Carson

Robin Tanamachi has been captivated by tornadoes and extreme weather her entire life. When she realized people researched weather for a job, she was hooked. She now studies tornadogenesis, or how tornadoes form, and what causes them to get weaker versus strengthen. For her, driving around in a Doppler radar truck aiming towards storms is a normal day in the office. The data she collects is then modeled and studied on computers– with math, physics, and computer science working hand in hand with meteorology. At the end of the day, knowing exactly how, when, and where these violent storms happen can give more warning time for everyone involved.

Glossary. Online resources. Sources and selected bibliography. Index. Full-color photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9780544965829

JLG Release: Jul 2019

Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Robin Tanamachi , Tornadoes , Storms , Storm chasers , Meteorologists , Women scientists , Science , Meteorology , Weather patterns , Biography

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First Release

July 2019



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

9" x 11"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 5.8; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.5; Points: 5;


Level 850L


Print Book


Hardcover edition


Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Robin Tanamachi, Tornadoes, Storms, Storm chasers, Meteorologists, Women scientists, Science, Meteorology, Weather patterns, Biography,

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