BOOK REVIEWS STORMCHASERS: TH E HURRICANE HUNTERS AN D THEIR FATEFUL FLIGHT INT O HURRICANE JANET David Toomey, 2002, 314 pp., $25.95, hardbound, W. W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-02000-2 t 0630 local time on 26 September 1955, volvements. Mercifully, Eisenhower-era decorum and Snowcloud Five, a U.S. Navy P2V weather re- the passage of time preclude this option, but Aconnaissance airplane, rose from the runway at Stormchasers' follows the formula in most other re- Guantanamo, Cuba, and flew beyond the southern spects. Toomey has done his homework on the P2V horizon toward Hurricane Janet, 300 nautical miles aircraft and hurricane reconnaissance generally. He away. During the next two hours, Grady Norton's captures the culture and nuances of multiengine, forecasters at the Hurricane Forecast Center in Mi- land-based naval aviation. His imagined account of ami received five routine coded weather reconnais- the start of Snowcloud Five's final sance observations. Plain language remarks at the end flight recreates the aircrew's routine ^^wJfc of the last report indicated that the aircraft was be- as they flew through the luminous ginning a low-level penetration to Janet's center. trade wind sky across the Caribbean There was a sixth garbled transmission, more or less to the tempest
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Feb 1, 2003
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