National Geographic : 2004 Aug
Forum Chasing Tornadoes So if you are a tornado chaser, you get to mesh scientific explo ration with the art of photogra phy while driving really fast with the adrenaline surging as you try to survive one of Earth's most powerful destructive forces? I think I know what I want to be when I grow up. DAVID H. PANASCI Jamesville, New York I grew up in Tornado Alley and well remember the very early days of severe-storm forecasting. I also remember the terror of awakening in the middle of the night to the roar of a nearby tor nado or those really loud and scary warning sirens. I hate to think of vital research possibly being curtailed because there are too many thrill seekers clogging the roads for scientists to be able to safely conduct important FOR MORE INFORMATION To get NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800-NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800 -548-9797. The magazine's website: nationalgeo graphic.com/magazine For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publications research. For those of you who think tornadoes are such a lot of fun, I suggest you go live in a mobile home in Oklahoma City. Find shelter with your kids screaming in terror as a half mile-wide F4 roars down your street. That should provide sufficient thrill. Don't take my words too personally-I feel the same way about the idiots in this part of the country who head for the beach to go surfing whenever hurricane warnings are up. KATE PAYNE Houston, Texas FROM OUR ONLINE FORUM nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0404 Over the course of my many years living in southern Califor nia, I have frequently been asked why I would want to live in earthquake country. After view ing the pictures in the tornadoes article and seeing the total de struction of Manchester, South Dakota, I think I might ask the same question of those who live in Tornado Alley. Give me an earthquake any day of the week over that terror. PAUL MYERS Claremont, California Several years ago en route from Atlanta to Austin, my husband NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * AUGUST 2004 , OAL April 2004 PriitJ. Vesilind and Carsten Peter's cover story on "ChasingTornadoes" generatedplenty of mail. That's not much of a surprise:Over the years stories about naturaldisasters have ranked high with NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC readers.Our story about the eruption of Mount St. Helens in the January 1981 issue remains the single most popular article since we began surveying readersin 1977. ?:: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C ., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. 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