Gaffney, Timothy R. Storm Scientist.
Enslow 2010 112p 31.93 978-0-7660-3050-3 ms/hs
Wild Science Careers
Meteorologists unravel the mysteries of lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, mountaintop weather, Arctic sea ice, Alaskan weather and global warming. Fact boxes, glossary, and amazing photographs provide a “you are there” approach. Will raise awareness of unique career opportunities Grades 6-12. Students looking for challenging careers in the out of doors will find six careers highlighted that are related to weather and global warming. Each chapter explores one career whether unraveling the mysteries of lightning, hurricanes, tornadoes, mountaintop weather, Arctic sea ice, or Alaskan weather. All relate their findings to potential effects of global warming. Fact boxes present facts about the phenomenon being studied as well as salary and educational background for the six meteorologists and scientists featured. Astonishing photographs, glossary words highlighted in the text, index and further reading will help answer questions of budding scientists. The interviews with the scientists create a “you are there” approach to career exploration. The passion displayed by the scientists for their field comes through in the writing. The excitement of the research is coupled with the mundane statistical analysis so as to give a realistic picture of the day-to-day life of a researcher studying weather related topics. Strongly suggested for middle and high school libraries as a first choice for career exploration classes. Lois McNicol