Weather-savvy folks are aware that North Atlantic hurricanes have an officially-defined season: June 1 through November 30.  Most, but not all, hurricanes and tropical storms whirl to life within that 6-month period. There is, however, no counterpart for tornadoes. Twisters can and do spin up at any time of year with the threat peaking in…

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It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot recently, undoubtedly driven by the tornado tragedies in Oklahoma—-“So what’s with all the crazy weather? I don’t remember this kind of stuff happing before.” I suppose people think I should have the answers, being a retired meteorologist and now a novelist who features supercells, tornadoes and hurricanes…

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Beyond the one-line description of Supercell being “a fast-moving thriller set against tornado chasing on the Great Plains,” what the heck is the novel about? Here’s the “elevator pitch” for it (an “elevator pitch” means the author’s got only the duration of an elevator ride to pitch his/her book to an agent or publisher): Chuck…

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