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Great Plains Weather

Kenneth F. Dewey

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Imprint: Bison Books
Published: 05/2019
Pages: 200
Subject: History
eBook ISBN: 9781496216335


The weather of the Great Plains is extreme and highly variable, from floods to droughts, blizzards to tornadoes. In Great Plains Weather Kenneth F. Dewey explains what makes this region's climate unique by presenting a historical climatology of extreme weather events. Beginning with tornadoes—perhaps the most formidable plains weather phenomena—he describes the climatology of these storms and discusses memorable tornadoes of the plains. As one of the storm chasers who travels the Great Plains in the spring and summer tracking severe weather, Dewey also shares some of his experiences on the road. Dewey then goes on to discuss famous blizzards, from the "School Children's Storm" of 1888 to more recent storms, along with droughts and floods. Precipitation, or the lack thereof, has long determined human activity in the region; exacerbated by the vagaries of climate change, it continues to have a significant economic and cultural impact on the people of the plains. Dewey's absorbing narrative is complemented by images of tornadoes, snowstorms, and flash floods that he amassed in forty years of climatological research.  


Kenneth F. Dewey is a professor of applied climate science at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He won the 2018 National Weather Association's Public Education Award.  


"Dewey's book contains information relevant in the wake of Nebraska's current emergency from widespread flooding and blizzard damage. . . . With this new book, NU's Center for the Study of the Great Plains and the University of Nebraska Press make another worthy contribution to the understanding of our region."—Omaha World-Herald

"Dr. Ken Dewey and the climate of the Great Plains go together like thunder and lightning in a summertime storm. When the public has weather questions, they seek meteorologists. When meteorologists have questions, they seek Ken Dewey. This book and this author are as good as it gets in the world of Midwest climatology."—Ken "Stormy" Siemek, chief meteorologist for KOLN/KGIN TV

"Kenneth Dewey captures the strength, power, and extremes of weather on the Great Plains in a book that you will not soon forget. If you have ever imagined or been in a storm that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up, you will want to read this book. If you want to learn more about what extreme weather changes are all about, you will want to read this book. Congratulations to Kenneth Dewey for capturing what weather on the Great Plains is all about."—Mike Johanns, former U.S. senator and governor of Nebraska