Looking Up

Looking Up: The True Adventures of a Storm-Chasing Weather Nerd by Matthew Cappucci

Matthew Cappucci, meteorologist and storm chaser, shares his lifelong fascination with the weather in this compelling memoir. Readers will be caught up in Cappucci’s adventures as he experiences and clearly explains all kinds of weather events. A precocious weather nerd, he gave a presentation to the American Meteorological Society at age 15, and created an atmospheric sciences major at Harvard, including classes at M.I.T. At 25, he currently holds at least three jobs reporting on the weather. His recent article in the Washington Post describes unseasonably cold October weather in the Eastern U.S., complete with colorful maps and charts. As Cappucci, well equipped with a hail cover for his windshield, a hard hat and safety goggles, carefully plots paths of potential tornadoes or travels to Alaska or North Dakota for the northern lights, her shares plenty of interesting information on meteorology, vividly described. He is enthusiastic about all kinds of weather (and his beloved Waffle House), and it’s infectious. If, like me, you viewed the August 2017 solar eclipse from partly cloudy Woodridge, well outside the path of totality, Cappucci is likely to inspire you to travel about 150 miles south or southeast to view the April 2024 solar eclipse.

Brenda

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