By Holly Bailey
“A gripping, heartbreaking and heartwarming account of the monster twister that ravaged Moore, Oklahoma in 2013.”
--Daniel James Brown, no 1 NY Times bestselling writer of The Boys within the Boat
An acclaimed reporter returns to her homeland after the worst tornado on list and emerges with a suspenseful tale of human braveness within the face of usual catastrophe.
Holly Bailey grew up dreaming of changing into a typhoon chaser. as a substitute, she turned Newsweek’s youngest ever White residence correspondent, touring to warfare zones with Presidents Bush and Obama. yet not anything ready her for what she may quickly locate again domestic. On might 20, 2013, the worst twister on list landed an instantaneous hit at the small city of Moore, destroying colleges whereas the youngsters cowered within. Bailey went again either as a journalist and a native land woman, chatting with the lecturers who placed their lives in danger to avoid wasting their scholars, the weathermen extra respected than rock stars and extra tormented than they permit on, and lots of shell-shocked citizens. In The Mercy of the Sky Bailey does for the Oklahoma flatlands what Sebastian Junger did for Gloucester, Massachusetts, in The ideal Storm, telling a dramatic, page-turning tale a few city that needs to live to tell the tale the elements—or die.
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Extra resources for The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado
Knessl so we write (a + 1) S(L) (361) P¯ n(0) (L) = κ(ε) n! where κ is a constant and S(L) is an arbitrary function of L. To determine S and κ we use asymptotic matching to the expansion valid for m = L − O(1) and 0 < y < a. We thus expand (75) as y ↓ 0 and compare the result to the behavior of (361) as n → ∞. From (76) we get n 1 4a 2 + 1 − 1 (362) 2 and from (77) F (y) + log y → log (1 + a) as y → 0, so that F (y) ∼ −1/y and D(0) = F(y) = F(0) − y log y + y + y log(1 + a) + o(y). (363) Therefore, as y = εn → 0, e F(y)/ε ∼ e F(0)/ε (εn)−n en (1 + a)n .
From (84) we obtain √ 3/2 1/4 √ 2 4a + 1 + 1 4a 2 + 1 2a G 1 (x) ∼ √ √ 2 a−x 4a + 1 + 1 − 2a 1/4 4a 2 + 1 , √ 4a 2 + 1 − 2a a 3/2 =√ a−x and √ 2a 5/2 8a 2 + 2a + 1 1 G 1 (x) ∼ , x − X 0 (a) (4a + 1)3/2 x → a, (229) x → X 0 (a). (230) We note that G1 has singularities in both of these limits. We next consider the region L2 , where a − x = O(ε) (hence m = N − O(1)) and 0 < y < a. On this scale we set p(m, n) = P(x, y) = Q¯ L (y) (231) and (8) becomes (1 + ay − εL) Q¯ L (y) = Q¯ L (y − ε) + [a + ε(1 − L)] Q¯ L−1 (y) + (y + ε) Q¯ L (y + ε) (232) for L 0, with Q¯ −1 ≡ 0.
2 ∂y However from (141) we have exp( x ) ≡ 1/(1 − Aeτ ) and exp( ueτ ) so that the general solution of (161) has the form M=√ e−τ y) (161) = 1/(1 − L(u) J −1/2 . √ − A e−τ − u (162) This expresses M in terms of (u, τ ), up to an arbitrary function of u, and yields (40) up to (42). The function L(u) will be determined by asymptotic matching in Section 4. For the matching we need to know the behavior of J as (x, y) → (a, a). From (41) we see that J ∼ τ J0 (u), τ → 0, J0 (u) = 2a + 1 − a(2a + 1) 4a + 1−u (1 − u)2 (163) and hence the Jacobian vanishes near the upper corner, indicating a singularity in the mapping (43) between Cartesian and ray coordinates.
The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado by Holly Bailey