Tying Down The Wind

Version: Unabridged
Author: Eric Pinder
Narrator: Patrick Cullen
Genres: Science & Technology, Animals & Nature
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: February 2002
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 10 hours, 6 minutes
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Where can you find the worst weather on earth? The surprising answer in Tying Down The Wind is: everywhere. You don't need to climb Mount Everest or voyage to the icy desert of Antarctica to witness both the beauty and the destructiveness of weather. The same forces are at work in your own backyard.

Whether you fly a kite in a soft summer breeze or shovel snow after a January blizzard, the dynamics of wind and weather remain the same. Eric Pinder, certified observer at Mount Washington Meteorological Observatory, takes listeners on a voyage of discovery through the atmosphere, a swirling ocean of air that surrounds and sustains life. The journey begins in a sunny New England woodlot and ends atop the polar ice of Antarctica—where we learn, remarkably, that the two extremes are not so different after all.

What triggers changes in the weather? How are tornadoes, thunderstorms, heat waves, and blizzards all related? Tying Down The Wind supplies the answers and invites you to experience the excitement of the world's worst weather in the comfort of your own home.

Reviews (1)

Trying down the wind

Written by Anonymous from Visalia, CA on August 17th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Intriguing and exciting. Liked it very much. Weather is interesting, whether you're caught in it or study it.

Author Details

Author Details

Pinder, Eric

Eric Pinder first learned to love weather and mountains in his hometown of Cobleskill in upstate New York, where as a child he watched the stars and lunar eclipses with a toy telescope. After graduating from Hampshire College, Pinder began his writing career when he published a travel guide to Maine's Baxter State Park. In the spring of 1995, he started work at the Mount Washington Observatory. As a weather observer Pinder most often took the morning shift, waking at 4:30 to prepare the radio forecasts. He wrote three books during his time at the Observatory, and for two years edited Windswept, the Observatory's membership magazine. He also led "Understanding Mountain Weather" guided hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Pinder left the Observatory in 2002 to pursue his writing more fully. He became interested in children's literature, and his book Cat in the Clouds, based on the adventures of the Observatory's cat Nin, comes out in May 2009 from History Press. Pinder continues to live in Berlin, New Hampshire, and teaches Nature Writing and Writing for Children at Chester College of New England. His previous books are a first edition of Life at the Top (Down East Books, 1997), Tying Down the Wind: Adventures in the Worst Weather on Earth (Tarcher/Putnam, 2000), North to Katahdin (Milkwood Editions, 2005), and Among the Clouds: Work, Wit and Weather at the Mount Washington Observatory (Alpine Books, 2008).