The TV world already has ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” (just retired) and TLC’s “Extreme Makeover.” CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider loves what she terms “extreme weather.”
Schneider, who joined CNN in 2005, wanted to create a book featuring stories from survivors of extreme weather: tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, heat waves, snowstorms, et. al. She pitched the idea to various publishing companies. Though she is a CNN regular, she is hardly a household name.
So she refined the concept so her book “Extreme Weather” became more of a how-to book, a news-you-can-use manual to prepare for extreme weather. (It came out Jan. 31.)
Survivor stories are merely a part of the book including stories of folks who made it through a 2010 Mississippi tornado, Hurricane Katrina or the Thailand tsunamis.
“I wrote this as a survival guide for families,” she said.
She included a chapter on how to use social media during emergencies. And a chapter is focused on what to have for your pets in case something awful happens.
A Long Island native (who graduated down the street at a rival high school from mine in 1987), Schneider started in broadcast news in Lake Charles, La., where she became interested in weather.
From there, she took the typically peripatetic path of a broadcast news veteran: North Carolina, Boston, Miami, New York, Long Island, then CNN here in Atlanta.
Macmillan nabbed the book idea and has given her plenty of support, including a national book tour. Her books are in Paradis Shops in airports and she is getting “front of store” promotion for Barnes & Noble.
Bonnie Schneider signs copies of ‘Extreme Weather”
2 p.m. Saturday. Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N. Decatur Rd. Decatur. 404-486-0307 , www.eagleeyebooks.com.
By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk