Dan Cohan, Ph.D., Rice University, and Coert Voorhees (multi-volume series)

A diverse group of budding scientists joins a kooky professor on a rollicking adventure into the data behind hurricanes past, present, and future. The first in a series of children’s books on climate and weather phenomena, in collaboration with Rice University.

Six Foot Press
Publication date: 05/19/2020

40 pages
Fully illustrated throughout
11.5 x 9” (HxW)


The Storm Wranglers are an elementary school science fair powerhouse, a diverse team of budding scientists mentored by an eccentric climate scientist who sees in them hope for the future of humanity and the planet. Using scientific data to travel through time and space, these brilliant youngsters witness firsthand the effects of the earth’s changing climate.

Motivated by the effects of Hurricane Harvey on their families and their city, the Houston-based team has chosen hurricane science as the subject of their latest project. At the behest of their advisor, Mr. Kim, the team joins forces with the eccentric climate scientist Dr. Daniela Carter. With Dr. Carter’s help, they dive directly into the historical scientific data and travel all the way back to Galveston’s Great Storm of 1900, which is still the deadliest and costliest storm in United States history.

After observing the storm and its destructive effects firsthand, they use present-day climate data to model what the Great Storm of 1900 might have looked like in today’s environment. After some analysis, they apply the same modeling techniques to 2017’s Hurricane Harvey, comparing the actual storm with a model of what Harvey might have looked like had the sea levels, the global average temperature, and the ocean surface temperature been at the projected levels of the year 2100. Along the way, they observe how hurricanes are formed, hypothesize how various factors might influence the storms’ destructive power, and reach conclusions about the potential effects of our changing climate on the hurricanes of the future.

Storm Wranglers is written in collaboration with Professor Daniel Cohan, Ph.D., Rice University’s leading atmospheric scientist, and contains four pages of nonfiction back matter that explores in greater detail the scientific concepts covered in the story. Standards-aligned educational resources, such as lesson plans, experiments, and other activities, will be developed in collaboration with the Rice University Office of K12 STEM Engagement.


Daniel Cohan is an atmospheric scientist and an Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering at Rice University. He has written over 40 scientific publications, dozens of columns in popular media, and an elementary school curriculum about air pollution. A graduate of Harvard University and Georgia Tech, Dr. Cohan served as a Fulbright Scholar to Australia and was a recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award. Dr. Cohan has ridden out three hurricanes in Houston, but prefers calmer pastimes with his two kids.

Coert Voorhees is the author of the novels ON THE FREE (2017), IN TOO DEEP (2013 Junior Library Guild Selection), LUCKY FOOLS (2012 Junior Library Guild Selection), and THE BROTHERS TORRES (2009 ALA Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults). He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston, and he is the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship in the translation of Chilean theatre as well as fellowships from Houston Arts Alliance and Rice University, where he served as Visiting Writer in Residence. Coert is also is the creator of the multi-platform educational concept Grammaropolis, a story-based approach to teaching grammar and writing. His illustrated books for children include STORM WRANGLER and the MEET THE PARTS OF SPEECH series. He sits on the Boards of Inprint Houston and the Henry Strong Education Foundation, and he lives with his family in Houston, Texas. Visit Coert’s website at www.coertvoorhees.com.