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"A well-known meteorologist and founder of WeatherData, Smith takes readers on a fast-paced account of the biggest storms in recent years and how weather forecasting has developed into a true science since the 1950s. Part memoir, part science account, Smith's tale begins in the late 1940s, when weathermen were actually forbidden to broadcast tornado warnings. The U.S. Weather Bureau blocked storm forecasting for fear of getting it wrong, just as today, according to Smith, the FAA has banned weather radios from airport control towers. He delivers a moment-by-moment account of the monster tornado that leveled Greensburg, Kans., in 2007 as well as a damning account of governmental incompetence in the leadup to Hurricane Katrina. But as Smith shows, scientists themselves can be close-minded and prevent their field from progressing: Smith recounts the struggle by Theodore Fujita, creator of the tornado severity scale, to see his findings on microbursts — which have killed hundreds of people in airline crashes — accepted by other scientists. This account of people who do something about the weather should appeal to just about anyone who enjoys talking about it. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Witness the most devastating storms of the last thirty years through the eyes of the visionaries who saw them coming.

An insider's perspective of the science and history of weather forecasting. For decades, the author has dedicated his life to saving lives by combining science, experience and instinct. The resulting narrative provides a fascinating window into the world of scientific investigation and its impact on all of us.

A gripping story-telling approach to major natural disasters. With the dramatic depth of Isaac's Storm, the author traces the Herculean effort to improve weather forecasting and advance warning systems. Warnings is narrative non-fiction at its heart-pounding best.

Fascinating biographical sketches of the most renowned meteorologists. The book depicts the personalities behind the breakthroughs, providing insights into the turbulent world of America's scientific establishment.

Synopsis:

Warnings - The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather tells the compelling, previously untold story of how the science of weather forecasting has become the most effective science at saving lives: More than cardiology, cancer research, or traffic safety. Thousands of lives are saved every year — at a very low cost to society.

Like The Right Stuff and Rocket Boys, Warnings is a work of narrative non-fiction a first-person backstory of those who have dedicated their lives to the science of storms and the creation life-saving storm warning technology. They have toiled largely in anonymity outside the scientific world, until now. This book tells their amazing, unexpected story.

Synopsis:

Experience the most devastating storms of the last fifty years through the eyes of the scientific visionaries who took them on and tamed them. Science and politics collide in this thrilling account of America's struggle for protection against the deadly threat of violent weather. Warnings tells the dramatic true stories of the unsung weather warriors who save innocent lives, often by risking their own.

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Vicki_Landes, February 24, 2011 (view all comments by Vicki_Landes)
Of all the things we take for granted, weather forecasting and severe weather warnings probably rank up near the top. We normally only notice – and complain – when forecasts are wrong; praise for accurate reporting just doesn’t happen. Meteorologist and author Mike Smith hopes to bring a more positive light to the criticized field of forecasting while exploring the history of weather warnings in his book, “Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather”.

“Warnings” is an intriguing look at the development of early warning systems and the difficulties in deciphering constantly-changing weather patterns. While many have the ability to write a book such as this, Mike Smith has the unique advantage of claiming, ‘But I’ve been a major player in its improvements!’ The book gives readers a firsthand account of some of the most disastrous storms of the last half century, showing Smith in the forefront of technological advances. Further, he describes early weather forecasting protocol and the surprising fact that at one time, forecasters were not supposed to give severe weather warnings! Smith goes on to detail lives lost in the government’s efforts to stay out of the warning business and his own struggle to overcome that political red tape. The inclusion of pictures further illustrated how important early warning systems are to life and property. The book ends on a positive note, giving the reader a sense of relief as he describes current warning practices while alluding to the fact that there are plenty of advancements yet to be made.

“Warnings” is the perfect read those with any level of interest in weather – from a healthy curiosity to a professional involvement; storm chasers and meteorologists alike will find it as informing as it is entertaining. As someone who has very recently earned her masters in emergency management, “Warnings” gave me plenty of alternative viewpoints to think about. For example, I’d never considered the ‘disconnect’ between a meteorologist’s warning and the political resistance of initiating action before it’s absolutely necessary (read: Hurricane Katrina). Normally it’s viewed as the emergency manager’s inability to get proactive support but in actuality that process starts as far back as the initial weather forecasts – that crucial step we take for granted.

“Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather” gives you a fresh perspective on the field of meteorology and the history of severe weather warnings. Smith has passion and a child-like fascination with weather which emanates from the pages. I absolutely loved how his obvious devotion to the subject came out in each and every sentence. Very enjoyable and educational read!

Vicki Landes, author of “Europe for the Senses – A Photographic Journal”
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Betty Gelean, August 21, 2010 (view all comments by Betty Gelean)
When I first requested this book for review, little did I know I would be reading it and beginning my review amidst forest fires, smoky air, and strong wind gusts! Weather has always fascinated me, not only because "everybody talks about the weather"!

"Warnings" is very easy to read for the layman. I was shocked to learn there were no tornado warnings as recently as the 1950s, in some areas of the U.S. much more recently. How many lives must have been lost needlessly in past years? Mike Smith has done his research, has lived his research, and knows how to deliver it. The book is historical, accurate, and personal. The Introduction hooked me, priming the reader for the main event, or in this case events, to come in this book.

Smith gradually builds from its early beginnings the study and workings of tornadoes in terms anyone can understand. The subject is fascinating as he writes it. The growth of knowledge, and the way that growth comes about is exciting and tragic at the same time. When the investigations turn to storm-chasing, the reader learns just how important this scientific information-gathering becomes, not just another daredevil stunt among adventure seekers.

I found the information on Dr. Fujita's methods and discoveries to be well explained and the ignorance of the official weather prognosticators in their cocooned refusal to accept his discoveries almost inevitable, yet unacceptable and disastrous. Neither pilots nor airport control staff were made aware of impending tornadoes, or "microbursts" (explained in the book) until very recently, a ruling referred to by Mike Smith as "bureaucratic myopia". This is nonfiction, but gave me the shivers in the same way as a fiction thriller would, especially reading of a very close call that was averted not by a weather warning, but because of a power outage at the airport just prior to a landing, causing the pilot to abort the landing.

Did you ever wonder how the newspapers got their weathermaps so up-to-date? Did you ever wonder how Doppler Radar came into being and how it works? These are questions I'd asked myself through the years and they are covered in this impressive book. This is not a large book, nor do you have to be a meteorologist or savant to read it. Nor does it deal exclusively with tornadoes. It is all written in simple language. There are a number of photos in the book. While this book deals mostly with the US, it is of global significance.

Not surprisingly, the most critical event in the book is Hurricane Katrina. We learn what can go wrong with the forecasts’ timely releases, what did go wrong and why, and how the meteorologists tried to get the evacuation process going while there was still time. The survivors were literally 'hung out to dry'. How many more could have survived if it weren't for the bureaucratic non-action? If bureaucracy hadn't fumbled the ball, the meteorological scientists would have netted it.

This is a fascinating book, full of suspense, telling it like it is, and a great learning experience without realizing just how much of what you read will stay with you. I highly recommend this book. One last tornado is included: Greensburg, a town that disappeared, but has risen again. As an added bonus, this book is interactive. There are symbols scattered throughout which direct readers to a website where they can find videos, related information, and more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781608320349
Author:
Smith, Michael Ray
Publisher:
Greenleaf Book Group
Author:
Smith, Michael
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
History
Subject:
Weather forecasting
Subject:
Meteorology -- History.
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
286
Dimensions:
9.76x5.66x.96 in. 1.25 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A well-known meteorologist and founder of WeatherData, Smith takes readers on a fast-paced account of the biggest storms in recent years and how weather forecasting has developed into a true science since the 1950s. Part memoir, part science account, Smith's tale begins in the late 1940s, when weathermen were actually forbidden to broadcast tornado warnings. The U.S. Weather Bureau blocked storm forecasting for fear of getting it wrong, just as today, according to Smith, the FAA has banned weather radios from airport control towers. He delivers a moment-by-moment account of the monster tornado that leveled Greensburg, Kans., in 2007 as well as a damning account of governmental incompetence in the leadup to Hurricane Katrina. But as Smith shows, scientists themselves can be close-minded and prevent their field from progressing: Smith recounts the struggle by Theodore Fujita, creator of the tornado severity scale, to see his findings on microbursts — which have killed hundreds of people in airline crashes — accepted by other scientists. This account of people who do something about the weather should appeal to just about anyone who enjoys talking about it. Photos." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Witness the most devastating storms of the last thirty years through the eyes of the visionaries who saw them coming.

An insider's perspective of the science and history of weather forecasting. For decades, the author has dedicated his life to saving lives by combining science, experience and instinct. The resulting narrative provides a fascinating window into the world of scientific investigation and its impact on all of us.

A gripping story-telling approach to major natural disasters. With the dramatic depth of Isaac's Storm, the author traces the Herculean effort to improve weather forecasting and advance warning systems. Warnings is narrative non-fiction at its heart-pounding best.

Fascinating biographical sketches of the most renowned meteorologists. The book depicts the personalities behind the breakthroughs, providing insights into the turbulent world of America's scientific establishment.

"Synopsis" by , Warnings - The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather tells the compelling, previously untold story of how the science of weather forecasting has become the most effective science at saving lives: More than cardiology, cancer research, or traffic safety. Thousands of lives are saved every year — at a very low cost to society.

Like The Right Stuff and Rocket Boys, Warnings is a work of narrative non-fiction a first-person backstory of those who have dedicated their lives to the science of storms and the creation life-saving storm warning technology. They have toiled largely in anonymity outside the scientific world, until now. This book tells their amazing, unexpected story.

"Synopsis" by , Experience the most devastating storms of the last fifty years through the eyes of the scientific visionaries who took them on and tamed them. Science and politics collide in this thrilling account of America's struggle for protection against the deadly threat of violent weather. Warnings tells the dramatic true stories of the unsung weather warriors who save innocent lives, often by risking their own.
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