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Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weatherby Michael Ray Smith
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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.)
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.
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.
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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