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Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

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Whether it is used as an icebreaker in conversation or as the subject of serious inquiry, “the weather” is one of the few subjects that everyone talks about. And though we recognize the faces that bring us the weather on television, how government meteorologists and forecasters go about their jobs is rarely scrutinized. Given recent weather-related disasters, its time we find out more. In Authors of the Storm, Gary Alan Fine offers an inside look at how meteorologists and forecasters predict the weather.

Based on field observation and interviews at the Storm Prediction Center in Oklahoma, the National Weather Service in Washington, D.C., and a handful of midwestern outlets, Fine finds a supremely hard-working, insular clique of professionals who often refer to themselves as a “band of brothers.” In Fines skilled hands, we learn their lingo, how they “read” weather conditions, how forecasts are written, and, of course, how those messages are conveyed to the public. Weather forecasts, he shows, are often shaped as much by social and cultural factors inside local offices as they are by approaching cumulus clouds. By opening up this unique world to us, Authors of the Storm offers a valuable and fascinating glimpse of a crucial profession.

About the Author

Gary Alan Fine is professor of sociology at Northwestern University and the author of numerous books, including Everyday Genius: Self-Taught Art and the Culture of Authenticity; With the Boys: Little League Baseball and Preadolescent Culture; and Shared Fantasy: Role-Playing Games as Social Worlds, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

 

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Introduction

1          On the Floor

2          A Cult of “Science”

3          Futurework

4          Writing on the Winds

5          Ground Truth

6          A Public Science

7          Weather Wise

 

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226249520
Author:
Fine, Gary Alan
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
Meteorology
Subject:
Weather
Subject:
Weather forecasting
Subject:
Earth Sciences - Meteorology & Climatology
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Meteorologists - Psychology
Subject:
Weather forecasting - Methodology
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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