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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. (May)
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Mike Smith is one of the world's experts in the application of weather science. Meteorologist, entrepreneur, and inventor (recipient of 18 U.S. and foreign patents), Mike works with some of North America's most important companies to save lives and property and creates technology to warn the general public of dangerous weather. Warnings is Mike's first book. He tells, from a first-hand perspective, the story of the creation of the storm warning system that saves so many lives.
A well written, fast read about the development and implementation of modern tornado science. It will make you scramble for your phone to download their warning app!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
We admire Mike very much. He was a weather reporter on a local TV station several years ago and we watched him a lot nPublished 2 months ago by Arlan W. Anglemyer
Mike Smith will take you through the history of how the current warning system came to be what it is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nick Panico III
Tornado warning system is timely, accurate, and with the highly technology, it can reach every people by every effort (like text, email). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yuting, Sun
The combination of a career autobiography and the evolution of the weather warning system makes this book unique and a fun read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vinny Sox
I read all the severe weather books I can get my hands on, and have never been disappointed by Mike's work. Another good one. Enjoyed this, and learned some things.Published 8 months ago by David Drobny
Interesting read. Maybe a little too much self-promotion by the author, but still a good read and an interesting story about the technologies that help forecast tornadoes,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Non-Fiction Focused Reader