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Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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Considered a pioneer in the field of applied meteorology, Smith's development of the color radar literally "colored the weather," He was one of the nation's first storm chasers. After receiving his meteorology degree from the top-ranked university for severe storm research, the University of Oklahoma, he worked as a television meteorologist in major markets, including St. Louis, Oklahoma City, and Wichita. During his time in television, Smith became the first person ever to telecast a tornado live, demonstrating the ruthlessness Mother Nature can bring.
In 1981, Smith founded WeatherData Services, Inc., a company credited with saving countless lives and preventing hundreds of millions of dollars in property losses. WeatherData's client list includes most of the major companies and organizations throughout North America.
As a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Smith received the prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology for his work in severe weather warnings and newspaper weather displays. WeatherData and its parent company, AccuWeather, have both been recipients of the AMS's Award for Outstanding Services to Meteorology by a Corporation. With 15 patents in the field of weather, emergency management, search-and-rescue, Smith is the only individual in applied meteorology to have received this level of recognition and honor.
In addition to his work at WeatherData, he is a frequent speaker and author of both popular and technical weather-related articles. he has appeared on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Fox Business News, Today, NBC Nightly News, CBS Evening News and numerous other media outlets and is the author of the weather blog, meteorologicalmusings.blogspot.com
To inquire about booking Mike Smith as a keynote speaker for your event, please go to www.mikesmithenterprises.com or call (316) 204-9969 and ask for kim Dugger, Director of Marketing, Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC.
Top Customer Reviews
Mike Smith grew up at precisely the right time to become an intimate part of the revolution in weather analysis and forecasting that, outside the public eye, surged through this country. He writes of the efforts of weather scientists who not only did the research that allowed accurate forecasts of severe weather but took the steps to create a warning system that meant scores of Americans didn't die in their beds each year as their houses blew up around them in tornadoes. It is a story of creativity and determination fighting bureaucracy and of humanity at its best as ad hoc teams formed between meteorologists who had learned to forecast severe storms and TV and radio broadcasters who had enough foresight and willingness to come up with new and faster ways to get word to the people that bad things were about to happen in their world and how to protect themselves.Read more ›
And not only tornado forecasting, these men & women have made the skies safer for airline passengers and developed better warning and tracking systems for hurricanes. This book is a wonderful, informative and at times, jaw-dropping read. Highly recommended.
'Warnings' is higly educational, but it reads nothing like a textbook. The writing is engaging and entertaining from cover to cover. Even if you're not yet convinced to buy it for yourself, if you know anyone with an interest in the weather, get it for them as a gift. If you're lucky, they'll let you read it when they're done.
Mike Smith has managed to mix childhood memories, science, battles with bureaucracy and thrilling stories of the power of nature . . . all in one solid read. I loved it!
He takes the reader full circle in a true story that begins with his experience smack dab in the middle of the Ruskin Heights tornado at the age of 5, and then, back to the anniversary of that tragic event where lives were lost. But that's just the perimeter of all that makes "Warnings" a great book.
Though many events in "Warnings" portray a visual sense of death and despair, Mike also lets you experience the flip side. The side that celebrates the same events that occur where lives were saved. This, only after meteorologists were finally "allowed" to warn people of imminent danger.
But, this isn't just another book about a series of tornadoes that blasts through the heartland, where Mike is from.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A well written informative book, I will be using it as a source for a future research paper on storms.Published 1 month ago by i have book wealth
This book is a great teaching tool. One can learn much about the history of severe weather prediction, including the technological developments, the reporting progression, and the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pangur Ban
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 6 months 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 7 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 11 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 11 months ago by Yuting, Sun