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Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather Hardcover – May 1, 2010
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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.
I initially purchased this book to get over a fear of tornadoes, thinking that the more you know about a subject, the better you are able to deal with it. I got more than I bargained for in the best way.
First of all, the author Mike Smith is a great writer. He weaves intricate stories with complex scientific ideas, multiple characters, and different places- all without being confusing or overly-technical. As someone without a strong scientific or meteorological knowledge base, I understood what was happening, why it was happening and what it meant both historically and to the people experiencing it.
The stories/chapters were well laid out and ordered so that each story built on what you had learned from the previous ones. Watching the evolution of technology, knowledge of the weather, and the people who did something with them was more interesting than any history class I've attended.
The stories about the towns, cities and people affected by the weather were straightforward without being heartless and touching without being saccharine. It imparted lessons without preaching. And it made me curious. I was constantly looking things up because I wanted to know more- about the storms, about the aftermath, about the technology and about the people.
To be quite honest it is the best book I've read in years. I couldn't put it down and read the whole thing in a day and a half. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting book where you can learn something too.
And people say that weather is boring...
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Mike Smith recounts the meteorology revolution of the last 50 years with a balance between technical details and readability found in very few books on the subject. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love this book. I learned of this book from Mike Smiths weather blog which is always full of interesting information. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nicole Jacobsen
A well written informative book, I will be using it as a source for a future research paper on storms.Published 8 months 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 11 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 13 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 14 months ago by AWA