The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

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HarperCollins, Jun 25, 2019 - Science - 288 pages

For readers of The Secret Life of Trees and Tom Vanderbilt’s Traffic, a positive forecast about weather and those who report on it

The Weather Machine chronicles Andrew Blum’s exploration of the world of weather and the people who watch it. Drawing on the immersive tradition of John McPhee, the first-person explanatory science reporting of Mary Roach and Elizabeth Kolbert, the intellectual explorations of James Gleick and Jim Holt, and the unique travelogue of Blum’s own first book, Tubes, Blum takes readers on a journey deep into the weather report. He visits some of the world’s most far-off weather stations and watches the newest satellites blast off. He explores the dogged efforts of computational forecasters to create a living supercomputer model of the atmosphere by dialing in tens of thousands of constantly shifting variables. And he dives inside the weather app on your phone to see how the cloud in the sky becomes the cloud on your screen.

 

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User Review  - nmele - LibraryThing

A brief and fairly light history of weather observation and weather forecasting. The most valuable part of the book, imho, was the final bit about the IMO. Read full review

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An interesting read about a topic everyone seems to be interested, depends upon, and references daily. It was refreshing to enjoy the book without the topic being “politicized” as everything seems to be these days. Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Andrew Blum is a journalist and the author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, the first book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the Internet. Tubes has been translated into ten languages, and has become a crucial reference for journalists, politicians, and entrepreneurs eager to understand how the Internet works. Blum’s writing about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel has appeared in numerous publications, including Wired, Popular Science, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.

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