The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

by Andrew Blum

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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.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432870058
Publisher: Gale, A Cengage Company
Publication date: 11/06/2019
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 ScienceVanity Fair, and the New York Times.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part 1 Calculation 9

1 Calculating the Weather 11

2 The Forecast Factories 31

Part II Observation 43

3 The Weather on Earth 45

4 Looking Down 61

5 Going Around 81

6 Blasting Off 93

Part III Simulation 109

7 The Mountaintop 111

8 The Euro 121

9 The App 145

10 The Good Forecast 157

Part IV Preservation 163

11 The Weather Diplomats 165

Acknowledgments 183

Notes 185

Selected Bibliography 197

Index 199

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