The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

Category: Book
By (author): Blum, Andrew
Subject:  SCIENCE / Astronomy
  SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Meteorology & Climatology
  SCIENCE / Global Warming & Climate Change
  TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / History
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: June 2020
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.50in
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From The Publisher*

From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour of the infrastructure behind the weather forecast, the people who built it, and what it reveals about our climate and our planet

The weather is the foundation of our daily lives. It's a staple of small talk, the app on our smartphones, and often the first thing we check each morning. Yet behind these quotidian interactions is one of the most expansive machines human beings have ever constructed-a triumph of science, technology and global cooperation. But what is this ‘weather machine' and who created it? 

In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey through an everyday miracle. In a quest to understand how the forecast works, he visits old weather stations and watches new satellites blast off. He follows the dogged efforts of scientists to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere and traces the surprising history of the algorithms that power their work. He discovers that we have quietly entered a golden age of meteorology-our tools allow us to predict weather more accurately than ever, and yet we haven't learned to trust them, nor can we guarantee the fragile international alliances that allow our modern weather machine to exist.

Written with the sharp wit and infectious curiosity Andrew Blum is known for, The Weather Machine pulls back the curtain on a universal part of our everyday lives, illuminating our relationships with technology, the planet, and the global community. 

Review Quote*"[A] vivid account of the history and evolution of the modern daily forecast . . . [Blum] is a sharp analyst and engaging guide, adept at translating difficult concepts in meteorology and computer science for the uninitiated."
Review Quote*"Andrew Blum's new book, The Weather Machine, asks us to pause and marvel at the globe-spanning networks of collaboration required to turn the weather from something we experience to something we can predict."
Review Quote*"[Blum] takes a dive into the forecasts of today and how they've advanced from a dream espoused nearly 180 years ago ... Totally fascinating to anyone with even a passing interest in weather or technology, and it lays the groundwork for really appreciating just how good we have it today."
Review Quote*"Blum's study of what goes into predicting the weather is all the more interesting because it goes beyond the science to remind us that forecasts are the impressive result of painstaking international co-operation."  
Review Quote*"Impeccably researched."
Review Quote*"Blum does an excellent job of describing how meteorological theory and observation were first stitched together, and why even today their relationship is a stormy one ... [he] fancies his chances at explaining human-built hyperobjects in solid, clear language, without recourse to metaphor and poesy ... Impressive."
Review Quote*"With infectious curiosity and spirit, The Weather Machine is an engaging foray into the ingenuity that built the modern science of weather prediction."
Review Quote*"This fascinating book reveals the existence and origins of surely one of our species' greatest creations, and Andrew Blum is the perfect writer to share both the remarkable human stories and the astonishing technical wizardry behind it all."
Review Quote*"Andrew Blum is a master of revealing the hidden systems behind technologies we take for granted. In the "The Weather Machine," he takes on the daily forecast, and the result is deeply researched, tightly written, compulsively readable, and totally fascinating."