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The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

Written by Andrew Blum

Narrated by Greg Tremblay


The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

Written by Andrew Blum

Narrated by Greg Tremblay

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4/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
4 hours
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Released:
Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9780062798336
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Description

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 listeners 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jun 25, 2019
ISBN:
9780062798336
Format:
Audiobook

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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 Science, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times.


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  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)

    1 person found this helpful

    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.

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  • (5/5)
    Really engaging, and really informative. A real story with a plot and beloved characters!