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.
A complete overview for anyone interested in learning and understanding more about how the weather works. New coverage for this edition includes information on storm tracking, updates on weather satellites and technology, and expanded information on extreme weather.
In a tumultous state that has annual tornadoes, blizzards, thunderstorms and heatwaves, Minnesotans have a natural interest in predicting the weather. Mike Lynch, the state's top weather forecaster, reveals the secrets to accurate forecasting, from dandelions to doppler.
This comprehensive text and reference work on numerical weather prediction covers for the first time, not only methods for numerical modeling, but also the important related areas of data assimilation and predictability. It incorporates all aspects of environmental computer modeling including an historical overview of the subject, equations of motion and their approximations, a modern and clear description of numerical methods, and the determination of initial conditions using weather observations (an important new science known as data assimilation).
Backpacker Magazine's Weather informs readers about how weather happens, how to predict and recognize weather patterns, identify cloud formations and know what they mean, develop weather awareness from basic meteorological concepts, and more. This handy pocket-sized guide is 96 pages, includes two popouts, and incorporates color photos, charts, and illustrations as needed throughout the interior.
BASIC ILLUSTRATED WEATHER FORECASTINGMichael Hodgson gives detailed lessons in recognizing shifts in weather patterns, understanding why they occur, identifying cloud formations, and mastering basic meteorological concepts.
Climatology or climate science is the study of climate, especially weather conditions over a long period of time. The concepts of climatology are used to analyze accumulated data for pattern recognition. Such recognized patterns are used to forecast weather. Recent advances in this field of science have given rise to a number of modern approaches in related areas of research such as paleoclimatology, historical climatology, etc. This book is a compilation of chapters that discuss the most vital concepts and emerging trends in the field of climatology and their application in weather forecasting. It is a complete source of knowledge on the present status of this important field. Easy to understand language and extensive use of examples makes this book an ideal reference text for students and researchers alike.
Weather and climate extremes can significantly impact the economics of a region. This book examines how weather and climate forecasts can be used to mitigate the impact of the weather on the economy. Interdisciplinary in scope, it explores the meteorological, economic, psychological, and statistical aspects of weather prediction. Chapters by area specialists provide a comprehensive view of this timely topic. They encompass forecasts over a wide range of temporal scales, from weather over the next few hours to the climate months or seasons ahead, and address the impact of these forecasts on human behavior. Economic Value of Weather and Climate Forecasts seeks to determine the economic benefits of existing weather forecasting systems and the incremental benefits of improving these systems, and will be an interesting and essential text for economists, statisticians, and meteorologists.