The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast
The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast

by Andrew Blum

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From the acclaimed author of Tubes, a lively and surprising tour through the global network that predicts our weather, the people behind 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 all these humble interactions is the largest and most elaborate piece of infrastructure human beings have ever constructed—a triumph of both science and global cooperation. But what is the weather machine, and who created it?

In The Weather Machine, Andrew Blum takes readers on a fascinating journey through the people, places, and tools of forecasting, exploring how the weather went from something we simply observed to something we could actually predict. As he travels across the planet, he visits some of the oldest and most important weather stations and watches the newest satellites blast off. He explores the dogged efforts of forecasters to create a supercomputer model of the atmosphere, while trying to grasp the ongoing relevance of TV weather forecasters.

In the increasingly unpredictable world of climate change, correctly understanding the weather is vital. 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 changing relationships with technology, the planet, and our global community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062368645
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 76,676
File size: 889 KB

About the Author

Andrew Blum's writings about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel have appeared in numerous publications, including Metropolis, where he is a contributing editor; Wired; Newsweek; the Wall Street Journal; the New Yorker; the New York Times; Vanity Fair; BusinessWeek; Slate; and Popular Science. He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I 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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The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I absolutely loved The Weather Machine. Not only did Blum discuss super interesting issues in relation to the global weather machine, he did so in a way that was entertaining and fun to read. I feel like I have a much better sense of how the global meteorological system developed and currently functions. If you want to learn more about how the forecast makes it to your phone, I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Blum’s "Tubes," changed my interaction with the internet. Now with "The Weather Machine," Blum has given me a more nuanced appreciation of long range weather prediction and how to interpret the data on my weather apps. Now I make informed multiple daily decisions about the practical impact of the weather on how I plan days in advance and what I wear when I move about today. "The Weather Machine" is a great narrative of the history of the development of today’s models and makes the case for the premise of a collaborative worldwide enterprise that uses amazing amounts of data, modeling long range forecasts and continuously adjusting the model based on what weather actually occurred.
Anonymous 10 months ago
The Weather Machine is an interesting and lively book about the history of weather prediction and how we got to where we are today. It changed my way of thinkIng about the daily forecast. I recommend it to anyone who worries about the weather, talks about the weather, or is influenced by the weather: pretty much all of us!