Monday, January 24, 2011

Another 5-Star Review of "Warnings"

Just posted at Amazon...

The book reads more like a novel than a history book, starting from the author's own close call with a tornado during his childhood, and then focusing on the meteorologists who developed and implemented the storm forecasting techniques we use today. Towards the end of the book, the focus shifts from the history of the warnings system to explore an ongoing and frustrating paradox for meteorologists: warnings are becoming more and more accurate, but government officials in charge of saving lives fail to use the warnings properly, often with terrible results. As an example, the disastrous mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina's strike on New Orleans is explored in great detail, but without any of the annoying political finger-pointing that often comes with discussions of that disaster.

To summarize, I highly recommend this book.

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