Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On This Date in 1948...

Lt. Ernie Fawbush and Lt. Robert Miller made the first accurate tornado forecast in modern history at Tinker, AFB, Oklahoma.
Miller (left) and Fawbush
There is a gripping account of how that forecast was made and its contribution to how weather scientists tamed (not "conquered") tornadoes in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather.
Want to read it today? It is available in ebook for both Kindle and Nook. Warnings has a 5-Star rating at both Barnes & Noble and Amazon. As one reviewer put it:

Smith skillfully makes this and other controversies seem not just important, but exciting. Meteorology, in his telling, has the same bare-knuckle energy we see in politics or sports. These battles, many of which Smith himself fought in, reveal how much of our modern, weather-safe lifestyle is contingent on personalities, and could have gone another way.
While weather forecasters often appear starchy and bland, Smith makes the weather into an urgent concern, and a remarkable victory. This story turns the weather into a quest, and meteorologists into the most unlikely heroes in recent literature.”
-Kevin Nenstiel
University of Nebraska
If you'd like to get a taste of the book, the first chapter is here.

Tornado season looks like it will begin this week. So, now is a great time to read Warnings. 

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