• May 1, 2010
  • Nature
  • $24.95
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9781608320349
  • Trim: 6in × 9in


The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather

Michael Smith

Pushing the boundaries of scientific knowledge, these unsung heroes save countless individuals from the violent rampages of the natural world.

From the heart of tornado valley, Mike Smith takes us into the eye of Americas most devastating storms and behind the scenes of some of the worlds most renowned scientific institutions to uncover the relationship between mankind and the weather. The struggle to understand natures fury provides fascinating insights into the forces that shape our world and the turbulent politics that often influence our scientific establishment.

For decades, the author, a pioneering meteorologist, has dedicated himself to saving lives by combining science, experience, and instinct. This is much more than an academic exercise. Time and again, the author—like others in his field—has relied on his own judgment and experience to make the right call when the stakes were highest and peoples livers were on the line.

Tracing the never-before-told story of the Herculean effort to create the national weather warning system, the author draws fascinating biographical sketches of the scientific visionaries behind the breakthroughs, such as Dr. Theodore Fujita, creator of the Fujita Scale for tornado measurement.

With its gripping narrative accounts of major natural disasters, Warnings is far from the average science book. Its a human story—both a heart-pounding read and an insightful sketch of those heroes who save thousands of lives every year.

Mike Smith is one of the world's experts in the application of weather science. Meteorologist, entrepreneur, and inventor (recipient of 18 U.S. and foreign patents), Mike works with some of North America's most important companies to save lives and property and creates technology to warn the general public of dangerous weather. Warnings is Mike's first book. He tells, from a first-hand perspective, the story of the creation of the storm warning system that saves so many lives.