Top positive review
"“The weather machine has to be a global system, and it won’t work any other way"
Reviewed in the United States on July 7, 2019
I’ve always been a bit of a science nerd and I remember that when I was a middle schooler I wanted to be a meteorologist. Then, I found out that there was a lot of math involved, so I had to change plans. But I’m still a weather junkie and couldn’t wait to read “The Weather Machine: a Journey Inside The Forecast” by Andrew Bloom.
We learn about how super computers to generate weather models that guide the preparation of forecasts. Models are continuously updated as actual data is added. It’s a fascinating look at How forecast relay on world wide measurements and sophisticated algorithms. Decades ago the ability to predict weather 48 hours ahead of time was largely a guess while the 1 week and 10 day forecasts are increasing in accuracy.
Governments of many nations have traditionally shared weather data that goes into these models, but Bloom shares his concerns that privatization puts future developments into jeopardy as well as what happens if governments no longer invest in measurements and the sharing of data.
If you are interested in the science...and politics....of weather, I'd recommend this book.
Memorable Quote: "The weather machine has to be a global system, and it won’t work any other way. At its heart is an equilibrium between the things nations do for themselves and the things they contribute to systems that supersede their borders. We are many countries, on one planet. "