Book Reviews

"In Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather, Mike Smith takes readers on a literary field trip exploring the history of the Severe Weather Warning system from the days of Tornadoes that went unnoticed on the plains to the Greensburg disaster. As a pilot and weather buff, I had no idea how antiquated the National Weather Service and Federal Aviation Administration were. Mike Smith describes in detail his friendship with Mr. Fujita, for whom the Fujita Scale of rating tornadoes was named. He picked a few historic weather events in order to show how the events unfolded in addition to interjecting how modern technology could have saved lives/property. This book is an amazing read and my copy has already been lent around many times. I have the luck of living in Wichita and had the opportunity to meet Mike Smith at a local book store where he personalized my copy and shared his knowledge." Latest Amazon review by WSUSHOX22

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".... Sometimes grandparents give too much, others can give nothing....give the grandchildren something that will spur their interest in the future, make their minds expand and wonder beyond ones own natural ability for the good of what could be for them...then maybe just maybe, tomorrow one of these grandsons or granddaughters might just well have the ideas of the next entrepreneur, that to me, would have seemed incomprehensible. This is something that I believe Mike Smith's books, ideas and future insight will give to those grandchildren and it is an investment into their future education as well. Thanks Mike." Connie Henderson, grandmother of Riley, 13 and Patrick, 14 both of Perry Middle School in Perry, Oklahoma.

Connie S. Henderson

"I just finished "Warnings." I appreciate it more than I can say. It has also inspired my wife and I to attend the next storm spotters meeting in Greensburg. As the fifth anniversary nears, mixed emotions seem to add up. But the reminder of President Bush's speech at the GHS graduation on 5/4/08 came at the right time."

Jeff Blackburn

That's probably the fastest I've read a book in years. It's well written and very informative. I learned a lot!

Mike Cox

WHCB radio


David Hendricks

San Antonio Express-News

"The Weatherman's Version of The Right Stuff."

Thomas Fuller

The Examiner

"I was hooked within five paragraph's of Mike Smith's Warnings."

Richard Blake

Reader's Views

"If you are interested in gripping and educational story about science, I strongly suggest adding Warnings to your summer reading list. It is a lot of fun."

Roger Pielke, Jr.


"I highly recommend this exceptional book!"

Roger Pielke, Sr.

Climate Science blog

"No one knows more about the science and art of weather forecasting than Mike Smith. Warnings is an entertaining and educational look at the life and work of a man dedicated to predicting storms — and saving lives."

Charles Alexander

Former Science Editor, Time

"The book is a fascinating account of the evolution of severe weather, especially tornado, forecasting, as seen through the eyes of one of the main participants. I have no doubt that it will inspire new generation of weather scientists, which is in part the aim of the author."

Ronald D. McPherson

Executive Director Emeritus, American Meteorological Society

"Mike Smith tells a wonderful story about the growth of modern meteorology and its expanding service to our lives. If you've ever wondered what it's like to be a meteorologist, what leads young peo into such a challenging career and what it's like to try and forecast everything from snow storms to tornadoes and hurricanes, Mike takes you on a fascinating journey inside the world of weather and the mind and heart of the meteorologist. A great read for anyone."

Bob Ryan

Chief Meteorologist, WRC TV (NBC), Washington, D.C.; Former president, American Meteorological Society

"This book chronicles the remarkable advances that have occurred in meteorology over the past 50 years -- not through dry statistics but through very personal stories...The narrative throughout the bok is engaging and compelling, and I found it very hard to put down after reading just the first few pages. This book is not just for hard-core weather enthusiasts or those who work in weather-related fields (though they will love it). Anyone who has ever watched a stormy sky on warm afternoon or felt moved by the images on the news following the Greensburg tornado or Hurricane Katrina (both of which are covered in this book) will get pulled into the narrative of this book."

Keith Seitter

Executive Director, American Meteorological Society

“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, revel how much of our modern, weather-safe lifestyle is contingent on personalities, and could have gone the other 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 L. Nenstiel

Professor of English at the University of Nebraska