The never-before-told story of how, in the last 50 years, the science of weather has been more successful at saving lives than cardiology, cancer research or traffic safety. Warnings takes you behind the scenes to meet the people who, sometimes against difficult odds, created these breakthroughs.
Written in the style of a novel, Mike Smith takes the reader on a fascinating 50-year journey of science and courage. If you have ever taken a commercial airline flight, taken shelter in a basement from a tornado, fled the path of a hurricane, or are intrigued by weather, you will love this book.
Mike Smith’s highly regarded first book “Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather,” makes the case that the only thing separating American society from triple, and quadruple-digit death tolls from tornadoes and other storms is the storm warning system developed by weather scientists over the last 50 years.
“In When the Sirens Were Silent, “Mike puts his unparalleled experience and acumen to work on the Joplin tragedy. You’ll discover what went so tragically wrong that day for 161 souls who didn’t survive Joplin’s EF-5 tornado — what mistakes were made and what otherwise could have kept them alive — and how you, unlike them, can survive whatever weather this year brings. For anyone concerned about tornado safety, When the Sirens Were Silent is a must-read. It might just save your life.
Jenna Blum, New York Times and international best-selling
author of “The Stormchasers” and “Those Who Save Us.”
But, what if the warning system failed? Would triple-digit fatalities result? That point was sadly proven on May 22, 2011, when 161 people lost their lives in a tornado that caught many residents of Joplin, MO., by surprise.
“When the Sirens Were Silent” tells the gripping story of how things went tragically awry that terrible Sunday afternoon as experienced by the people in the path and the people in the storm warning center.
And, to help keep you and your family safe in future storms, “When the Sirens Were Silent” contains removable pages with the latest tornado safety rules for homes, schools and businesses.