Another Great Review of Warnings

Another wonderful review of Warnings:

More than 100 years ago, Mark Twain wrote, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” Mike Smith is one person who has been doing something about it, for decades now. As he writes in Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather, from a “beginning involving spare World War II leftovers, we have developed an effective and highly cost-effective system that saves lives and dollars, nearly every week.” He is writing about the system of weather tracking radar, weather spotting persons and equipment, and meteorology professionals that work together to forecast and warn of severe weather wherever (in the US) it occurs.

…and, since this is the 5th anniversary weekend of Katrina,

This thread is strongest in the chapter about Hurricane Andrew and the three chapters devoted to Hurricane Katrina. Andrew showed us just how damaging a Category 5 hurricane could be. Katrina showed us that the “powers that be” had learned nothing from Andrew. Smith is particularly disdainful of the criminally inept performance of the two governors and the New Orleans mayor. Come to think of it, this is the only major piece of writing about the Katrina disaster that puts the blame where it lies, rather than mostly upon President Bush. Though he does get his share of the blame, the President was a lesser player next to those who should have acted and either did nothing or actively hindered those who were willing to help!

The full review is here.

Our Modest Effort to Help New Orleans’ Recovery

We are coming up on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina which is this Sunday, August 29th.  For those how have not read Warnings, Katrina plays a critical role in the book. In the words of one reviewer:

Not surprisingly, the most critical event in the book is Hurricane Katrina. Among other things we learn what could go wrong with the forecasts’ timely releases, what did go wrong and why, and how they tried to get the evacuation process going while there was still time. The survivors were literally ‘hung out to dry’ as buck-passing and meals in high end restaurants took precedent over people. How many more could have survived if it weren’t for the bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and selfishness? The night of August 31, 2005 should be etched in their memories forever as deaths of survivors began to pile up. If bureaucracy hadn’t fumbled the ball, the meteorological scientists would have netted it.

After thinking it over, I and the team at Mike Smith Enterprises want to engage you in helping in the recovery of New Orleans (NOLA). After some reflection and at NOLA’s suggestion, we found that the public libraries are still in need of books. Between now and September 30th, for every 20 copies of Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather purchased directly from Mike Smith Enterprises, we will be donating one book to BetterWorldBooks, a fundraising arm of NOLA.

We need your help. If you don’t have your own copy of Warnings, its time! And, if you have your own copy, now would be a good time to order an autographed copy for a holiday gift. The cost is the same: $30 which includes shipping and sales tax. I am happy to autograph the book with any reasonable inscription you request.

Please send your order to:  Mike Smith Enterprises, LLC, 4031 North Tara Circle, Wichita, KS 67226.