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Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

Gary Fine

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226249520
eISBN:
9780226249544
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.001.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

Whether it is used as an icebreaker in conversation or as the subject of serious inquiry, “the weather” is one of the few subjects that everyone talks about. And though we recognize the faces that ... More


A Public Science

Gary Alan Fine

in Authors of the Storm: Meteorologists and the Culture of Prediction

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226249520
eISBN:
9780226249544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Science, Technology and Environment

This chapter focuses on the organizational features of meteorology, particularly the position of operational meteorology as government-sponsored activity. The organization of operational meteorology ... More


Without Warning and Defenseless: The Weather Service and Civil Defense before and after Hurricane Agnes

Timothy W. Kneeland

in Playing Politics with Natural Disaster: Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 Election, and the Origins of FEMA

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9781501748530
eISBN:
9781501748554
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501748530.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes how the public also vented anger and frustration at agents of government whose job it was to protect people before a natural disaster occurred. The public was incensed at ... More


Forecast: Chilly Overcast Light Drizzle No People Left

David Ehrenfeld

in Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195148527
eISBN:
9780197561867
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195148527.003.0014
Subject:
Environmental Science, Social Impact of Environmental Issues

I used to enjoy listening to the National Weather Service forecasts on my short-wave weather radio. An endlessly repeated taped message updated every few hours might be less than thrilling, but ... More


Depth in Knowledge

Stephen Skowronek, John A. Dearborn, and Desmond King

in Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and The Unitary Executive

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
February 2021
ISBN:
9780197543085
eISBN:
9780197543115
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197543085.003.0008
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter considers depth in knowledge, focusing on rules-based protections for knowledge-based authority in the executive branch. Rules provide firmer footing for depth than norms do, but even ... More


An Environmental Legacy

Judkin Browning and Timothy Silver

in An Environmental History of the Civil War

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781469655383
eISBN:
9781469655406
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655383.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter discusses the long-term effects of the Civil War on the environment. The experience during the war led to improved techniques in the medical field and created a hospital system that was ... More


Who Used and Benefited from the El Niño Forecasts?

David Changnon

in El Niño, 1997-1998: The Climate Event of the Century

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195135510
eISBN:
9780197561614
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195135510.003.0011
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Meteorology and Climatology

The long-range seasonal climate forecasts based on El Niño 97-98 conditions and issued from June through August 1997 for the fall, winter, and early spring conditions across the United States were ... More


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