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And it's about the private corporations that are trying to lock up that data so that, after you the taxpayer have paid for that research and data collection, you would then be required to pay again, to for-profit companies, for any use of that weather, including getting weather forecasts. You may think you get your weather news from your local tv station or Accuweather or the Weather Channel, or your favorite weather app I have several, for different purposes , but all that data comes from the National Weather Service, which is to say NOAA.
I happen to like how the Weather Channel repackages that information, but you and I and everyone with internet access can get the same information directly from NOAA's websites.
They're cherry-picking particular dates and locations when their meteorologists did a better job of interpreting NOAA's data than the National Weather Service did. That will happen sometimes; someone who knows nothing about horse racing will sometimes bet on the right horse when the expert picks the wrong one.
It happens. With weather forecasting, it doesn't happen often. And that data? Accuweather wouldn't have it if your tax dollars hadn't paid for NOAA to gather it.
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Michael Lewis gives us a clear, lucid discussion of what's going on and what it all potentially means. And also why you should not roll your eyes at the weather forecast, no matter whether you get it from the National Weather Service, or from one of the for-profit companies repackaging it for you. Highly recommended. I received this audiobook at no cost from Audible as part of their Audible Originals program, and am reviewing it voluntarily.
This felt less like a narrated story and more like a podcast, but I still very much enjoyed it. Those that listen to NPR and podcasts would enjoy this. I thought that this was a pretty good book, but not great and not really complete. I wish it could have been fleshed out a bit because I think for the complexity of the subject that 2.
Although I find the current administration to be horrible, blaming the GOP leaders for All Evil is not really helpful. I found her so interesting I wish the rest of the book would have been about The Women of NASA or something like this I even listened to this part of the book twice, however, this really had little to do with the rest of the book.
I think it needed to pick a subject and go with it. The author obviously put a lot of research into this book and was able to convey the seriousness and destructive power of tornados and thus the importance of having accurate weather forecasts. He also offered a fair deal of insight into where weather data comes from and eluded to many political as well as human issues inhibiting the progress of weather forecasting to minimize catastrophes.
What made me skeptical, however, was the rather obvious black and white painting of politicians and scientists — there were very obvious heroes and just as obvious antagonists. The narration was just fine, properly read but not particularly remarkable albeit, I particularly enjoyed the occasional moments during which the author appeared to suppress a giggle or onset of euphoria. In summary, it was a decent listen revealing some interesting insights and highlighting a tax-payed service that is probably widely underestimated. Lewis is a good storyteller.
I very much enjoyed The Undoing Project but this one is not of the same quality. Perhaps that's why it's free.
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It seems to be an underhanded way of equating middle America's short-sighted attitude about tornados with their attitude about current politics. Is this about climate change? Not exactly. Is it a metaphor about Trump? Hard to tell. Is it interesting? Yes, but as Max Tegmark says in Our Mathematical Universe, "I find that when it comes to telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, it's the second part that accounts for most of the differences in how they portray reality: what they omit.
A good part of everyone's days was spent wandering around in slack-jawed disbelief. It was simply beyond words, but Lewis makes a good attempt. He also does eventually assess the problem correctly - it's not that there isn't enough warning, it's that no one can imagine the monster will come for them. Far too many people in tornado alley have not even the most rudimentary form of storm shelter. That story could have been what this book was about. But it's not.
It's not even about any specific "storm" at all. It's not a clear case for anything in the future. It IS a place where lots of shots are lobbed at the Trump administration. That would be alright if the story was told in a complete fashion, but it's not. He seems to disapprove of government collected data of all sorts recently being removed from public access, but he also seems to disapprove of the private sector actually DOING anything with that data. He conflates the collection of data with data analysis, as if because the Department of Commerce has the data it is also the ultimate expert on what that data means or how it can best be used.
And nowhere does he even give a hint that any of that data might be inaccurate. For instance, crime data is reported to the FBI by local police. No one seems to be aware that because of personnel shortages on municipal departments, often only one-tenth of crime reports can be processed. Federal crime statistics are way off. And he wonders why they are no longer available?
Are people the solution or the problem? Is government the solution or the problem? He can't lay any solid argument, but he sure can complain and blame Trump for the sky that soon will fall. It's not a bad listen for free but there is a deep undercurrent of intellectual dishonesty that ultimately makes it a disappointment. It also discussed laws and attempted laws that were trying to dismantle or cripple NOAA, in favour of private companies like AccuWeather of which one of the founders is appointed to Dept of Commerce by Trump , despite the fact that AccuWeather gets it's data from NOAA and then just processes it differently.
It goes into details on how people react to storm warnings - often ignoring them due to a 'it wont happen to me' attitude, or thinking 'home' means safe. And it looks at how NOAA is changing how it present information based on social science. Michael Lewis narrates his own work, and it is fine narration. Nothing outstanding, but clear and well produced.
I would be more than happy to listen to him narrate more of his own books. Overall a very interesting piece of work that is likely to get a lot of strong opinions from the two sides of politics - something that can already be seen in the handful of reviews on Audible already. Very Informative and relevant piece. It's surprising how new accurate weather prediction is.
Great listen. I have had Coming Storm in my Library for awhile now and had the opportunity to listen to it in one session. I had what I thought was a reasonable amount of knowledge about weather. What I didn't know was how weather data was collected through the years and the odd way the U.
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Government collects a massive amount of information a goldmine worth of data but doesn't publicize it. Even more interesting was some of the valuable contributions that data mining has provided to the public such as farmers knowing exactly when to fertilize their crops to save a ton of money on fertilizer. I learned a lot! Yes, I am somewhat of a science geek, but I think most people would enjoy this book.
Actually there is very little in this short book that is actually about weather patterns.
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