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Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology Hardcover – Aug 16 2010

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  • Hardcover: 241 pages
  • Publisher: American Meteorological Society (Aug. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878220985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878220981
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 662 g
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Weather on the Air captures the full breadth and depth of the engaging—and to many enthusiasts, intoxicating—world of broadcast meteorology. The history, the personalities, the science, the challenges, the beauty, and the warts of weathercasting: It’s all here.”

(Ray Ban, retired executive vice president of programming and meteorology, The We)

“Robert Henson covers a wide swath of weather and broadcast history with warmth, engaging humor, boundless curiosity, and a keen eye for the quirky and overlooked. Whether you approach the atmosphere with the utmost seriousness or laugh at the absurdities of the weather business, Weather on the Air is a treasure.”

(David Laskin, author of The Children's Blizzard and Braving the Elements)

“Supplanting baseball, talking about the weather has become our national pastime. This book is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the evolution of our attraction to, and dependence on, up-to-minute news about the weather.”

(Edward Maibach, director, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason)

“Henson clearly charts the internal storms as well as the fair skies of a profession that has been surprisingly slow to accept the growing scientific consensus of humankind’s contribution to climate change.”

(Joe Witte, former NBC/Today meteorologist)

“Robert Henson’s rollicking story of how the weather news became a staple of American culture has more surprises than a windy day at Wrigley field. If, like so many of us, you find the weather report oddly compelling and want to know why, this is the book for you.”

(Eric Klinenberg, author of Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Med)

“Robert Henson has written the definitive history of on-air weather in America.”

(Dan Satterfield, chief meteorologist, WHNT, Huntsville, Alabama)

“From green screens to greenhouse gases, a thorough a very readable history of broadcast meteorology.”

(Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist, NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Cente)

“Bob Henson’s Weather on the Air is lovingly written and meticulously researched. . . . More than just a simple timeline detailing the technological innovations that have taken the profession from hand-drawn maps on Plexiglass to today’s touch screen technology, Henson’s book also touches on the philosophical.”

(Bob Swanson Weatherwise Magazine)

About the Author

Robert Henson is a science writer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and a contributing editor to Weatherwise Magazine. His other books include The Rough Guide to Weather and The Rough Guide to Climate Change.  

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HASH(0xa1384504) out of 5 stars Ecellant history Jan. 24 2013
By James B. Simms - Published on
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Very inclusive history of weather on TV and radio. Although dated for 2012, it did miss someissues The Weather Channel had in the past such as running movies and not breaking in for severe weather. I expect an updated version to take inot accounts of the tornado outbreak of April 26-28, 2011. Overall, a very good book.
HASH(0xa21e1a44) out of 5 stars A Comprehensive HIstory of Weather Communication Jan. 26 2014
By George A Winterling - Published on
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I don't know of a better description of weather comunication from the 19th century newspaper and telegraph reports to the explosion of radio and television broadcasters in the latter half of the 20th century to the present time.