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Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology

by Robert Henson American Meteorological Society
Pub Date:
07/2010
ISBN:
9781878220981
Format:
Pbk 241 pages
Price:
AU$69.00 NZ$72.17
Product Status: Available in Approx 14 days
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From low humor to high drama, TV weather reporting has encompassed an enormous range of styles and approaches, triggering chuckles, infuriating the masses, and at times even saving lives. In Weather on the Air, meteorologist and science journalist Robert Henson covers it all—the people, technology, science, and show business that combine to deliver the weather to the public each day.

The first comprehensive history of its kind, Weather on the Air explores the many forces that have shaped weather broadcasts over the years, including the long-term drive to professionalize weathercasting, the complex relations between government and private forecasters, and the effects of climate-change science and the Internet on today’s broadcasts. Dozens of photos and anecdotes accompany Henson’s more than two decades of research to document the evolution of weathercasts, from their primitive beginnings on the radio to the high-gloss, graphics-laden segments we watch on television every morning.


This engaging study will be an invaluable tool for students of broadcast meteorology and mass communication and an entertaining read for anyone fascinated by the public face of weather.
''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
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--David Laskin
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.