BOOK REVIEWS AUTHOR S OF TH E STORM: METEOROLOGISTS AN D TH E CULTURE O F PREDICTION Gary Alan Fine, 2007, 280 pp., $39.00, hardbound, University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0-226-24952-0 f weathercasters serve as the public face of opera- local forecasts and damage surveys have a substantial tional meteorology, then the employees of the Na- component of subjectivity. Fine deems this an out- tional Weather Service are its heart and soul. The growth not only o f imperfect observations and flawed NW S has a rich institutional culture that stretches forecasting tools, but also of the need to adapt to such back almost 140 years. Seldom, if ever, has that cul- elements as geographic borders (as in the "boxology" ture been dissected so thoroughly as in Authors of the of tornado watches that happen to hug state lines) and Storm. Gary Alan Fine, a sociologist at the University large population centers (which appear more likely to o f Chicago and a prolific and eclectic researcher, be warned for severe weather than sparsely populated paints a vivid portrait of NW S staff at work. Along rural areas getting a similar storm). Some of these the way, he contrasts their
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