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The Resource Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900, Bernard Mergen

Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900, Bernard Mergen

Label
Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900
Title
Weather matters
Title remainder
an American cultural history since 1900
Statement of responsibility
Bernard Mergen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Bernard Mergen's new book illuminates our inevitable obsession with weather - as both physical reality and evocative metaphor - in all of its myriad forms, focusing on the ways in which it is perceived, feared, embraced, managed, and even marketed. From the roaring winds atop Mount Washington to the reflective calm of the poet's lair, he takes a long-overdue look at public response to weather in art, literature, and the media. In the process, he reveals the cross-pollination of ideas and perceptions about weather across many fields, including science, government, education, and consumer culture." "Rich in detail and anecdote, Weather Matters is filled with eccentric characters, quirky facts, and vividly drawn events. Mergen elaborates on the curious question of the "butterfly effect," tracing the notion to a 1918 suggestion that a grasshopper in Idaho could cause a devastating storm in New York City. He chronicles the history of the U.S. Weather Bureau and the American Meteorological Society and their struggles for credibility, as well as the rise of private meteorology and weather modification - including the military's flirtation with manipulating weather as a weapon. And he recounts an eight-day trip with storm chasers, a gripping tale of weather at its fiercest that shows scientists putting their lives at stake in the pursuit of data."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mergen, Bernard
Dewey number
551.60973
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
QC983
LC item number
.M43 2008
Literary form
non fiction
NAL call number
QC983
NAL item number
.M43 2008
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
CultureAmerica
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Climate and civilization
  • Climatology
  • Weather
  • Human beings
  • United States
Label
Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900, Bernard Mergen
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Talking about weather -- Managing weather -- Seeing weather -- Transcribing weather -- Suffering weather -- Conclusion
Control code
225874566
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 397 pages
Isbn
9780700616114
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008022848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)225874566
Label
Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900, Bernard Mergen
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 379-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Talking about weather -- Managing weather -- Seeing weather -- Transcribing weather -- Suffering weather -- Conclusion
Control code
225874566
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 397 pages
Isbn
9780700616114
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008022848
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)225874566

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