Weather matters : an American cultural history since 1900 / Bernard Mergen.
By: Mergen, Bernard.Material type: TextSeries: Culture America: Publisher: Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, c2008Description: ix, 397 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780700616114 (cloth : alk. paper); 070061611X (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): United States -- Climate -- Social aspects -- History | Climate and civilization -- History | Climatology -- Social aspects -- History | Weather -- Social aspects -- History | Human beings -- Effect of environment on -- United States -- HistoryDDC classification: 551.60973 Other classification: RU 10429
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 379-383) and index.
Talking about weather -- Managing weather -- Seeing weather -- Transcribing weather -- Suffering weather -- Conclusion.
"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.