Andrew Blum is an American author and journalist. He writes about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art and travel.
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#88 Guest: Andrew Blum - It's Not a Cheerleader
In This Episode Guest: Andrew Blum, Author of "The Weather Machine" Tracker Chat with the Tornado Trackers – Favorite Chase Day Eateries Lightning Round: Trivial Pursuit #WeatherFools-We present the fools doing stupid things in weather situations Weather Trollbot 5000-Interprets what our weather friends were really thinking when responding to nasty social media trolls Our Guest Andrew Blum, Author of "The Weather Machine" Andrew Blum is an author and journalist, writing about technology, infrastructure, architecture, design, cities, art and travel. As a magazine journalist, he has published dozens of feature stories in publications including Time, WIRED, Popular Science, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. His previous book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, was the first ever book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the Internet. His new book, The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast, was published in June 2019. Purchase "The Weather Machine" on Amazon Follow Andrew on Social Media: Twitter @ajblum To learn more about the Tornado Trackers visit them at Visit for our Storm Front Freaks lineup of merchandise.  Use code: SFF at check-out for 10% off your entire order To purchase tickets and learn more about the Mid-Atlantic ChaserCon, visit #WeatherFools Links Phil-Chaser Convergence and Unsafe Driving Practices Threaten Research Phil-Classic Pick-up Truck Not Following Turn Around Don’t Drown Phil-High School Football Fans Wait Out Thunderstorm In Stands Submit your questions or comments about this show to and we may read it on our next episode! Next Episode records on October 3rd we have NWS-Ft Worth Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn Credits Opening Music: Brett Epstein Closing Music: Gabe Cox Other Music: “Pecos Hank” Schyma from El Reno Blues
185 - Andrew Blum
Co-host Cymene reminisces this week about being the first intern hired by Wired magazine waaaay back in the day. Then (14:42) we are joined by journalist Andrew Blum (—the celebrated author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet—to talk about his new book, The Weather Machine (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2019). We dive deep into it, beginning with our “golden age” of meteorology, and its improved computer simulations. We talk about human presence within massive information infrastructures, his interest in place philosophy, balancing attentions to weather and climate, comparing weather banality vs. weather catastrophe; and, Andrew explains to us the different ways of interpreting the history of weather forecasting. From there we turn to the intersection of war and weather, how Cold War rivalry and internationalism helped shape the weather machine as a global cooperative project, and whether private corporations like Google and IBM will control the future of forecasting. Chemtrails and other weather conspiracies make an appearance, as does the secret Nazi invasion of Canada to build a weather station. We close talking about weather and sympathy and sharing storm stories.
How Meteorologist Predict The Future
Meteorologists use a complex system of computer models, algorithms and historical data to predict the weather. Andrew Blum joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how satellites, super computers and international alliances are all vital to putting together a weather forecast. His new book is called “The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast” (Ecco).
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Mar 13th, 1977
Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
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3 hours, 18 minutes