Andrew Blum is an American author and journalist. He writes about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art and travel.
The weather can be a simple word or loaded with meaning depending on the context -- a humdrum subject of everyday small talk or a stark climactic reality full of existential associations with serious disasters. In his book The Weather Machine, author Andrew Blum discusses these extremes and much in between, taking readers back in time to early weather-predicting aspirations and forward with speculation about the future of forecasting, including potentially dark clouds on the horizon. The Weather Machine
Do you lose most of your body heat through your head? What’s the best way to stop the hiccups? We begin this episode with a look at these and other interesting medical myths and facts. What exactly is the Internet – and where is it located? We think of the Internet as being virtual but there is a physical Internet – there has to be. Those network connections all have to connect somewhere. Journalist Andrew Blum author of the book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet (, takes us all on a journey of the physical Internet – where it is, how it works and what it smells like. Do you know what to do when lightning strikes? Much of what we hear isn’t true. I’ll tell you what the experts say about staying safe in a lightning storm. When I say “self-discipline” you probably think of it as sacrifice and painful and not much fun. However, when it comes to achieving success in anything, a little self-discipline can be a very powerful tool. Rory Vaden, author of the N.Y. Times bestseller, Take The Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving Success ( explains how self-discipline really works, how powerful it is and why there are a lot of myths and misconceptions about it. This Week's Sponsors -Automation Finance. Go to to review the investment memorandum and sign up for an account. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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
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.
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Mar 13th, 1977
Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
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5 hours, 27 minutes
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