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Authors of the StormMeteorologists and the Culture of Prediction$
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Gary Fine

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226249520

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.001.0001

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Writing on the Winds

Writing on the Winds

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(p.135) 4 Writing on the Winds
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Authors of the Storm
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Gary Alan Fine

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226249544.003.0005

This chapter explores public science as communication. Specifically, it addresses four aspects of the occupational tasks of meteorologists: how they coordinate their forecasts with others inside their office and with other National Weather Service offices; the art of writing forecasts and forecast discussions, suggesting how meteorologists think about their words; how forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center use visual representations (“boxes”) to claim their authority, emphasizing that communication is not necessarily tied to words; and the technological change the author of this book observed during his research in which a computerized forecast system was introduced. In this system meteorologists manipulated a database, which removed the authority to create the written forecast from the meteorologist.

Keywords:   public science, communication, meteorologists, weather forecasts

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