Writing on the Winds

Gary Alan Fine

in Authors of the Storm

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226249520
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226249544 | DOI:
Writing on the Winds

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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

Chapter.  15666 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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