by Victor Boesen
Here is a book Federal Government bureaucrats will loathe. And it is a book that will delight ordinary citizens of all ages who have struggled with a Big Brother bureaucracy determined to have its way over all the little brothers and sisters it is supposed to serve.
Storm is about one man, lrving Krick,.and the Federal establishment responsible for forecasting the nation's weather. While everyone talks about the weather, Krick has been doing something about it. This has displeased the Federal establishment that - whatever its current name - is known to ordinary folk as the Weather Bureau.
Krick is a professional meteorologist who has de veloped long-range weather forecasting techniques that led to some remarkable accomplishments. In World War II, when establishment forecasters said it could not be done, Krick was able to provide military planners with sound weather-wise dates for such crucial operations as the invasion of Normandy, the invasion of North Africa, the strategic bombing of Germany, the crossing of the Rhine.
In this delightful book, author Victor Boesen tells how, since the Eisenhower Administration, Krick has been providing the White House with accurate weather information such as it cannot obtain from Federal forecasters. Boesen documents the careful scientific methods Krick follows in both his long- range forecasting and cloud-seeding operations. Krick's organization doesn't hit the bull's-eye every time, but it has about 85 percent effective results, according to neutral observers.
Krick forecast the 1977 drought that afflicted the West - and recommended countermeasures that were not taken. His private concern has served hundreds of farmers, ranchers, airlines, individual companies, local and foreign governments. He has made it rain in Spain - and in France and Italy too. Through his cloud-seeding efforts wheat flourished in the parched lands of Israel. He has made it stop hailing in Alberta and provided the right amount of snow for the 1960 Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley. Meantime the weather bureaucracy insists that Krick doesn't know what he's doing. For years the bureaucracy has been spending large sums of the taxpayers' money for research in just what Krick is accomplishing. No firm results yet in its research, says the bureaucracy.
Victor Boesen is the author of the well-received Doing Something About the Weather from Putnam's. A free-lance writer who has published many books and written articles for national magazines, he lives with his wife in Pacific Palisades, California.
Copyright © 1978 by Victor Boesen
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STORM -- Table of Contents
1. We Need To Know the Weather
2. Schumann's Concerto in A-Minor
3. I Want That for the Military
4. This Is the Day the Japs Will Attack
5. The Sea Will Be Falling
6. I'll Slice as Thin as You Want
7. Operation Overlord
8. Somebody Else Will Need What You've Got
9. Does It Bring Rain Or Doesn't It?
10. The Council Can Delay No Longer
11. You Have Not Published Your Data
12. Our Name Has No Bearing on the Subject
13. We Are Not Lacking in Research
14. They're Beginning To Listen