The people behind the titles
"The Secret Life of Scientists & Engineers," Nova
This Web-only series, at http:/
The forecast is gloomy
"The Weather of the Future" (Harper, $25.99)
Using advanced climate models, Heidi Cullen predicts extreme weather in her new book, "The Weather of the Future." Assuming that carbon-emission levels remain the same as they are today, the climatologist predicts what will happen to the Central Valley of California (droughts), Bangladesh (rising sea levels) and South Australia (fires), among other locations. Cullen even foresees Xavier, a Category 4 hurricane, slamming into New York City in 2050. No climate model, no matter how sophisticated, could predict a hurricane that far in advance, so clearly Cullen is taking some creative license to make a point. Oddly, she writes in the past tense to describe future events. For example: "Residents of South Australia awoke on the first morning in December 2019 to face yet another sustained warning of catastrophic fire danger." Only time will confirm or contradict Cullen's grim outlook.
-- Rachel Saslow