The Back Cover
Gale Richards, a close friend and advisor of the newly elected-President, a man who during the campaign suggested building a wall around the U.S. to keep out immigrants, foreign products and Justin Beiber, is offered her choice of an Ambassadorship or Cabinet position in the new Administration. She chooses the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to everyone’s consternation—consternation based mainly on the fact that no one except for NOAA had any idea what a NOAA was or where Gale might have heard about it.
A lifelong “weather junkie,” who has already fulfilled her service to the new President many times over via large checks and advice made all the more insightful by the size of the previously mentioned checks, she wishes to spend time learning about the Earth’s environment and weather patterns – subjects that have always fascinated her, and because of her vast wealth make her seem quirky rather than weird. She spends the first several weeks after confirmation traveling around the world on her private jet meeting with scientists and visiting research stations, thoroughly enjoying herself and doing her best to ignore everything the new president is saying and doing. Unlike the rest of the country, Richards is happy with the life she’s chosen and is content to serve, as long as her friend remains President, which given the general unhappiness with the rest of the country looks to be about three and a half years, tops.
However, her dreams of a quiet, widely derided and misunderstood, last gasp of public service come to a horrific end when an early summer hurricane (Carl), projected by NOAA to weakly glance the coast of the Carolinas, slams into the United States with the full force of a Category four storm leaving thousands dead and tens of millions of dollars in damage. Beneath the radar of the public finger pointing and recriminations, the President sets up a small dysfunctional, bureaucratic inter-governmental task force to look closely at what happened and why the models failed to predict the catastrophic event. The task force's findings are researched, edited and impeccably unveiled in a 200 slide power point presentation that is predictably useless. But, a small band of NOAA weathermen, ironically consisting of 60% women, present her with a theory so outrageous and unexpected, it might justify 300 pages of moderately entertaining narrative. The weather prediction models failed to account for one variable – deliberate human intervention. Oh, yeah.
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