I was reading a book about a salvage-hunter ship at sea (basically a memoir that I was reading as if a real-world adventure story) written in the 70's about his career twenty or thirty years earlier, and as I got deeper into the book there was this slow-dawning horror as I realized just how much meteorology they *didn't* have, and what that meant.
Eg the captain is frequently scouring the horizon, because decades at sea had taught him what subtle things to look for in the clouds, and you need to know that stuff *to spot a hurricane* before it reaches you, because otherwise *you won't know there's a hurricane!* A giant hurricane bearing down on you isn't obvious if you don't know what to look for, they're clouds... but you kept watch for them. Otherwise you found them the hard way; being woken up by the violence when they found you.
IIRC Their ship's equipment was state-of-the-art, in that it had a *radio* that could reach land (somewhat rare) and thus speak to the fairly-simple meteorology organization, so if the captain saw a hurricane, he could report it. There wasn't any other way for meteorologists to know about hurricanes. If luck was with the ship, they *might* get a report that a hurricane was out in the ocean, if another sufficiently state-of-the-art ship had seen one and reported it. But that ship wouldn't hang around, so the most recent report could be several days old, and ships could navigate fairly well but it's not like the report had GPS and other tracking data.
So even once you know there is a hurricane in the ocean, you don't know where it is (because it has moved since the report) so you have to figure out where it might be *now*, and where it might be going. And you don't have weather information to assist you, so you plot your course based on... not much.
Assuming you spot the hurricane before it reaches you, that doesn't mean you know enough about it to know how to escape it. Instead of tapping into information about the hurricane, you rely on guesswork and experience and seamanship.
This all was quite recent - this crazy world is still in the memory of people living today. (Though the author himself died three years ago)
I've seen climate deniers complain that the Hurricane that hit Galveston that killed 12,000 people is proof that Large Hurricanes existed before Harvey and Irma and thus H and I are nothing special.
But this also in occurred in a time when Hurricane forecasting was in it's infancy and information about the hurricane had to come from boat. Also, construction codes were far worse than now. If Harvey or Irma had happened in 1900 the death toll would've been far worse or maybe even greater.
Wait who's complaining and angry about meteorology?
that applies to most modern technology. what we take for granted now is ridiculous for anyone even 100 years ago to imagine.
"Guys! Good news! We have a supreme scientific understanding of the earth's weather patterns! We can predict *decades* in advance if the climate will catastrophically heat up, enabling us to take decisive, foresighted actions that can head them early, when it's cheap! Hooray!"
*I know, meteorology != climatology, shut up and laugh.*
I've always hated that Louis CK bit because it grossly oversimplifies the issue. Nobody hates they have technological advancements, people hate / are annoyed with the problems they bring, and that's an absolutely good thing.
Yeah, for example, it seems silly to complain about not having wifi / data at certain spots, when it's amazingly available in so many other areas, but the reality is if nobody complained, there would be no need to improve.
Here, weather technology advanced to this point because of complaints. And because of continued complaints, weather technology will be even better 50 years from now.
Instead of just mindlessly being happy with where we are as a society, we should want to improve, and make things better. That involves complaining and pointing out the negative.
You know who else used to believe that their deity caused weather patterns out of retribution? The Ancient Greeks. And they were *pagans*.
edit: a word