Synopses & Reviews
Featuring three thousand essential facts and figures, illustrated with more than fifty color photographs and diagrams, this entertaining and informative guide explains how the weather shapes our planet and affects all our lives. From the weather you face each day to the glory of rainbows and lightning and the drama of tornadoes, solar storms, and monsoons, Michael Bright explores:
- How clouds develop
- What makes the wind blow
- Why no two snowflakes are the same
- What causes tornadoes
- Why deserts are so dry and rainforests so wet
- What the El Niño effect is
- How rainbows form
- How to read a weather map and much more.
After marveling at lightning, explaining thunder, and finding there is no end of the rainbow, Bright investigates how weather will become even more important in the future, both as a result of climate change, and because of new ways of harnessing the awesome power of nature to generate energy. The Pocket Book of Weather is a fascinating compendium of useful and entertaining information, to be enjoyed at home or while hiking, biking, or otherwise outdoors.
"Packed with 3,000 essential facts and figures, you won't struggle to find something you don't know." —The Weather
"A sort of cockpit entertainer for days of flat calm, it is packed with remarkable facts." —Yachting Monthly, Dick Durham
"This concise but comprehensive guide . . . explores the what's, why's, where's, how's and when's of weather phenomena." —Towpath Talk
About the Author
Michael Bright is an executive producer with the BBC's natural history unit and has written scores of books about the natural world. He lives in Bristol, England.