Synopses & Reviews
Today, most people look down when they want to check the weather, peeking at cell phones or popping open a browser, instead of looking up at one of the most accessible weather predictors of allandmdash;the sky. Knowing what the atmosphere has in store without relying on technology can be a gratifying experience, and now with An Observerandrsquo;s Guide to Clouds and Weather
, it is also one that is easy to learn.
This informative and accessible guide walks readers through the basics of making weather predictions through understanding cloud types and sky formations. It explains, in nontechnical terms, the science behind the weather, connecting fundamental meteorological concepts with the processes that shape weather patterns. Readers will learn how to develop their powers of observation and hone their ability to make quick forecasts without complicated tools. Whether you're an amateur weather enthusiast or a beginning meteorology student, An Observerandrsquo;s Guide to Clouds and Weather will help anyone who prefers looking up to looking it up.
[I was] hailed as the hero [on Denali] for being the only person with any weather answers. I couldn't take credit for it, though—I learned a lot from your book and I'm super thankful I had with me for this trip. I read and re-read your book about 20 or 30 times during my time in Alaska. I wouldn't hesitate to read it again on my next trip. Much thanks,AJ Dexter
Reading Weather provides a quick and simple way to understand how the atmosphere works, how to interpret and use weather forecasts before venturing outdoors, and also how to make your own forecast in the field by observing the changes in the weather. This fully updated and revised reference will arm you with the meteorological knowledge necessary to make good decisions on whether to proceed or retreat in the face of a storm. Also included are helpful definitions, tables, and simplified graphics of common weather features.
About the Author
Toby Carlsonand#160;is professor of meteorology emeritus in the Department of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University.and#160;Paul Knightand#160;is a senior lecturer in meteorology in the Department of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University as well as producer and host of the showand#160;Weather World.and#160;Celia Wyckoffand#160;is a former editor forand#160;World Campusand#160;at Pennsylvania State University.and#160;
Table of Contents
1. The basic processes that create weather
2. Cloud and weather patterns
3. Clouds and how to read the sky
4. Smaller-scale storms
5. The foundations of weather forecasting
6. The observerandrsquo;s guide to weather forecasting
Appendix: Useful meteorological web addresses