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What’s going on up there when the rain falls, when the wind blows, when the clouds roll in and the lightning flashes? How do hurricanes arise and where to tornadoes come from? Why do seasonal conditions sometimes vary so much from one year to the next? Our ways of life, our very existences depend on knowing the answers to questions like these. Economies have been wiped out, civilizations have risen and fallen, entire species have come into being or gone extinct because of a temperature shift of just a few degrees, or a brief shortage or glut of rainfall. With so much riding on the weather, it makes you wonder how you’ve lived this long without knowing more about it.
Don’t worry it’s never too late to find out about what makes the weather tick.
And there’s never been an easier or more enjoyable way to learn than Weather For Dummies. In know time, you’ll know enough of weather basics to be able to:
- Identify cloud types
- Make sense of seasonal differences in the weather
- Understand what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme events
- Make your own weather forecasts
- Avoid danger during severe weather
- Understand the global warming debate
- Get a handle on smog, the greenhouse effect, El Niño, and more
Award-winning science writer John D. Cox brings the science of meteorology down to earth and, with the help of dozens of cool maps and charts and stunning photographs of weather conditions, he covers a wide range of fascinating subjects, including:
- What is weather and how it fits into the entire global ecosystem
- What goes into making a professional daily weather forecast
- The basic elements of weather, including air pressure, clouds, and humidity
- Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, and other extreme forms of weather
- Seasonal weather effects and why they vary
- Lightening, rainbows, sundogs, haloes, and other special effects
Featuring clear explanations, stunning illustrations, and fun, easy experiments and activities you can do at home , Weather For Dummies is your guide to making sense of the baffling turmoil of the ever-changing skies above.
For anyone who is dazzled by dramatic displays of wind, thunder, and lightning, "Weather For Dummies" is an indispensable guide to the basic science behind these phenomena. Explanations are given of the hottest weather topics including El Nino, global warming, and tornadoes. 8-page color insert. Photos & illustrations.
"A handy reference to the awesome forces of nature we witness every day."
For anyone who is dazzled by dramatic displays of wind, thunder, and lightning, "Weather For Dummies" is an indispensable guide to the basic science behind these daily phenomena. From frontal systems to jet streams, this book gives you the tools you need to understand the climate around you. It includes: Explanations fo the hottest weather topics including El NiRo, global warming, and moreA color insert filled with weather maps and photos of weather phenomenaResources such as Web sites, weather organizations, and publicationsFascinating information on clouds--from the wispy cirrus to the bubbling mammatusFun weather experiments anyone can do
"The baffling turmoil of our ever-changing skies will seem much less baffling" Keay Davidson, author, Carl Sagan: A Life
Includes hot maps and cool photos of weather phenomena!
Are you dazzled by dramatic displays of thunder and lightning and wonder why these forces of nature occur? This guide offers easy-to-understand explanations about meteorological concepts, from jet streams to tornadoes and El Niño. Inside, you'll find experiments and activities you can do at home, plus insight on smog, the greenhouse effect, and more!
Discover how to: Identify cloud types Understand what causes tornadoes to form Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate
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About the Author
John D. Cox is a professional science writer. He studied biological and physical sciences at Harvard and MIT as a fellow of Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT.
Table of Contents
PART I: What in the World Is Weather?
Chapter 1: Forecasts and Forecasting.
Chapter 2: Behind the Air Wars.
Chapter 3: Land, Sea, and Precipitation: Is This Any Way to Run a Planet?
PART II: Braving the Elements.
Chapter 4: Blowing in the Winds.
Chapter 5: Getting Cirrus.
Chapter 6: Climate Is What You Expect;
Weather Is What You Get.
Chapter 7: The Greatest Storms on Earth.
PART III: Some Seasonable Explanations.
Chapter 8: The Ways of Winter.
Chapter 9: Twists and Turns of Spring.
Chapter 10: Extremely Summer.
Chapter 11: Falling for Autumn.
PART IV: The Special Effects.
Chapter 12: Taking Care of the Air.
Chapter 13: Up in the Sky! Look!
Chapter 14: Try This at Home.
PART V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 15: Ten (Or So) Biggest U.S. Weather Disasters of the 20th Century.
Chapter 16: Ten (Or So) Worst World Weather Disasters of the 20th Century.
Chapter 17: Ten Crafty Critters.
Chapter 18: Ten Grand Old Weather Proverbs.
Appendix: Internet Resource Directory.
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