Humankind has always had an uneasy relationship with the weather & climate. In the earliest times, man lived in fear of his environment, unable to comprehend its true nature, ascribing those things he could not understand to some unseen, all-powerful pantheon of Gods. Today we benefit from the work of all the inventors who have contributed to the science of meteorology. This oversized encyclopedia examines the A to Z of weather features, the environment, & climate. It looks at mans impact on the environment, at the extremes of weather, at the science of forecasting, & attempts at weather control. Color photos.