Exploring the Sky by Day: The Equinox Guide to Weather and the Atmosphere

Exploring the Sky by Day: The Equinox Guide to Weather and the Atmosphere

by Terence Dickinson, John Bianchi
     
 

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Winner of the Children's Roundtable Literature Information Book Award. Ideal for children, Exploring the Sky by Day offers fascinating insight into such phenomena as lightning, the 10 types of clouds, storms, solar haloes, sundogs, and sunsets. Brought to life with dozens of photographs and the color illustrations of John Bianchi the book provides an

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Winner of the Children's Roundtable Literature Information Book Award. Ideal for children, Exploring the Sky by Day offers fascinating insight into such phenomena as lightning, the 10 types of clouds, storms, solar haloes, sundogs, and sunsets. Brought to life with dozens of photographs and the color illustrations of John Bianchi the book provides an excellent introduction to weather and the atmosphere.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up The unpredictability of weather and its potential for disasters make sky watching an exciting activity for children and young people. This basic book begins by describing the ten kinds of clouds and the weather that they produce. Other atmospheric phenomena such as haloes, sun dogs, sunsets, and rainbows are also included. Some conditions are discussed or illustrated in great detail. The diagram showing six different kinds of precipitation which could all be produced by snow crystals subjected to a variety of air and ground conditions makes a winter weather forecast more intelligible. The book is beautifully illustrated with color photographs and paintings. Some are small, but all are accurately illustrative of the phenomenon described. The small print size and double-column layout will discourage marginal readers. Motivated readers will be sustained by Dickinson's attention to detail and the inclusion of information not overworked in the meteorological literature for this age group. Margaret M. Hagel, Norfolk Public Library System, Va.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780920656716
Publisher:
Firefly Books, Limited
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Pages:
72
Sales rank:
723,164
Product dimensions:
8.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Lexile:
1040L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 18 Years

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Introduction:

The sky is a constant reminder of both the power and the beauty of nature. The atmosphere that surrounds Earth is a complex weather machine -- fascinating to watch and, occasionally, a brutal experience to suffer.

While we have the technology to observe storms and to predict the weather, we cannot control it. Even in our advanced scientific age, tornadoes still kill more than 100 people a year in North America, and when a hurricane blows in off the Atlantic Ocean, we are powerless to prevent it from destroying homes and flooding towns. A blizzard can still shut down a city for days at a time, just as it did 50 years ago. And long droughts can destroy an entire nation's economy, leading to starvation for tens of thousands of people who can only wait helplessly for rain.

But the sky is more than just a place where disaster brews. It is an important part of our environment that can be studies and enjoyed as much as forests and fields and oceans. The day sky is our window on the weather and even on space, where the sun is millions of times more distant than the outer edge of the Earth's atmosphere. Our atmosphere shields us from the sun's harmful rays, acts as a buffer from the lifeless vacuum of space and, at the same time, gives us the colors of the sky.

Weather of all kinds can be observed by everyone without any special equipment. We can watch storms approaching and appreciate why changes in weather occur. We can classify clouds and interpret their meaning. We can understand rainbows and measure the distance to lightning bolts.

The sky is alive, changing constantly, often before our eyes. All we need do is look up to enjoy the glory of one of nature's most fascinating and accessible phenomena.

Meet the Author

Terence Dickinson is a prolific science writer specializing in astronomy. More than one million copies of his books are in print. He is the recipient of many national and international science awards, including the New York Academy of Sciences Book of the Year Award and the Royal Canadian Institute's Sandford Fleming Medal. He live near Kingston, Ontario. Dickinson's new edition of Nightwatch has already sold over 75,000 copies.

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