Instant Weather Forecasting

Overview

When the sky has a particular look to it, a certain sequence of weather often follows. In this unique book, 24 colour photographs of cloud formations and their accompanying text will help you read the sky, pick up the clues and predict what the weather will do.

There are skies associated with bad weather, deteriorating weather, sudden change, temporary deterioration and improving weather, and the tables facing each photograph will help you ...

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Overview

When the sky has a particular look to it, a certain sequence of weather often follows. In this unique book, 24 colour photographs of cloud formations and their accompanying text will help you read the sky, pick up the clues and predict what the weather will do.

There are skies associated with bad weather, deteriorating weather, sudden change, temporary deterioration and improving weather, and the tables facing each photograph will help you predict how long the rainfall will last.

This bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking, to riding, golfing, sailing and fishing--and, of course, holidaymakers.

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Editorial Reviews

Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
One of the greatest threats to an enjoyable vacation is inclement weather. Instant Weather Forecasting has been a popular forecasting guide since its first printing in 1968. It features 24 color pictures of clouds (covering a variety of weather situations) and accompanying tables that can be analyzed to help determine potential weather events. The author is an avid sailor, and the book is intended to be particularly useful for the boating aficionado.
WaterCraft
'It is inevitably the hope of the humble reviewer that his happily and snappily worded praise for an unremarkable book will send the world rushing to buy it. Fortunately, however, for the intimates of book reviewers who generally find them more appealing as long as they stay humble word-of-mouth remarks will outsell the most effulgent review every time. For more than 35 years, the world has known about this little book and its cumulative sales figures over 500,000 in 12 languages now speak far louder than anything I might write.

From the title, its immediate appeal to sailors is obvious but my guess is that its appeal to many sailors and others came when the first sailors discovered it really did do what it says on the can and told all their mates. What does it do? The book has 24 full-page colour pictures of the sky and alongside each, the author explains carefully but not too technically what exactly you are seeing and what this tells you about what the weather is likely to do next. It's as simple as that, which is why reviewers long before me have said every boat should have one.

Sail Magazine
I have a favorite little book that I have to replace every four or five years because of overuse. Almost every time we go to sea, we spend time looking at its color photos of different types of clouds and comparing them to the clouds we see above us. Then we carefully read Watts's analysis of what the clouds portend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574093179
  • Publisher: Sheridan House, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/16/2012
  • Edition description: 4th Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 963,017
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Watts has written many best-selling books on the weather an is an acknowledged international authority on the subject. His success has been based on his scientific understanding of meteorology gained during his days as a professional forecaster, his ongoing enthusiasm for the subject, and also his unique style of making weather easy for us all to understand.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Fourth Edition
How to Use This Book
Facts About Clouds
Beaufort Scale of Wind Force
1. Jet Stream Cirrus
2. Cirrus and cirrostratus
3. Warm front or occlusion approaching
4. Altostratus ahead of a warm front or occlusion
5. Imminent rain or snow
6. A front passes
7. Thundery sky
8. Thunderstorm
9. Warm sector weather
10. Sea and coastal fog
11. Showers
12. Air mass trough
13. Cumulonimbus
14. Quiet evening
15. Red sky at night
16. Cirrus foretelling improvement
17. Will it thunder?
18. Will it rain?
19. Fair weather cumulus
20. Cirrus revealing no change
21. Stratocumulus
22. Stratus
23. Altocumulus and cirrocumulus
24. Coastline clouds
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2000

    THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER

    I love this book. If anyone wants to discuss this book with me, please email me.

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