It's Raining Fish and Spiders

It's Raining Fish and Spiders

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by Bill Evans
     
 

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One of the things Bill Evans enjoys the most is talking to young people about weather. Middle-schoolers in particular, Evans says, are deeply interested in the natural world and in weather.

It's Raining Fish and Spiders covers everything, from tornadoes and hurricanes to lightning and the different kinds of snowflakes. Evans addresses weather myths

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One of the things Bill Evans enjoys the most is talking to young people about weather. Middle-schoolers in particular, Evans says, are deeply interested in the natural world and in weather.

It's Raining Fish and Spiders covers everything, from tornadoes and hurricanes to lightning and the different kinds of snowflakes. Evans addresses weather myths and facts, from "Can it really rain fish?" to "Will opening a window save my house during a tornado?"

Evans also tells his most exciting personal weather stories: flying with the Hurricane Hunters, riding pell-mell through Tornado Alley with storm chasers, and visiting the coldest place on Earth. The book includes simple weather experiments that can be performed at home without expensive equipment.

Extensively researched, fact-filled, and packed with charts, tables, illustrations, and amazing photographs, It's Raining Fish and Spiders is an entertaining and educational addition to the library of anyone interested in weather, science, and the natural world.

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From the Publisher

“Evans knows his topic so well, way beyond tomorrow morning's temperatures.” —Regis Philbin

“No one knows bad weather better than Bill Evans.” —George Stephanopoulos

Children's Literature - Judy Crowder
What's the difference between a snow storm and a blizzard? Aren't snowflakes all pretty much alike? How are hurricanes made and how do they get their names? What does "meteorologist" mean, anyway? Can it really rain fish and spiders as the title suggests? If you have a young reader who is curious about weather, this book contains answers to almost any question! Evans, an award-winning TV weather man, wanted to learn all he could about weather since he experienced Hurricane Camille as a child. This book, with its personal, fun-to-read text includes all the information anyone could want to know about weather, whether you're a weather "geek" or someone who is only mildly curious about, say, cloud shapes. The author features all the facts about hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and extreme weather that can include drought, wind/dust storms, tsunamis and more. The thoroughness of each section is amazing. For instance, the section about blizzards discusses what makes a snowstorm a blizzard, how snow is formed, snow morphology (there are actually five major kinds of snowflakes and some look more like needles, hollow tubes or thin plates than the lacey flower-like ones that come to mind), how meteorologists track and predict snow storms, locations in the country or planet that get the most snow, sleet, hail, and ice storms, wind chill, the coldest records anywhere on the planet, avalanches, Antarctica, snow rollers (look it up!), snow tornadoes and even colored snow—some mountainous regions get pink snow that tastes a bit like watermelon—I kid you not! Each of these sections also includes personal stories, charts, pictures and websites, even weather experiments. Just cruise through this gem of a book and learn all sorts of things. Did you know that "tornado" is derived from the Spanish word, torna, meaning "to turn," and is defined as "an intense rotating column of air extending from the base of a thunderstorm cloud to the ground?" Wow! And to answer the question about falling fish or spiders, just read "Fish Falling from the Sky!" on pages 36 to 38. I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429984829
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
876,054
File size:
16 MB
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This product may take a few minutes to download.
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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Meet the Author

Bill Evans has won multiple Emmy Awards for his work as Senior Meteorologist for WABC, Channel 7. He has also been seen regularly on Good Morning America and can be heard nationally on the ABC Radio Network, Martha Stewart Living Radio, ESPN Radio, and in the New York metropolitan area on WPLJ. In addition to teaching adult classes on weather and forecasting, Evans speaks at dozens of elementary and middle schools every year, talking to students about weather and meteorology. It's Raining Fish and Spiders grew out of the keen interest of these students. Evans was recently awarded an honorary Doctorate in Letters of Humanity by Dowling College. He lives with his family in Connecticut.


Bill Evans is a multiple Emmy Award-winning, nationally-renowned senior meteorologist. He has appeared on Good Morning, America and Live with Regis and Kelly. Evans has received the Outstanding Meteorologist Award from the National Weather Service and has hosted the National Hurricane Conference. He is the author of books including Category 7, Dry Ice and Frozen Fire. Bill Evans and his family live in Connecticut.

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It's Raining Fish and Spiders 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
GREAT BOOK FUN TO READ AND LEARN ALL ABOUT WEATHER!
Pat_from_LI More than 1 year ago
While Bill Evans wrote "It's Raining Fish and Spiders" to teach young people all about all kinds of weather and to foster their interest in deepening their knowledge of weather phenomena and in possibly -- hopefully -- pursuing meteorological careers, this book is a comprehensive weather encyclopedia in a single volume for anyone interested in learning more about weather. The book is filled with outstanding photos and illustrations, as well as weather experiments and projects you can try at home. Bill's easy-reading text includes a number of first-person accounts of experiences in blizzards, hurricanes, and tornados. Once you start reading this book, you'll have a tough time putting it down. "It's Raining Fish and Spiders" is a great reference book that belongs in every home, truly a fantastic weather book for children of all ages!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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