Spencer Christian's Weather Book

Overview

In this book, Spencer Christian gives everyone's favorite topic a new spin. He explains the inexact science of weather-forecasting, as well as everything you've always wanted to know about the weather. Did you know that...

  • On the average day, nearly two-thrids of the Earth is covered by clouds?
  • It would never rain if the air were perfectly clean?
  • Weather vanes have roosters ...
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Overview

In this book, Spencer Christian gives everyone's favorite topic a new spin. He explains the inexact science of weather-forecasting, as well as everything you've always wanted to know about the weather. Did you know that...

  • On the average day, nearly two-thrids of the Earth is covered by clouds?
  • It would never rain if the air were perfectly clean?
  • Weather vanes have roosters because of a decree by a 9th-century pope?

In his own lighthearted, easy-to-understand style, America's favorite weatherman explains all facets of weather, including:

  • Folklore and myths
  • How weather systems are formed
  • Causes of hurricanes and other storms
  • How weather influences health
  • How climate has changes over the ages - and how it may be changing right now
  • And much more

Illustrations and maps complete this fun, fact-filled reference guide. You'll never be able to change the weather, but Spencer Christian's Weather Book will help you understand and appreciate this amazing natural force that affects us all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641632211
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Trade
  • Publication date: 4/28/1993
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 A Weather History of Earth 5
2 The Weather's Engine: Our Sun 13
3 The Atmosphere: The Ocean of Air in Which We Live 19
4 Water: The Wellspring of Life 27
5 Skywatching: Everything You Want to Know About Clouds 33
6 Wind: Setting the Weather in Motion 42
7 Fronts and Storms: The Battlegrounds of Weather 56
8 Completing the Water Cycle: The Story of Rain and Snow 65
9 Thunderstorms: Nature's Sound and Light Show 74
10 Tornadoes 84
11 Nature's One-eyed Monsters: Hurricanes 91
12 What Exactly is A Weatherperson? 102
13 From Magician to Mainframe: A Brief History of Meteorology 105
14 Modern Technology: Recording and Measuring the Weather Today 113
15 Putting It All Together: Preparing Today's Forecast 119
16 What I Do: Behind-the-Scenes Weather Forecasting 128
17 Understanding Weather Forecasts and Maps 133
18 From Tundra to Tropics: A Guide to the Climates of the World 144
19 A Cornucopia of Climates: The Rich Diversity of U.S. Weather 150
20 Wild and Wonderful Weather: Fascinating Statistics and Trivia 160
21 Are Woolly Bears Weatherwise?: A Guide to Fact and Folklore 170
22 Peering Into the Crystal Ball: The Weather and Our Future 179
23 How to Become a Weather Watcher 185
Average Monthly Temperatures for 100 U.S. Cities 192
Glossary 198
Index 208
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