USA Today Weather Book

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Here's the most scientifically accurate, easy-to-understand weather guide ever. From the people who developed USA TODAY's style-setting weather page comes a revolutionary new approach to understanding how weather happens. Full-color graphics explain weather concepts from what makes the sky blue to how a tornado gets its twist.

The best, most readable and visually stimulating guide to our nation's weather--featuring the full-color graphics of the most popular section ...

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Overview

Here's the most scientifically accurate, easy-to-understand weather guide ever. From the people who developed USA TODAY's style-setting weather page comes a revolutionary new approach to understanding how weather happens. Full-color graphics explain weather concepts from what makes the sky blue to how a tornado gets its twist.

The best, most readable and visually stimulating guide to our nation's weather--featuring the full-color graphics of the most popular section of America's most popular newspaper.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The oft-disparaged USA Today has influenced the American press most notably in its thorough, graphic approach to weather. This book, written by the founding editor of the newspaper's weather page and illustrated by its artists, taps that expertise. Useful both as a reference work and a browse, the book presents a wealth of information, making complex ideas--such as why wind directions change with altitude--accessible through colorful maps and graphics. Chapters cover everything from storms to droughts, with a look at weather forecasting as well as the diversity of our country's weather. The chapters include interesting tidbits such as the effect of heat on an airplane's takeoff distance and the importance of seeking higher ground during a flood. Boxed sidebars examine weather disasters and profile weather scientists such as Jack Parrish, who flies into hurricanes to study them. In the margins Williams offers weather factoids such as Eskimo names for snow. Only infrequently does the newspaper's cutesy style grate, such as in a graphic headlined ``Inside the Sun: Our Life-Giving Inferno.'' Included are a glossary and weather record for all 50 states. (Apr.)
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Most people are familiar with the colorful maps and other graphics used on the weather page of USA Today . This book, by one of the founders of that page, supplies the background to better understand weather maps and a multitude of weather phenomena. As one might expect, the illustrations are outstanding and the text is readable and up to date. But the text is meaty as well. This is a very good detailed introduction to the field, complementary to David M. Ludlum's The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather (Knopf, 1991). The only negative aspect of the book is its narrow inner margins, making rebinding a problem. Recommended for public and high school libraries.-- Joseph Hannibal, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679736691
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 8.53 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
1 USA's wild weather: Heat, cold, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods - the world's wildest weather 1
2 How the sun causes weather: Where the sun shines starts all weather 13
3 Why the winds blow: Air pressure differences put our weather on the move 31
4 Storms, fronts: The battleground of weather 47
5 What makes rain? Clouds, fog, rain, snow and sleet occur as water changes its form 63
6 Floods, droughts: The extremes of the Earth's natural water cycle 83
7 Snow and ice: An ordinary winter storm can turn into rain or a monster blizzard 97
8 Thunderstorms and tornadoes: They are among nature's most destructive forces 115
9 Hurricanes: Winds can top 150 mph, but the big danger is the storm surge 139
10 Sky watching: Clouds, rainbows, halos and contrails 163
11 How to predict the weather: How forecasts are made and how accurate they are 181
12 The future of Earth: Greenhouse effect and loss of ozone could be bringing bigger changes 197
State-by-state records: Hottest, coldest, wettest and major weather events 219
Glossary 222
Index 226
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2007

    Look to the skies...and understand our universe.

    For those who want to learn about the weather, in content everyone can understand, this is the best source I have ever found. Professionally prepared, but even the most novice of readers will benefit from this well prepared source of information.

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