The USA Today Weather Book: An Easy-To-Understand Guide to the USA's Weather

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Featuring the full-color weather graphics of America's favorite newspaper, here is a newly revised edition of the most readable guide to our nation's weather. It also includes an updated state-by-state guide to weather patterns and scientifically accurate records. Online promo.

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 ...

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Overview

Featuring the full-color weather graphics of America's favorite newspaper, here is a newly revised edition of the most readable guide to our nation's weather. It also includes an updated state-by-state guide to weather patterns and scientifically accurate records. Online promo.

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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Editorial Reviews

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.)
Library Journal
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: 9780679776659
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 293,369
  • Product dimensions: 8.49 (w) x 10.84 (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 May 1, 2011

    If you only buy one book about weather, buy this one.

    This book explains both the fundamental physics of weather and the complex interaction of air masses in a way that can be grasped by almost anyone. I just wish a new edition would come out with the latest science and computer modeling advances explained as well. If a new edition comes out, I will buy it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    A must read for any weather buff

    This book helped me understand so many different concepts about the weather. I first purchased it as a teenager who had been fascinated by the weather her whole life, but who didn't know the terminology or nuances of weather. This book made it SO easy to understand, and the graphics and pictures were incredibly helpful. I'd recommend it to anyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2005

    Great book for the average weather geek.

    This book is great for the average weather geek. The graphics are good and the chapters flow. If you have basic questions about our atmosphere this book should serve you well. Meteorologist Fred Yco (AMS & NWA)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2000

    One Of The Greatest Weather Books

    It is a great book. Very informative, with great graphics. I would recommend this weather book to anybody who loves weather. I cannot think of anything wrong with this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    Great book (and reasonably priced) for any age !

    A great book for anyone who wants to know almost anything about the weather. The graphics are superb; the text is very readable; the price is right. I personally own the first edition, but am ordering the revised one. I list this book as a supplemental resource in the college-level courses I teach in Physical Geography, Weather and Climate, and Climatology. My students are very impressed (and very grateful) for this publication - every semester, several of them purchase it for their own use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2000

    The Weather Book

    I really enjoyed this book. I found it easy to understand, and the graphics were fantastic. This is a great way to learn a little more about the weather and to understand more about our atmosphere. I as a student who plans to someday be a meterologist, felt that this book was definately worth my money. I also liked the fact that I could start wherever I wanted and the majority of it still made great sense. Enjoy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    OK

    I liked it, but in some parts it could have been a little bit better.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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