Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

by Paul Yeager


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The myths, history, wives-tales, oddities, and wonders of a subject that comes up every day: the weather.

Weather enthusiasts (or just the weather-curious) will discover surprising facts, myths, and oddities in this fascinating book of useful (and sometimes useless) information. With his expertise as a meteorologist and editor, Paul Yeager takes readers on a journey through the curious world of weather, revealing myths and misconceptions, sharing weird phenomena, and explaining how weather has affected history. Readers will discover a host of fascinating weather facts, including:

•Which city is actually the windiest

• How the temperature affects tire pressure

•Why humidity makes hair go limp or frizzy

•Why a coming storm causes sore joints

•Why watering a garden after it rains is a good idea

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399535703
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Yeager is the managing editor of and a freelance writer. As a child, he was annoyed when reading, writing, and arithmetic were referred to as the “Three R’s,” and he hasn’t changed a bit over the years. He lives in Altoona, PA.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

1 Bite-Size Morsels: Weather Basics 1

2 It Always Rains in Seattle: Myths and Misconceptions 29

3 Weird Weather: Unusual and Surprising Phenomena 63

4 From Our Forefathers to Hurricane Katrina: Weather History 91

5 Field of Dreams: Sports-Related Weather 113

6 What Does "Red Sky at Night" Mean? Weather Wives' Tales 135

7 Planes, Trains, and Crops: How Weather Affects Transportation and Crops 161

8 The Weather Is Everywhere: Health and Home 183

Resources 201

Index 203

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