Field Guide to Snowflakes
One of nature's most beautiful mysteries, snowflakes have long been a source of profound fascination for scientists and nature-lovers alike. Accompanied by micro-photography, Kenneth Libbrecht’s guide chronicles the extraordinary creation process of the snow crystal, noting that even today the mystery of its astonishing construction remains unsolved.
A Visual Guide
Beginning with chapters explaining how ‘the weather engine’ works and the role of water, this guide uses diagrams, photographs and satellite imagery, along with concise and informative text, to cover all aspects of weather and climate, including extreme phenomena such as lightning, ice storms and tornadoes, and ending with chapters on global climate and changing climate from the age of the dinosaurs to the threats of ozone depletion and global warming. Slightly off-mint.
How Britain Has Been Forged by the Wind
The menacing low-pressure system (dubbed Low Z by the meteorological community), gale-force winds and resulting storm surge of 31 January 1953 took 307 lives around the coast of Britain, inundating Canvey Island and its 10,000 inhabitants and sinking the Princess Victoria car ferry off Stranraer, along with 105 passengers. Beattie’s account draws on meteorology, literature and social history to describe how the wind, with its storms and prevailing breezes, has affected Britain’s landscapes and people.
Setting Up a Weather Station and Understanding the Weather
A Guide for the Amateur Meteorologist
This comprehensive beginner’s guide explains how and where to measure the weather – from rainfall and air pressure to sunshine and humidity – using instruments as simple as rain gauges and barometers, as well as the more sophisticated automatic weather station, which can log and store observations wirelessly. There is advice on how to observe phenomena including the wind, visibility and clouds without instruments, how to interpret data meteorologically, and how to share results with meteorological organizations.
And Soon I Heard A Roaring Wind
A Natural History of Moving Air
Before the advent of weather forecasting, ships were wrecked with alarming frequency, and even today’s mathematical modelling of cyclones fails to be completely reliable. Bill Streever sets sail aboard his own yacht to discover the power of the wind first hand, while narrating an engaging history of our understanding of this force of nature, and its impact on commerce, politics and war. The book features lively portraits of meteorological pioneers including Robert Fitzroy, creator of the first published weather forecast. Felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
The Weather Experiment
The Pioneers Who Sought to See the Future
Modern weather forecasts owe their existence to the eclectic group of 19th-century mavericks who created meteorological science; they included such figures as Sir Francis Beaufort, who quantified winds, the pharmacist Luke Howard, who classified clouds, and Admiral Robert FitzRoy, who issued Britain’s first storm warning in 1861. This book describes how they developed their radical theories, devised new instruments and attempted to convince governments of the moral duty to give the public advance warning of storms.
Campbell's Weather Compendium
How big was the largest-known snowflake? What is the speed of a falling raindrop? How many people survive being struck by lightning? And where is the windiest place on the planet? This miscellany of meteorological trivia is interspersed with weather-related jokes, literary quotations and seasonal recipes – in short, a deluge of material to use next time you find yourself conversing about the British climate.
Exploring the Weather
Brian Clegg's engaging illustrated guide explains both the complex systems which cause different weather conditions and the problems we still face in developing models to make more accurate long- and short-term predictions. From the terror of lightning and tornadoes to the calm beauty of sunsets and rainbows, he urges us to look anew at the wonders of the planet's atmosphere; but also considers the threats posed by solar flares, extreme weather and climate change.