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The Cloud Collector's Handbook Hardcover – February 16, 2011
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"I immediately fell in love with The Cloud Collector's Handbook." - Brain Pickings
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has been just the thing. We have been able to use the book to gain points as
we "collect" different types and formations of clouds. We compare notes and meet
at McDonalds to discuss and see what we have collected. I have learned alot about
clouds and have come to appriciate them more. The book is well written and the
pictures are great. There is even a "cloud" web site to go to. Share a cloud
with your children or grandchildren. It's fun!!
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But there is another aspect to this book by Gavin Pretor-Pinney that makes it so special, and that is the fact that it contains some 150 splendid photographs of could formations discussed. These photographs, the courtesy of many photographers around the world, are dramatic and could easily be in a stand-alone book of images as a cloud monograph. So combining the adventure of cloud collection with Pretor-Pinney as guide and consultant together with these world class photographs in rich color makes this a book that would be a welcome addition to the library of anyone who spends time gazing upward - 'Out on the lawn I lie in bed...'(Auden). Grady Harp, May 11
Here are some things that could use some improvement:
(1). The section on Stratocumulus opens with a photo of scattered tall Cumulus clouds (Cumulus congestus). In the caption under this photo, the author says, "When Cumulus clouds become so plentiful that they join together and cover the sky, they are known as Stratocumulus." Although this caption correctly describes a way in which Stratocumulus forms, the caption does not describe the photo. The photo simply shows the wrong cloud type for this section of the book.
(2). The section on Lenticularis opens with a photo of a smooth lenticular cloud just above (perhaps even touching) a ragged patch of low cloud. The sharp upper edge and the lack of a visible fibrous structure in the lenticular cloud suggest that it is a water-droplet cloud, not an ice-crystal cloud. Yet, in the caption, the author says, "Lenticularis species of high Cirrus cloud." If the intent was to show lenticularis at the level of high clouds, it would have been better to aim the camera more horizontally (closer to the horizon) so that the great height of the lenticularis cloud above the lower clouds would be more noticeable.
(3). In the table of "Cumulus Species" in the section on Cumulus, the author describes "Humilis" as "wider than it is tall." I don't think the ratio between width and vertical thickness is a good measure of the species.Read more ›
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Great book. Will be a good resource and the small size make it easy to take along.Published 24 days ago by Terry A. Wilson
It's a dandy handbook for cloud and weather geeks. Has a taste of that British earnestness, which I find quite endearing (full disclosure: I've had a British wife for over 50... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bookhall
It was not exactly what I was expecting. To me it was not laid out in as user friendly manner as I had hoped.Published 5 months ago by Connie M Blowers
I was disappointed with this e-book. I thought it would be more comprehensive and educational, perhaps I saw it on Book bub and perhaps did not read the synopsis well. Read morePublished 5 months ago by dan