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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Peterson First Guide
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 2nd edition (February 20, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395906636
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395906637
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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Customer Reviews

This is a great guide to clouds.
DB BluBlock Productions
My grandson will love this for Christmas. size is very nice. easy reading and following along. good index and not too complicated to look up certain subjects.
Corinne Y. Elkins
I've always been interested in the study of weather and cloud formations; this book answered my questions.
marsha placke

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a great beginners book. The text is easy to read and the pictures are beautiful. It came in particularly handy for my cloud physics class in which I had to keep a cloud journal.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Nopity Nopelstein VINE VOICE on March 10, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is an extremely handy book for making super quick predictions on the skies. Shows all sorts of different cloud formations and what they're bringing with them. Also nice photos of thunderstorms, lightning, etc. Good one to pick up just because.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hillbilly Hippie on March 2, 2013
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I was hoping this book would aid me in gaining a general idea of the weather to be expected by simply observing the sky and nature - it does not. There is plenty of useful information in this little book (which is mostly photos and diagrams), but if you are an outdoorsman or outdoorswoman looking for a few "tips" or bits of weather folklore to use on a day-to-day basis, then this is definitely not the book for you.

If you want to learn to identify clouds, understand basic weather, and answer some nonpractical (to the everyday guy/gal) questions you've had about weather and the atmosphere, then get this book. Otherwise, I would recommend you pass this text by and find another, or at least look at this text only as supplemental material to what you are actually looking for.

Again, this text is not bad, but it is not what I was looking for and the description had me thinking it might hold those qualities, but it does not. On the plus side, you can read all 124 pages (cover to cover, minus index) in less than an hour and you'll have some decent pictures to help you identify clouds.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nopity Nopelstein VINE VOICE on March 9, 2002
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This is a nice, simple, easy to read book on different types of clouds and weather conditions. Fast reference when you need 'em!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bear Magnet on January 30, 2010
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I definitely recommend this book as an introduction to weather and clouds. It's inexpensive and small enough to be portable. The illustrations are nice. The text straightforward. It was especially helpful to me spending time on an ornithology project needing weather descriptions, including cloud types, every hour.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Allen Smalling TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 28, 2012
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This PETERSON FIRST GUIDE TO CLOUDS AND WEATHER is okay in identifying weather formations, especially clouds. However, it is rather slim (128 pp.) and getting quite long in the tooth (14 years old and counting). The NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN WEATHER is of similar vintage and trim size but has over four times the page count, of course is much more detailed, and is vinyl-bound, yet costs (as of this writing) a little less than twice as much. The coffee-table-book-sized AMS WEATHER BOOK (THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO AMERICAN WEATHER) is both impressive and up-to-date, with great photos of weather conditions (especially the most extreme kinds) and state-of-the-art info about weather predictors like Doppler Radar. If you are very used to the Peterson First Guide format from other books, though, and are attracted by the low price, this is probably quite all right as a basic guide.

A caveat for all these books is that they apply to North America only, and pretty much just the USA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cassondra Davison on January 1, 2012
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I received this book as a Christmas gift and have already used it numerous times. Keeping in mind that this book is strictly for reference and offers little in-depth insight to cloud cause and development, this is certainly a book to keep handy as a pocket guide. Peterson First Guides are the masters when it comes to at-a-glance identification, and this book is certainly no exception.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Mckinzie VINE VOICE on December 18, 2009
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I have seen one other book that I thought did a better job (and can't remember the name of it, unfortunately) but this one is pretty good. It's not too technical (although more so than the other one I saw) and has some good information about clouds and weather.
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