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Restless Skies: The Ultimate Weather Book Paperback – October 25, 2004


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition, First Printing edition (October 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760761132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760761137
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,410,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Meteorologist Douglas informs Twin Cities TV viewers about local weather, and his eclectic volume on the subject holds together by emphasizing safety strategies for use in dangerous weather. Definitely a trait qualifying the work for library use, the safety angle is focused on the U.S and packed with a compendium of historical information about disasters. He also contributes his perspective as the weatherman, who seems to authoritatively predict the future, by stressing that forecasting is more an art than a science. Douglas devotes a good portion of the text to the technology on which forecasting relies, explaining the collection of data from radar and satellites, and their crunching by computer models. Packaged with copious imagery, Douglas' advice is a comforting source for readers wanting to prepare for the next thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane. Gilbert Taylor
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“Paul uses his 25 years...as a meteorologist to let readers explore the why and how of weather.” —Mike Seidel, Weather Channel meteorologist
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Doulas has the gift of explaining complex phenomena in simple layman's language.
Dutchman
I got this book on impulse at the library, and now have to order copies for myself and my brother.
JMD
Overall, I think Restless Skies is a terrific, informative book that is easy to read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dutchman on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
It was the name, Paul Douglas, that caught my attention. I remembered seeing him many years ago on Ted Kopple's Nightline. Then, not very long ago, I watched him doing a guest stint on CBS' morning show. Friends, who I visited in Minneapolis this summer, pointed out that he is considered to be the best television meteorologist in the Twin Cities. So, based on what I knew about him I bought the book - and I was not disappointed.

On over 250 pages the author packs a wealth of information, enhanced by hundreds of excellent illustrations. There is no technical jargon in this book. This is not a textbook. Doulas has the gift of explaining complex phenomena in simple layman's language. It covers case histories from hurricanes in Florida, ice storms in the Northeast to the 1995 heat storm in Chicago.

In light of last year's four hurricanes in Florida and this year's devastation by Katrina and Rita in the South, the two chapters on hurricanes and tornadoes alone are worth the price of admission.

The attractive book is in a large format, the kind you may not want to stick on your bookhelf, but place on a coffee table.

Because many will want to look through it, and probably wind up ordering it
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David Penzell on September 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I purchased Restless Skies last Christmas and kept it on my coffee table to read through, refer to and admire the photos. It was not just a coffee table book but also became a great resource for the wild and unpredictable weather we all seem to experience.

Over the course of the year family and friends who were visiting me would often pick up the book and begin reading through it more and more. I then decided that I would start giving Restless Skies as gifts to my friends and family for birthdays and other gift giving occasions

The genuine and sincere number of thank you's that I have received for giving this gift could fill a book in its own right. They not only love the information contained in it but the writing style of Paul Douglas the author and the photography ties the whole package together.

It is rare to find a great book that can double not only as a resource but have so many awesome photos in it that qualifies for the coffee table in the den or living room. Restless Skies does it for me and all the folks that we bought it for.

A great book and a great read - definitely a keeper!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JMD on August 3, 2005
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Restless Skies lives up to its subtitle: The Ultimate Weather Book. I got this book on impulse at the library, and now have to order copies for myself and my brother. Paul Douglas explains everything a layman would want to know about weather, including what to do in every possible situation. From rainbows and black ice to hurricanes and blizzards, all explained in delightfully easy prose. Photographs and illustrations generously pack these pages. Numerous sidebars provide interesting trivia and information to supplement the major sections. I especially appreciate the explanations of what weathermen mean by various terms...like the difference between "storm watch" and "storm warning", and the difference between "partly cloudy" and "partly sunny".This book is worth getting for the photographs alone, but if you take the time to read it (it's developed in nice coffee break-size segments), you'll discover the answers to all sorts of things you've wondered about over the years. It's really fun!My one gripe is the inclusion of the Johnstown Flood in the Top 15 U.S. Weather and Climate Disasters -- I just don't think a poorly maintained dam breaking qualifies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ken Ryan on September 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for people mildly interested in weather phenomena all the way to hard core 'weather junkies'. Paul Douglas, who is very popular in the Twin Cities, covers a wide range of weather topics, focusing on extreme weather conditions that grip our attention, like tornadoes and hurricanes, and even addresses politically sensitive issues like global warming. His style is sufficiently scientific to satisfy serious weather buffs, yet the book is an easy read. I learned a lot of details about weather phenomena that actually should help me understand the next extreme weather situation in my area. The photos are spectacular. My kids, who study weather in elementary school, really enjoy the book too. Cool photos.
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