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Soul of the Sky: Exploring the Human Side of Weather Paperback – June 30, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Mount Washington Observatory; First Edition edition (June 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0931134994
  • ISBN-13: 978-0931134999
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 7 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,457,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are stories of tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, fog, ice storms, and lightning to name a few. In these, the unruly atmosphere not only provokes a memorable event, but also serves as a backdrop while the human drama plays out. Often, the storms retold in Soul of the Sky damage property and take lives, but that is not all. Weather, however adverse, can bring communities and families together and cause us to reassess whats most valuable in our lives. You cannot read these stories without recalling your own experiences with weather. Be it wind, lashing rain, the threat of hurricane or tornado, a muggy day we have all been there, measuring it with the instrument we know best: ourselves." -- Weatherwise Magazine, November/December, 1999

"This anthologys contributors take weather personally, writing about everything from drought in Georgia to snow storms in New England and how climate changes affect their lives. Annie Dillard evokes Tinker Creek in flood; Robert Henson recalls the tornadoes of his Oklahoma upbringing; Diane Ackerman reminds us how to watch the sky." -- The Orlando Sentinel, October 3, 1999

"To bring the mechanics and the science of weather together with its deep and pervasive effects on human life and thought is the purpose of this book, one which is accomplished so well that the reader wants more! Its difficult to impossible to pick a favorite of the 22 essay. If youre a cloud lover, and a weather lover, the Soul of the Sky." -- The Conway Daily Sun, September 10, 1999

"a handsome, lyrical book" -- Boulder Sunday Camera, July 25, 1999

"collections of essays, some new, some republished, by the best at their craft about places and conditions that anchor our humanity to the planet. If youve cowered in wonder as the weather made small of our trappings..theres plenty to carry you back in your minds eye." -- American Scientist Magazine, November-December 1999

About the Author

Dave Thurlow is host and editor of The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio program produced by the Mount Washington Weather Observatory. Trained as a meteorologist, he has worked as a naturalist, education consultant and weather observer from Mount Washington to the South Pole.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Babjim1 on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
The stories in this book will bring back memories of storms you have weathered throughout your life. And if you've never experienced some of nature's harshest weather, you'll get a real feel for it after reading this book. It was quite a fascinating read.
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By Susan Strom on January 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Soul of the Sky" is fresh rain amidst the usual smorgasbord of weather textbooks and technical guides. Exploring the personal side of the weather, "Soul of the Sky" is a compilation of well written stories of human interaction with the weather. As a stormchaser myself, I particularly enjoyed "Only a Storm", an essay by Robert Henson about life under the moody skies of Tornado Alley.
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