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The Weather Companion: An Album of Meteorological History, Science, and Folklore Paperback – October 14, 1988

ISBN-13: 978-0471620792 ISBN-10: 0471620793 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Wiley Science Editions (Book 34)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 14, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471620793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471620792
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,380,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-- A compendium of weather fact and folklore, from ancient weather myths to current research. Weather of the past, weather tools, weather phenomena, and weather predictions all help explain the lore and scientific facts of everyday weather experiences. Black-and-white line drawings are used in the extensive illustrations.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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A fascinating look at weather, including a wealth of unusual proverbial and naturalist lore. Makes the vagaries of the weather comprehensible, from the point of view of naturalists, and both modern and ancient meteorologists. Describes several ``natural barometers'', and explains the basis of some old-time weather lore. Can one predict rain from the behavior of insects, birds, or other animals? Was there a Great Flood? The author addresses these and many other fascinating questions in entertaining, nontechnical language. Incorporates historical information based on records from past centuries to the present. Illustrated.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steve Horstmeyer on May 11, 1998
Format: Paperback
I reviewed this book for the American Meteorological Society and was quite surprised, negatively, that a respected publisher like Wiley could allow so much inaccurate information to be published. This book is poorly edited, poorly conceived and generally not a book that should be recommended for the casual reader looking for solid information on meteorology.
For example when discussing lightning, rather than give the best advice, which would be, "do not stand near trees, get inside if at all possible", Lockhart proceeds with a ridiculous discussion on which tree species get struck least and most often. He then proceeds to give the dangerous advice on which tree species to stand under in case lightning is near. It is probably a function of where a particular tree resides (i.e. ridge vs. valley) and has nothing to do with what is considered by professionals to be meteorology.
This book is a good example of a little knowledge (on the author's part) being a dangerous thing.
There are many excellent books for the lay reader on meteorology, this is NOT one of them, in fact it is among the worst I have seen in 22 years as a professional meteorologist.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Weather Companion, by Gary Lockhart is a very interesting weather book. Unlike what Amazon.com says, my book only has 230 pages ( not 240 ) and is including index, and Bibliography. Great book that goes through most elements of weather, from clouds to storms to hurricanes to a few anecdotes. A good book to buy, it is very good for a person who is just starting to crave knowledge of the weather.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. on September 21, 2000
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This book is not a professional meteorological source and should not be read as one. It is however an excellent catalyst for curiousity and although I found it did not answer all my questions, it approached weather legend with scientific results which, though they were not extensive studies, presented possibilites for further studies. The Weather Companion is a book for the beginner in meterorology of for a meteorologist who wishes to explore a different aspect of the weather. Plants and animals have natural indicators of current and possibly future weather, this book brings up a topic which should studied further. INTERESTING READ.....DO NOT USE FOR SERIOUS RESEARCH OR PROJECTS without additional information.
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