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ISBN-13: 078-5555026827 ISBN-10: 0764552430 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552434
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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Discover how to:
* Identify cloud types
* Understand what causes tornadoes to form
* Avoid danger during severe weather
* Understand the global warming debate

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Includes hot maps and cool photos of weather phenomena!

Are you dazzled by dramatic displays of thunder and lightning — and wonder why these forces of nature occur? This guide offers easy-to-understand explanations about meteorological concepts, from jet streams to tornadoes and El Niño. Inside, you'll find experiments and activities you can do at home, plus insight on smog, the greenhouse effect, and more!

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Customer Reviews

The author explains things in an easy to understand manner.
Laron F. Woods
This book is pretty straight-forward, easy to follow and a light read.
Brian Carpenter
I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in weather.
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89 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Daniel on November 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those of us interested more in the weather and less in stuffy meteorology. I now have an understanding of "relative humidity" and why a "dry heat" is more comfortable than humid heat. I now know where some weather proverbs come from, such as "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." (There's actually factual basis for this proverb.)
This book makes a nice coffee table book, and it lends itself to casual reading. But if you're serious about the weather, you can get a lot from this book as well. There's a chapter on setting up your own weather instruments at home and keeping a weather diary. And the appendix lists a number of websites where you can learn even more about the weather. No more glib answers from me when someone says, "How about this weather?"
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gordon J. Denno on January 5, 2007
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It was a basic book on starting to understand weather, which is what I was looking for. I was able to read and understand more advanced books on the subject after that one. It served its purpose.
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Virgil Brown VINE VOICE on February 22, 2004
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Weather is a subject that everyone knows something about. However that's just where John Cox starts. So one knows about Doppler radar? How about polar orbiters? So one has always heard the expression "it's too cold to snow?" Is it really?
Of course this is a reader-friendly book. But I will wager that it will soon turn into a handy reference book that is frequently pulled from the shelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bims on March 27, 2010
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If you know very little about the whys & wherefores of weather then this is the book for you. It is a light read and gives you all you need to know. You won't be able to work as a professional weatherman, but you will get a good grasp of the intricate science of meteorology. I recommend the book and the price is right.
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2000
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Very good book on the topic. It gives a great description and count on how weather forms for example hurricanes like el nino. I am glad that dummies finally put out a book on weather. Nice job John D. Cox. It's good to see a new writer in this field!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Denise on August 8, 2013
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If you're interested in the weather and want a simple explanation for the science behind it, then this book is for you. It's lighthearted approach makes this book, not only informative, but fun to read.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By renato medini on August 30, 2011
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this book is ok for me, but some stuff could be improved:
1) Synoptical weather maps are absent. A comparison between a satellite image and a classic analogic map would be very useful; a link among fronts and front lines could help to understand dynamics, location, range, pressure fields, gradients, etc;
2) Sometimes, informations about phenomena and more often weather damages are replied in different chapters;
3) It's not so clear the difference between hurricanes and tornadoes.
4) On page 157, fig. 7-4: it could be very interesting to associate every hurricane track to its name;
5) It's not so clear about the method used to classify weather disasters; to avoid confusion , it would be better to choose a criterion to follow and list a single sequence,
6) The whole text is related only to USA weather;
7) Please, use SI (international system of units); the whole planet spent a lot of money to unify it;
8) The list of weather links at the end of the book is a very useful tool.

Renato Medini (Italy)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Blue on February 6, 2010
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If you would like a general understanding of the weather this is the book! It's an easy read and full of information. The good thing is that you won't need a scientific dictionary to get through this book. Highly recommended.
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