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Weather For Dummies [Paperback]

John D. Cox
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October 9, 2000 0764552430 978-0764552434 1
What’s going on up there when the rain falls, when the wind blows, when the clouds roll in and the lightning flashes? How do hurricanes arise and where to tornadoes come from? Why do seasonal conditions sometimes vary so much from one year to the next? Our ways of life, our very existences depend on knowing the answers to questions like these. Economies have been wiped out, civilizations have risen and fallen, entire species have come into being or gone extinct because of a temperature shift of just a few degrees, or a brief shortage or glut of rainfall. With so much riding on the weather, it makes you wonder how you’ve lived this long without knowing more about it.

Don’t worry it’s never too late to find out about what makes the weather tick.

And there’s never been an easier or more enjoyable way to learn than Weather For Dummies. In know time, you’ll know enough of weather basics to be able to:

  • Identify cloud types
  • Make sense of seasonal differences in the weather
  • Understand what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme events
  • Make your own weather forecasts
  • Avoid danger during severe weather
  • Understand the global warming debate
  • Get a handle on smog, the greenhouse effect, El Niño, and more

Award-winning science writer John D. Cox brings the science of meteorology down to earth and, with the help of dozens of cool maps and charts and stunning photographs of weather conditions, he covers a wide range of fascinating subjects, including:

  • What is weather and how it fits into the entire global ecosystem
  • What goes into making a professional daily weather forecast
  • The basic elements of weather, including air pressure, clouds, and humidity
  • Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, and other extreme forms of weather
  • Seasonal weather effects and why they vary
  • Lightening, rainbows, sundogs, haloes, and other special effects

Featuring clear explanations, stunning illustrations, and fun, easy experiments and activities you can do at home , Weather For Dummies is your guide to making sense of  the baffling turmoil of the ever-changing skies above.


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From the Publisher

Discover how to:
* Identify cloud types
* Understand what causes tornadoes to form
* Avoid danger during severe weather
* Understand the global warming debate

From the Back Cover

"The baffling turmoil of our ever-changing skies will seem much less baffling" Keay Davidson, author, Carl Sagan: A Life

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!

Discover how to: Identify cloud types Understand what causes tornadoes to form Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate

Get smart! www.dummies.com


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 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weather for Dummies 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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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weather for Dummies January 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
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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26 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reader-Friendly Reference February 22, 2004
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners March 27, 2010
By Bims
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Weather November 1, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference for weather nerds August 8, 2013
By Denise
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand and a Great Book! February 6, 2010
By C. Blue
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good description of meteorology for the layman July 11, 2009
Format:Paperback
I waited a long time to buy this book until I could get a bargain copy through amazon.com and I was not disappointed! Dr. Cox explains the science of weather so well that anyone with even a smattering of education can understand it. He also brought us up to date on the latest
"toys" used by the weathermen and weathercasters to inform us all of something that we all talk about but few of us understand.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Good book, now don't get me wrong. However cross referenced some info. in this book to a meteorological text book and they didn't match :(
Published 1 month ago by NYB
5.0 out of 5 stars Dummy no more
we are living in a time where there is extremes in weather. weather for dummies helped make the mystery of metrology easier to understand.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Since I consider myself a dummy, I expect to learn a great deal from this one and tied in with Stormspotter classes with the local authorities it should come in handy.
Published 3 months ago by Thea M. Hein-Mathen
5.0 out of 5 stars I just finished reading this book
This was a very informative weather book. I found it very enjoyable to read and I picked up a lot of new information.
Published 4 months ago by Kirsten Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great intro book to understand why the weather is the way it is for...
No formulas and easy to understand, great into book. I ;love most of the dummy books as intros and then I have a jump to go further into the subject field of study.
Published 7 months ago by Betty Jean Fessler
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple Explanation of Weather
Great simple explanation of weather. My kids have read this for science and even during a few big storms!!! Would be useful for many age groups.
Published 8 months ago by TBriggsJohnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
If weather is your weakness like mine, this is a great book! You will really learn a lot1 Highly recommended! Very well written!
Published 10 months ago by Blazebeater
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Understand Weather Info - Learned Much From This Book
Since I was a child, severe weather has made me fearful and I had no basic understanding of weather. After reading this book, I understand WHY severe weather is going to approach. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Daisy
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Got this as an aid to helicopter training manuals which talk about weather and are poorly written. This book is pretty straight-forward, easy to follow and a light read.
Published 11 months ago by Brian Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Weather for dummies is a very good book.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know anything about the weather.
This book explains every part of the weather very good. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Chris H.
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