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Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region (California Natural History Guides) Paperback – October 1, 1962


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Product Details

  • Series: California Natural History Guides (Book 6)
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: University of California Press (October 1, 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520004698
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520004696
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.8 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,807,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on May 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Ever wonder why it's SO COLD at Candlestick Park? Ever wonder why there's so much summer fog, and why it burns off in by Noon? Ever wonder why it can be 45 in San Francisco and 100 in San Jose? Harold Gilliam's concise little book will tell you!
His explanations of the cyclic weather patterns of the Bay Area, and the interactions between ocean-born events and the coastal, Bay and mountain geographies are easy to understand. Even more enticingly, they're easy to observe.
A great read for anyone who lives in (or even visits) the Bay Area.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pumpkin King on March 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
This short book provides a very understandable explanation of how Bay Area weather is formed by topography, winds, and the ocean. He devotes sections to the four seasons, in which he tells how the fog is formed, where storms come from, and why there is so much variation within Bay Area microclimates. He also has a chapter on clouds, and a concluding chapter on climate change. I never knew much about weather (besides what I understood from forecasts on TV: sunny, partly cloudy, rain, etc.), but now I appreciate more the unique climates of the SF Bay region.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 1998
Format: Paperback
With great love and with a scientist's objectivity Mr. Gilliam goes thruogh a year's cycle of the unique passage of fog, rain, warmth, and haunting beauty of the changing seasons. But he is no mere puff writer. He tells us why, and where, these events begin. Anyone who is familiar with the books by George R. Stewart on the history and climate of Northern California, should not miss this.
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Format: Paperback
"Weather of the San Francisco Bay Region" loses nothing by its 1962 publication date from its lucid explanation of the high variable weather conditions found in tne Bay area. Author Harold Gilliam systematically breaks down the whys and wherefores of the fog, the winds, the bay, the hills and the swings of conditions from summer to fall to winter to spring. Diagrams and photographs help illustrate his straightforward narrative. This reviewer particularly enjoyed his explanation of the unusual phenomenon known as "fog drip", in which a clump of trees can create an mini-rain forest in the midst of an otherwise dry area. Highly recommended, even in used condition, to Bay area residents and visitors; more recent editions are available.
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