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Product Details

  • Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press; 1st edition (October 20, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0295988479
  • ISBN-13: 978-0295988474
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Cliff Mass has written an excellent, clear and comprehensive survey of weather in this region covering the origin and incidence of all major weather phenomena in the Northwest from rain to wind to snow to drought to optical illusions. Weather, as Cliff makes abundantly clear, is not just a source of griping or amusement or awe in this region, but often a life and death matter." David Laskin, author of Rains All the Time and The Children's Blizzard "The book uniquely includes solid scientific rigor in explanations that help to unravel the many mysteries and curiosities of the weather in the Pacific Northwest. It provides an unsurpassed opportunity to interested laypersons and weather enthusiasts to learn not only about the many weather events that occur in the Northwest but also to understand the meteorological principles that are at the root of their existence." Brad Colman, NOAA/National Weather Service

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"Cliff Mass has written an excellent, clear and comprehensive survey of weather in this region covering the origin and incidence of all major weather phenomena in the Northwest from rain to wind to snow to drought to optical illusions. Weather, as Cliff makes abundantly clear, is not just a source of griping or amusement or awe in this region, but often a life and death matter." - David Laskin, author of Rains All the Time and The Children's Blizzard

"The book uniquely includes solid scientific rigor in explanations that help to unravel the many mysteries and curiosities of the weather in the Pacific Northwest. It provides an unsurpassed opportunity to interested laypersons and weather enthusiasts to learn not only about the many weather events that occur in the Northwest but also to understand the meteorological principles that are at the root of their existence." - Brad Colman, NOAA/National Weather Service


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Mass explains all of this in an accessible, easy to understand way.
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This book does an excellent job of explaining much of the weather patterns you'll see in the NW and is full of very helpful illustrations and figures.
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I highly recommend this book to anyone needing or wanting to know more about PNW weather!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Sanguine on November 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
As a Northwest transplant, I've always wondered why the storms out here are so very different from those in the midwest. Mass explains all of this in an accessible, easy to understand way. The illustrations are gorgeous, and the full-color graphics help the reader under the mechanics and movement of weather. I love the discussion of the historical floods (including the whopper in December 2006 that felt of hurricane intensity) and the chapter on how to "forecast" the weather on your own. This is a truly great weather and climate book -- straightforward yet complex, sober in its science yet exciting in its practical immediacy. I've already bought an extra copy for a friend for Christmas who is a committed weather buff.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By cltinseattle on January 27, 2009
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If you live in the Pacific Northwest and you are interested in our weather - and how can you not be? - this is the book for you. Cliff Mass gets you interested by giving a history of some of our most noteworthy storms. The Columbus Day storm, The Inauguration Day storm, The Hannukah Eve storm, etc. For example: Why was the damage from the Hannukah Eve storm so much more extensive than the damage from the Columbus Day storm? Why are our storms not called hurricanes when we get them with hurricane force winds? This book also gives you the science behind our weather in easy to understand language with great illustrations. I only hope that Cliff will come out with another version someday that will remind us of events like the December 2008 "100-year" snowstorm that happened after this book was published.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Auntie Jo on February 5, 2009
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I purchased the book for my teenage nephew who loves anyting to do with weather. He couldn't put it down! Ran to tell his Grandparents about the great book and I think has committed the whole thing to memory by now!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric Jain on October 18, 2009
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Enjoyable, coffee table kind of book. Gives a good idea of regional weather features. Lots of space is devoted to unusual weather events, which is a must read if you plan to buy a house in the region.

Enough background is provided, so no special knowledge is required. The downside of this is that quite a bit of space is taken up by explanations of general principals and phenomena.

There is a short chapter on "reading the sky" towards the end, and the appendix contains some useful resources, but I expected more practical information on how to interpret the current weather situation.

In addition to reading this book, I recommend following the author's blog, which appears to be updated whenever there is an interesting weather situation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Vicent on April 4, 2009
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Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest, especially those who watch the skies and try to understand our crazy weather, have been given a great resource in this book. I have taken many science classes over the years, but I think the hardest subject to understand is the science of weather. Cliff Mass makes it clear for the lay person, without interjecting unnecessary terms and jargon. I have lived through many of the violent storms of the Puget Sound region, but now I understand the conditions that give rise to those events. Not only is the book clear without condescension, it is beautiful. The illustrations, graphs, and photos are worth the price of it. I have read the text avidly, and the pictures make it perfect for the coffee table. Now I don't just tell Seattle rain jokes, I am actually proud of our "convergent zones" and Stampede Gaps. If you live here, get the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Some Character on May 3, 2009
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As a kid, I would determine the weather for each day by looking out the window onto Puget Sound and seeing if the wind was from the North (shorts and T-shirt) of from the South (rain jacket required). This seemed a straight-forward way to handle things and it served me well. Imagine my surprise when I went to college in the Mid-West and then onto the East coast and weather changed wildly during a given day, didn't obviously depend upon the wind direction - and what's with this 'humidity' during the summer months - who's bright idea was that?!?

While I realized that the NW was blessed with mild, temperate weather (no humidity!), clearly my understand of NW weather left something to be desired.

Mass's book provides a clear, concise and informative presentation of the weather of our beloved Pacific NW - not just the 'whats' but also the 'hows' and 'whys'. And the book do so in an engaging manner, allowing the reader to come away from each segment with an understanding that will stand him/her in good stead next time the neighbors complain about the weather! You'll learn all the bits and pieces of NorthWestern weather, such as - spoiler alert - it really does rain more often on the fourth of July! The book is filled with lovely diagrams and pictures that demonstrate the points made in the text - and the book, itself, is well crafted and
ruggedly constructed - dare I say, hot tub proof?

Get the facts! The more you know....

And, finally, I have the tools to lustily 'critique' the weather forecasters on TV in the same fashion as I critique the rest of the news cast - watch out Mr. Steve Pool - I'm onto you now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur on September 17, 2009
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For those who find weather fascinating, this is a must book. Cliff writes in an engaging way and explains so we can all understand how patterns form and weather develops. Great for reference and just reading.
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