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"In this richly illustrated book, Cliff Mass draws on his distinguished research career in the Puget Sound area to provide a fascinating account of the weather and climate of the region.. Covered in separate chapters are floods, snow storms and ice storms, windstorms, sea breezes, land breezes and slope winds, mountain-related phenomena, and even optical phenomena such as mirages that give the impression of 'floating ferries.'.. With this material in hand, anyone can become an informed armchair weather forecaster."―BC Studies

"This book cleverly combines the best of four genres: a coffee-table book, an almanac of typical and extreme weather, a narrative of significant weather disasters in the Pacific Northwest United States, and a scientific discussion of the reasons for this weather.. This book could enhance high-school science and geography classes, and would be an important resource and text book for university undergrads in meteorology survey courses."―Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Mass' book, The Weather of the Pacific Northwest, is terrific, with great explanations of the many phenomena that impact our region, and with clear charts, graphics, and excellent photos to match."―Crosscut.com

"The Weather of the Pacific Northwest offers a clearly written, well-illustrated, and interesting look at the varied weather of this region of the country . . . . The book is written so as to be most appealing to the layperson rather than the serious academic researcher. Recommended."―Choice

"The book draws on the most current science . . . . It's written in a clear, simple style aimed at the layman, but with enough sophistication and detail to satisfy serious weather aficionados. Colorful photos and graphics enliven the text and make technical concepts easier to grasp."―Seattle Times

"These captivating facts from a local atmospheric science guru will elevate your chitchat from 'Hey look, it's raining again,' to 'Do you know the origins of the Pineapple Express?' ."―Seattle Magazine

"The Weather of the Pacific Northwest is a handsome tome . . . . And his book, like few other books ever could, hits us where we live."―City Living

"We grouse about it. We joke about it. We gab about it. But the one thing many of us seldom do with Northwest weather is develop some knowledge about it. That no longer need be the case with the arrival of Cliff Mass' illuminating new book, The Weather of the Pacific Northwest . . . . an often-fascinating examination of the whys and wheres of this region's complex weather, an appealing volume greatly enhanced by lavish color photos, diagrams and graphs . . . . [and] a worthy new addition to bookshelves throughout this region, especially for residents who would rather garner some insight into Northwest weather and not just grouse about it."―Seattle Post-Intelligencer

"[The Weather of the Pacific Northwest] may be used to teach 101-level college courses, but it's aimed at us, the weather-using public. There's a sky-spotting index for armchair forecasters, easy-to-follow charts and diagrams, and some disaster lore to help illustrate what happens when low-pressure zones and jet stream deviations collide."―Seattle Weekly

"A fine and authoritative account of the region's remarkably varied weather."―Oregon Historical Quarterly

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"During the past decade, several other books have appeared purporting to explain Pacific Northwest weather for the general public, but this is the first book to get it right. . . . it succeeds in the nearly impossible task of creating a book that is appealing and understandable to the general public, while being extremely valuable and informative to the professional meteorologist and the atmospheric-science student."―American Meteorological Society, American Meteorological Society

"What used to be thought of as the quietly gray weather of the Northwest may now be recognized as a titanic struggle of the weather gods; full of avalanches, non―tropical cyclones, and weather induced mirages. Turn off the TV weather, read this book, and get in touch with the magic dance of Northwestern wind, waves, and water."―Congressman Jay Insleeco―, author of Apollo's Fire: Igniting American's Clean Energy Economy

"Great progress has been made in understanding the often challenging and always interesting weather of the Pacific Northwest. Cliff Mass has either participated in or directed much of that work. Readers will directly benefit from his knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm in this highly readable, fascinating, and useful book."―Jeff Renner, Chief Meteorologist, KING Television, Seattle

"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 Weather of The Pacific Northwest is a great tool for learning and understanding our constantly changing weather. Having grown up in Seattle and racing year round on Puget Sound it is always a struggle to figure out what the weather is going to do, and Cliff Mass does a great job of explaining what affects our weather and why it can be so diverse. Anyone wanting to understand the Pacific Northwest’s weather will find this book extremely informative and a joy to read."―Trevor Sterry, Vice Commodore Shilshole Bay Yacht Club

"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 not only to learn 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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Product Details

  • Series: Samuel and Althea Stroum Books
  • 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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Sanguine on November 19, 2008
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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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16 of 16 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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6 of 6 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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8 of 9 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 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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