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"If you're an armchair weather expert, a weather junkie or simply enjoy the intricacies of the world's most turned-to conversation topic, look no further than Weather Whys: Fact, Myths, and Oddities by meteorologist and editor Paul Yeager. In this slender volume, Yeager sets out to give readers a basic appreciation for storms, winds, freezing rain, puffy clouds and the like, by first giving readers a breakdown of just what these things are. Hail, for instance, happens when supercooled water freezes on dust particles that are then pushed back into clouds via updraft, over and over again, accumulating more water, and more size, until they finally crash onto our heads and cars.
Like a science teacher who clearly enjoys his subject and has a knack for explaining it, Yeager's easy-to-digest writing comes with a lot of requisite enthusiasm. Lightning doesn't get enough respect, he writes-and did you know that the "temperature of a lightning bolt is estimated to be as much as 54,000oF (five times the temperature of the sun)"? The book is packed with fascinating facts like these. Yeager reveals that "it's always cooler after a thunderstorm"; that seeking shelter under a highway overpass during a tornado is a really bad idea (the speed of the wind will increase); that "snow-eating wind" allows snow to vanish rather than melt and a whole lot of sports-and-weather phenomena like the fact that high humidity "allows a baseball to travel farther, increasing the likelihood of home runs." With gems like these, Weather Whys is already a candidate for bathroom book of the year."
Paul Yeager is the managing editor of Accuweather.com and a freelance writer. As a child, he was annoyed when reading, writing, and arithmetic were referred to as the "Three R's," and he hasn't changed a bit over the years. He lives in Altoona, PA.
I liked this book so much I'm reading it a 2nd time (also because I want to understand weather!!) The book is a pretty easy read as far as non-fiction goes, meaning it doesn't read... Read morePublished 2 months ago by MzKitty421
This explains in great detail the hows and whys of some phenomena, and yet left me wanting a bit more about the lore in general. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Betty L. Wilkins
This is an informative little book that tells a lot of things about the weather that you may not know. It is interesting reading for sure.Published on June 4, 2013 by diamond770
WEATHER WHYS: FACTS, MYTHS AND ODDITIES isn't at all your regular weather book. The vast majority of them, whether pitched at pre-middle school or advanced students in meteorology... Read morePublished on February 13, 2012 by Allen Smalling
I just received the book, so I haven't had the chance to dive into it yet, but I just wanted to say here that the copy I received is a bit beat up and dirty. Read morePublished on November 3, 2011 by cassie
A delightful read for anyone interested in why the weather does what it does. Read in one sitting, or just grab a chapter at a time for some quick and fun weather facts.Published on May 9, 2011 by oldkeys