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The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather

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ISBN-13: 088-4725017204
ISBN-10: 0226898989
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“I am often asked what book I would recommend to aspiring young meteorologists or climatologists. I will be spreading the word about this one. Whether for the weather enthusiast or the reader simply curious about the many faces of our ever-changing atmosphere, The AMS Weather Book is a must read! Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Jack Williams’ book is incredible.”

(Tom Skilling, WGN/ Chicago Tribune Chief Meteorologist)

"Pilots and students of aviation will find relevant information throughout the book—especially in the chapters on winds and currents, global appterns (which also addresses fronts), weather observation, forecasting, and thunderstorms and tornados."
(Mike Collins Flight Training Magazine)

"A clearly written, profusely illustrated narrative guide to weather...with its attractive, easy-to-understand graphics, [it] offers a useful, engaging basic introduction to a wide variety of weather-related topics. Highly recommended."
(Choice 2009-10-01)

"[The book] fits the description of being 'new and improved' as it is both. It is full of the same type of rich color explanatory graphics from before but they are even brighter, csisper and up-to-date. . . . Though brand new right now, I am sure that soon this will be another of my dog-eared, close at hand favorite weather books."
(Examiner.com)

"I give [this book] my highest recommendation.. It not only belongs on every weather lover's bookshelf (alongside its predecessor and Jack Williams other books), but also makes a wonderful gift for anyone beginning their interest in weather and meteorology. . . . A great one ffor your summer (and any season) reading list."
(Keith C. Heldorn The Weather Doctor)

About the Author

Jack Williams is former editor of the USA Today Weather Page and author of The USA Today Weather Book. He is currently public outreach coordinator for the American Meteorological Society.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226898989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226898988
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the topics covered and the information provided is top notch, there are fewer diagrams than the similar USA TODAY Weather Book. So it depends... If you like to read more detailed descriptions - This book is a must have. If you're the kind of person who would rather have brief explainations with many, many illustrations... Then the USA TODAY version is for you.
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This Guide is much needed in the field of meteorology. It is neither too obscure techincally, nor too juvenile for the average reader. Virtually every aspect of the subject is handled well, with excellent illustrations. Having dealt with such presentations during my entire career, I recommend it highly.

Maynard E. Smith
Fellow, American Meteorlogical Society
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I'm a professional pilot who loves the weather aspect of my job. This book is wonderful due to its many illistrations. Plus there are even a few references to pilots and planes and flying which of course helps keep me interested.
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I bought this for a 12 year old boy who wants to be a meteorologist and who just had surgery and was bedridden for weeks. He absolutely loves it! His mom says he keeps it on his nightstand and reads it constantly.
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THE AMS WEATHER BOOK is a very impressive guide to weather. It's hardbound, of roughly coffee-table-book trim size and about two-thirds the page count of a college meteorology introduction, yet costs perhaps 25 percent as much. An adroit mixture of verbal description (text), charts, graphs and photos explain the process of weather formation, weather effects and weather outcomes very well, and some of the photos of extreme weather phenomena are stunning. It would probably be suitable for about late-middle-school-aged readers up to adults, and if the reader can forego the more scientific or mathematical aspect of the science of meteorology (calculating relative humidity comes to mind), this will do as well as a college text in explaining American weather.

A couple of caveats: unlike the more common college intro-to-meteorology texts, the AMS WEATHER BOOK does not take a world-wide perspective; it truly is for the USA's weather (in fact, a near-cousin volume was published by USA TODAY), so don't expect to read about climate-system comparisons or weather extremes in Australia, say. The book also goes to some trouble to explain modern weather knowledge-gathering and forecasting (such as Doppler Radar), and possible employment opportunities for budding meteorologists. That information was enjoyable but will date quickly, and once again it is of little or no use outside the USA. Still, I rate this an excellent choice to learn about American weather from the ground up (or perhaps I should say, from the sky down?).
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This book is ideal for both the weather enthusiast and for those simply interested in learning more about weather. Topics vary from broad categories like winds and currents to defining specific terminology used in forecasting. Accounts from survivors of severe weather add a human interest touch to this book about the science of weather. While learning about current research, the reader meets those leading the studies. Beautiful pictures and informative illustrations and diagrams. The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather
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The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather is a great book. It's easy enough to read that you don't feel like you're struggling through high-level textbook jargon, but it's in-depth enough that you don't feel like you're getting the second-grade synopsis of important topics. The book has full color illustrations that really help you to understand the more complex atmospheric cycles. Plus, the chapters are only two to four pages on each topic. The brief topics, detailed discussion, and avoidance of the overly technical and confusing jargon make the book EXCELLENT for anyone looking to learn more about weather. Highly recommended!
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At last, a book on weather that is neither a textbook, academic tome, or overly simplified broad introduction. It is copiously illustrated, but it has a thorough text, very well-written, that is explaining more about weather to me than I thought I would ever learn. I have read three chapters so far and learned about winds, ocean currents, sun dogs, solar energy, tsunamis, and how tornadoes and hurricanes rip poorly constructed houses and buildings apart, plus a great deal more, with lots of fascinating sidebars. It is one of those books that will be over all too soon, but which I will enjoy returning to later. Very highly recommended.
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