- Series: The Handy Answer Book Series
- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Visible Ink Press; 1 edition (September 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0787610348
- ISBN-13: 978-0787610340
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,144,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Handy Weather Answer Book (The Handy Answer Book Series) 1st Edition
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First what I like about the book. I love the format of question followed by sensible answer. No long-winded dissertations to slog through just to find what you're interested in. The chapters are well done and cross-references when necessary. I can't fault either the author or editor here.
Second nice thing is that it is not geared towards a particular age/academic group. I found the answers to be interesting without feeling like I was back in third grade again. Mr. Lyons doesn't dumb down the science for a wider appeal. He just presents it in a manner that makes it enjoyable and accessible for folks from 10 - 80. Truly a meteorology book for the average layperson.
What I don't like about the book. Is it really necessary to include the history for just about every person who has even noticed weather? There is indeed a true need to hit the high points and notable people, but I bought a book about weather, not history. This could have been better handled by referencing other texts or sources. It would have probably eliminated close to a 100 pages or so.
Overall there is quite a bit of good information here. I can't knock the author for a lack of information or how it is generally presented. If you have an interest in knowing something about weather I wouldn't tell you to avoid this book. Just and FYI that there is a lot of history to get through before you see anything about the science of meteorology.
Meteorology was a part of my geology curriculum at the university level. However, there is information provided in this book that you're not likely to get in an institution of higher learning, such as: "Who is likely to be killed by severe weather-related events?"; "Has ice ever reached the Gulf of Mexico via the Mississippi River?"; "What is a hypercane?"; "What is a glory?"; "Is human breath destroying the pyramids?"; "What do lake breezes have to do with spiders?"; "What is the driest continent?" (this one surprised me!)
The book is filled with trivia questions, but it is also filled with information that might even help save your life as you'll be better prepared with your newfound knowledge.
The craftsmanship of the book is average as far as paperbacks are concerned as it is somewhat flimsy with average paper and printing. However, the information easily outweighs the physical quality. It's a great book for all ages. Very simple to understand and it gets straight to the point. Excellent read!