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Restless Skies: The Ultimate Weather Book Paperback – October 25, 2004
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
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Meteorologist Douglas informs Twin Cities TV viewers about local weather, and his eclectic volume on the subject holds together by emphasizing safety strategies for use in dangerous weather. Definitely a trait qualifying the work for library use, the safety angle is focused on the U.S and packed with a compendium of historical information about disasters. He also contributes his perspective as the weatherman, who seems to authoritatively predict the future, by stressing that forecasting is more an art than a science. Douglas devotes a good portion of the text to the technology on which forecasting relies, explaining the collection of data from radar and satellites, and their crunching by computer models. Packaged with copious imagery, Douglas' advice is a comforting source for readers wanting to prepare for the next thunderstorm, tornado, or hurricane. Gilbert Taylor
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So, I was so happy to be able to get this book
Very explanatory guide to weather
On over 250 pages the author packs a wealth of information, enhanced by hundreds of excellent illustrations. There is no technical jargon in this book. This is not a textbook. Doulas has the gift of explaining complex phenomena in simple layman's language. It covers case histories from hurricanes in Florida, ice storms in the Northeast to the 1995 heat storm in Chicago.
In light of last year's four hurricanes in Florida and this year's devastation by Katrina and Rita in the South, the two chapters on hurricanes and tornadoes alone are worth the price of admission.
The attractive book is in a large format, the kind you may not want to stick on your bookhelf, but place on a coffee table.
Because many will want to look through it, and probably wind up ordering it