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Weather For Dummies 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 078-5555026827
ISBN-10: 0764552430
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Discover how to:
* Identify cloud types
* Understand what causes tornadoes to form
* Avoid danger during severe weather
* Understand the global warming debate

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"The baffling turmoil of our ever-changing skies will seem much less baffling" Keay Davidson, author, Carl Sagan: A Life

Includes hot maps and cool photos of weather phenomena!

Are you dazzled by dramatic displays of thunder and lightning — and wonder why these forces of nature occur? This guide offers easy-to-understand explanations about meteorological concepts, from jet streams to tornadoes and El Niño. Inside, you'll find experiments and activities you can do at home, plus insight on smog, the greenhouse effect, and more!

Discover how to: Identify cloud types Understand what causes tornadoes to form Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (October 9, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552434
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
This is a great book for those of us interested more in the weather and less in stuffy meteorology. I now have an understanding of "relative humidity" and why a "dry heat" is more comfortable than humid heat. I now know where some weather proverbs come from, such as "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." (There's actually factual basis for this proverb.)
This book makes a nice coffee table book, and it lends itself to casual reading. But if you're serious about the weather, you can get a lot from this book as well. There's a chapter on setting up your own weather instruments at home and keeping a weather diary. And the appendix lists a number of websites where you can learn even more about the weather. No more glib answers from me when someone says, "How about this weather?"
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It was a basic book on starting to understand weather, which is what I was looking for. I was able to read and understand more advanced books on the subject after that one. It served its purpose.
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Weather is a subject that everyone knows something about. However that's just where John Cox starts. So one knows about Doppler radar? How about polar orbiters? So one has always heard the expression "it's too cold to snow?" Is it really?
Of course this is a reader-friendly book. But I will wager that it will soon turn into a handy reference book that is frequently pulled from the shelf.
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If you're interested in the weather and want a simple explanation for the science behind it, then this book is for you. It's lighthearted approach makes this book, not only informative, but fun to read.
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Weather affects all of us, and certainly affects some of us more than others. Therefore, it is probably a good idea to learn a little something about how weather works.

Weather for Dummies seeks to give basic explanations for all sorts of weather phenomena. From the basics of what causes seasons and the water cycle, to other subjects such as what causes rain, how clouds form, what causes hurricanes to form, and so on. All in all, I think this book did a good job of explaining the basic information you need to know if you want to understand how the weather works.
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By LeeBo on July 22, 2016
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I recently bought a 5-in-1 weather station and wanted to learn more.

I've enjoyed other Dummies books but found this one too sophomoric in humor and content. I wanted more info. about understanding the weather on my local news and in my backyard. Thus, rather than Top Ten Disasters and sub tropical jet streams, I would have liked more on the basics. Frankly, I considered giving it two stars.
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By A Customer on November 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
Very good book on the topic. It gives a great description and count on how weather forms for example hurricanes like el nino. I am glad that dummies finally put out a book on weather. Nice job John D. Cox. It's good to see a new writer in this field!!
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This book is a pretty good introduction to all kinds of weather. No long technical words or hard to understand concepts. The one thing I felt detracted from the book was the authors attempt to interject his humour into it. It really did not work for me. Otherwise, I am glad I purchased it. If you got the kindle edition as I did, do not expect the photographs or charts to show up real well.
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