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The Handy Weather Answer Book

Format:  Paperback,

325 pages

Publisher: Pgw

Publish Date: Aug 2009

ISBN-13: 9781578592210

ISBN-10: 1578592216

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Fully updated with the latest advances in meteorology as well as an additional section on climate change, this comprehensive reference addresses all aspects of weather in an accessible question-and-answer format. All the basic elements of weather are discussed, as are all types of weather phenomena and the science of forecasting. In addition, the relationships between weather and oceanography, geology, and space science are expertly covered. Included are more than 1,000 questions and answers such as, "Has a hurricane ever struck southern California? Could our oceans have originated in space?" and "What is bioclimatology?" This resource is an ideal reference for students, teachers, and amateur meteorologists.

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Publisher: Pgw
Publish Date: Aug 2009
ISBN-13: 9781578592210
ISBN-10: 1578592216
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 325
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.7
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.75 x 0.75

Chapter outline

Introduction
Acknowledgments
Index
Weather Fundamentals
Terms to Know
Organizations
Measurements
Early Weather History
The Seasons
The Atmosphere
Atmosphere Basics
Air and Air Pressure
Layers of the Atmosphere
The Ozone Layer
Wind
Wind Storms
Heat and Cold
Measuring Temperature
Heat
Cold
Clouds and Precipitation
Clouds
Precipitation
Humidity
Floods
Ice, Snow, Hail, and Frost
Stormy Weather
Blizzards and Avalanches
Hurricanes, Monsoons, and Tropical Storms
Floods
Tornadoes
Atmospheric Phenomena
Lightning
Thunder and Thunderstorms
Rainbows and Other Colorful Phenomena
Geography, Oceanography, and Weather
Plate Tectonics
Rain, Ice, and Geography
Volcanoes
Geography, Oceanography and Weather
Ocean Currents
Weather In Space
The Moon
The Sun
Sunspots and Solar Activity
The Magnetic Field
Van Allen Belts
Neutrinos
Cosmic Rays
Meteors, Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets
Humanity And The Weather
Humanity's Impact
General Pollution Facts
Facts
Air Pollution
Water Pollution
Radiation
Climate Change
Climate Basics
Ice Ages
Global Warming
Modern Meteorology
Forecasting
Radar
Satellites
Careers in Meteorology

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2009-09-15)

Hile, author of several similar Answer Book titles, has compiled an attractive Q&A volume on weather in 11 chapters, illustrated with crisp color photos; large, easy-to-read text; and keywords in questions in bold font. The chapters cover "Weather Fundamentals", "The Atmosphere", "Heat and Cold", "Clouds and Precipitation", "Stormy Weather", "Atmospheric Phenomena", "Geography, Oceanography, and Weather", "Weather in Space", "Humanity and the Weather", "Climate Change", and "Modern Meteorology". The questions are short, and the answers are mostly about a paragraph long.

The major problem with this volume is the index. For example, both the introduction and the back cover refer to the crash of the Space Shuttle Challenger, but the entry on Challenger could not be found in the index. There are index listings both for NASA and for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, but they list different page numbers. A thorough and well-done index is critical to the use of a Q&A work for reference, and this volume is lacking in this important area.

Bottom Line: Although this title might get some use in a circulating collection, a good weather encyclopedia would better serve librarians and their patrons. An optional purchase at best.

-Rosanne M. Cordell, Indiana Univ. South Bend Lib.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Fully updated with the latest advances in meteorology as well as an additional section on climate change, this comprehensive reference addresses all aspects of weather in an accessible question-and-answer format. All the basic elements of weather are discussed, as are all types of weather phenomena and the science of forecasting. In addition, the relationships between weather and oceanography, geology, and space science are expertly covered. Included are more than 1,000 questions and answers such as, Has a hurricane ever struck southern California? Could our oceans have originated in space? and What is bioclimatology? This resource is an ideal reference for students, teachers, and amateur meteorologists.

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