general weather and climate books

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general weather and climate books

Postby gozer » Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:28 pm

starting from the start, or brushing up, wanting to know what various weather records are, or whatever, i would recommend the following books for just about all levels of knowledge and would be interested to know about others to add to one's weather & climate bookshelf, english or otherwise:

the big five -- dealing with the how and why of it all and varying amounts of reference material:

1. extreme weather by christopher c burt -- a guide and record book, as it says
2. extreme weather by h michael mogil -- a comprehensive guide with a more international perspective (mogil also co-authored with barbara g levine a thin coffee table book titled extreme weather -- another similarly-formatted book was written by margaret hynes
3. extreme weather by peter bunyard -- a similar comprehensive guide with a strong emphasis on climate and how it changes
4. the a m s weather book: the ultimate guide to america's weather by jack williams -- in-depth and comprehensive
5. the weather book by jack williams -- produced earlier under the aegis of u s a today different enough from number 4 to get, it also has a companion volume: the weather almanac which is a huge record book, being an almanac, of course*

yet another extreme weather book is by bonnie schneider and is a guide to, as it says, "a guide to surviving flash floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, heat waves, snowstorms, tsunamis, and other natural disasters"

i would also add:

meteorology manual: the practical guide to the weather by storm dunlop, a general guide which is more concise than the big five and also has an international perspective; the author has also written a field guide weather and forecasting which includes chapters on how to write one's own weather forecasts, and the weather identification handbook

there are also general field guides to weather in the series by:
* peterson (a field guide to the atmosphere by vincent j schaefer and john a day, who also wrote a pocket-sized companion volume clouds & weather) -- something for everybody, including experiments
* national audubon society (field guide to weather by david m ludlum)
* golden (weather by herbert zim)

weather: a visual guide by bruce buckley, edward j hopkins, and richard whitaker and the encyclopaedia of weather & climate change, a complete visual guide by numerous authors are both thick, complete guides in the firefly and university of california coffee table book series respectively; the dorling-kindersley one is titled earth and of course covers many other topics as well; there are thin books of their eyewitness guide series titled weather and hurricane & tornado

a very good local interest title is "wisconsin's weather & climate" by joseph m moran and edward j hopkins

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* mr williams also co-authored a tropical cyclone book titled hurricane watch with bob sheets of national hurricane centre fame . . . bryan norcross also has an excellent book titled "hurricane almanac: the essential guide to storms past, present & future[/i] . . . two other general books on the topic are the encyclopaedia of hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones by david longshore and divine wind by kerry emmanuel .

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Re: general weather and climate books

Postby Shorty » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:50 am

I just watch the Weather Channel instead. Three books with the same name? Is that plagiarism? Do weather experts lack creativity?

1. extreme weather by christopher c burt -- a guide and record book, as it says
2. extreme weather by h michael mogil -- a comprehensive guide with a more international perspective (mogil also co-authored with barbara g levine a thin coffee table book titled extreme weather -- another similarly-formatted book was written by margaret hynes
3. extreme weather by peter bunyard -- a similar comprehensive guide with a strong emphasis on climate and how it changes

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Re: general weather and climate books

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Nov 09, 2017 12:57 pm

Shorty wrote:Three books with the same name? Is that plagiarism?

Nope. Authors cannot hold a copyright on a title. Same thing with movies, plays, etc.

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Re: general weather and climate books

Postby gozer » Thu Nov 09, 2017 11:52 pm

Shorty wrote:I just watch the Weather Channel instead.


yes, those folks are good and getting better, particularly the 17.00-19.00 roundup; the fourth book on the list appears to be considered by a lot of people to be a companion book to t w c such as the ones published for documentaries and the like . . . quite good prime time coverage and special programmes as well these days . . .

Three books with the same name? Is that plagiarism? Do weather experts lack creativity?


heh heh heh . . . it did make for a serendipitous discovery when i went looking for the burt book and found a seller on amazon selling all of the big five mentioned above as a sort of improvised box set plus the u s a today weather almanac . . .


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