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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (Dec 7 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486443574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486443577
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 21 x 27.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Paul-BC on Sept. 23 2012
Format: Paperback
This short book gives a basic and accurate explanation of the forces creating the weather we experience. The text does not us e a lot of jargon and is abundantly illustrated with explanatory drawings. The original book first came out over 75 years ago, which make some of the references seem a little dated, but that does not detract from the clear explanations. It is refreshing to see hand-done drawings that were constructed with care to showcase concepts. It can be used to learn weather concepts or as a refresher. Even though I've read many weather-related books, I was happy to be reminded about the fundamentals of understanding weather. It will be too elementary for anyone who already has a good grip on the science behind air masses, fronts, winds, and storms.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Weather for Dummies May 15 2007
By Debbie T - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I didn't realize we had inherited a copy of this book from my father-in-law until I found it rather late in the semester I took Meteorology. I read it cover-to-cover while studying for the final and managed a 'B' which for me on a science topic was AWESOME. Eric Sloane's simplistic explanations and drawings helped this non-science major grasp some of the tougher concepts.

The only time I really NOTICED how old it is was when he mentioned how the earth would appear if one were to take a trip into space in a suit made of air -- we hadn't landed on the moon when this was written. No mention of ozone or the top two levels of the atmosphere either but, hey, who knew they were there in 1949?
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
quite superb May 13 2010
By a reader from Illinois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For a sailor interested in weather, there are these days a myriad of marine weather books written with ever increasing sophistication and complication. I've read, even studied, many of them; and most have value. But this is the one that I reread before every season (and this will be my fifty-seventh sailing season). There is a simplicity and clarity to Sloan's explanations which, coupled with his wonderful illustrations, make this book superb and unique. I suppose that technophiles might quibble with the fact that this book does not include a few ideas or concepts that we now know, but which were unknown in 1949 when the book was first published. But that doesn't qualify what I've said about its excellence. Even if your interest involves weather fax, GRIBS, and 500mb charts, there is literally no better book to explain the basics of how weather happens. And, if, like me, you no longer cruise, but just day sail or make the occasional overnighter, this book coupled with last night's TV forecast, a decent barometer, and Alan Watts' INSTANT WEATHER FORECASTING, is pretty much all you need. ERIC SLOAN'S WEATHER BOOK is really in a class by itself.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Easy to understand and fascinating June 22 2010
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Eric Sloane's Weather Book" was a very fun, easy-to-understand, and fascinating book about weather. He explained ways that a person can predict the weather by looking at the sky, how to read weather maps--what all the symbols mean--and use weather instruments. He covered information about our atmosphere, air, winds, heat, and clouds, and how it all works together to create weather.

The author has a gift for making difficult ideas very easy to understand. He also included many black and white illustrations that reinforced what was taught in the text and made it clear. The book was packed full of practical information on how to become weather-wise. This book was first written some time ago (in 1949) and was based off of articles that the author wrote for sailors and aviators. Most of the information is still completely relevant, but it does show it's age in a few places.

I'd highly-recommend this well-written and interesting book to anyone who's curious about how weather is created and how to predict it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An Interesting Book June 5 2010
By Otto Ranney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very educational as well as a great reminder of my "Mamaw" [great grandmother] who was an excellent weather prognosticator who new almost all of the weather signs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Fun Nov. 29 2012
By MJP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Great info for kids and adults alike. It'll help you understand your local tv meteorologists when they talk about high pressure areas, cold fronts, etc. This is timeless information that can be useful to you or just satisfy a curiosity. Easy to read and good illustrations.


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