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The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather [Hardcover]

Jack Williams , Rick Anthes , Stephanie Abrams

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Book Description

June 1 2009

America has some of the most varied and dynamic weather in the world. Every year, the Gulf Coast is battered by hurricanes, the Great Plains are ravaged by tornados, the Midwest is pummeled by blizzards, and the temperature in the Southwest reaches a sweltering 120 degrees. Extreme weather can be a matter of life and death, but even when it is pleasant—72 degrees and sunny—weather is still central to the lives of all Americans. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a topic of greater collective interest. Whether we want to know if we should close the storm shutters or just carry an umbrella to work, we turn to forecasts. But few of us really understand the science behind them.


All that changes with The AMS Weather Book. The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to our weather and our atmosphere, it is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to understand how hurricanes form, why tornados twirl, or even why the sky is cerulean blue. Written by esteemed science journalist and former USA Today weather editor Jack Williams, The AMS Weather Book, copublished with the American Meteorological Society, covers everything from daily weather patterns, air pollution, and global warming to the stories of people coping with severe weather and those who devote their lives to understanding the atmosphere, oceans, and climate. Words alone, of course, are not adequate to explain many meteorological concepts, so The AMS Weather Book is filled with engaging full-color graphics that explain such concepts as why winds blow in a particular direction, how Doppler weather radar works, what happens inside hurricanes, how clouds create wind and snow, and what’s really affecting the earth’s climate.


For Weather Channel junkies, amateur meteorologists, and storm chasers alike, The AMS Weather Book is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to better understand how weather works and how it affects our lives.


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“I am often asked what book I would recommend to aspiring young meteorologists or climatologists. I will be spreading the word about this one. Whether for the weather enthusiast or the reader simply curious about the many faces of our ever-changing atmosphere, The AMS Weather Book is a must read! Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Jack Williams’ book is incredible.”

(Tom Skilling, WGN/ Chicago Tribune Chief Meteorologist)

"Pilots and students of aviation will find relevant information throughout the book—especially in the chapters on winds and currents, global appterns (which also addresses fronts), weather observation, forecasting, and thunderstorms and tornados."
(Mike Collins Flight Training Magazine)

"A clearly written, profusely illustrated narrative guide to weather...with its attractive, easy-to-understand graphics, [it] offers a useful, engaging basic introduction to a wide variety of weather-related topics. Highly recommended."
(Choice 2009-10-01)

"[The book] fits the description of being 'new and improved' as it is both. It is full of the same type of rich color explanatory graphics from before but they are even brighter, csisper and up-to-date. . . . Though brand new right now, I am sure that soon this will be another of my dog-eared, close at hand favorite weather books."

"I give [this book] my highest recommendation.. It not only belongs on every weather lover's bookshelf (alongside its predecessor and Jack Williams other books), but also makes a wonderful gift for anyone beginning their interest in weather and meteorology. . . . A great one ffor your summer (and any season) reading list."
(Keith C. Heldorn The Weather Doctor)

About the Author

Jack Williams is former editor of the USA Today Weather Page and author of The USA Today Weather Book. He is currently public outreach coordinator for the American Meteorological Society.

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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AMS VERSION vs USA TODAY VERSION Dec 24 2010
By EAGLE EYE - Published on Amazon.com
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While the topics covered and the information provided is top notch, there are fewer diagrams than the similar USA TODAY Weather Book. So it depends... If you like to read more detailed descriptions - This book is a must have. If you're the kind of person who would rather have brief explainations with many, many illustrations... Then the USA TODAY version is for you.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide for a diffcult subject. Oct. 23 2009
By Maynard E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This Guide is much needed in the field of meteorology. It is neither too obscure techincally, nor too juvenile for the average reader. Virtually every aspect of the subject is handled well, with excellent illustrations. Having dealt with such presentations during my entire career, I recommend it highly.

Maynard E. Smith
Fellow, American Meteorlogical Society
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book Sept. 17 2009
By John M. Woody - Published on Amazon.com
I'm a professional pilot who loves the weather aspect of my job. This book is wonderful due to its many illistrations. Plus there are even a few references to pilots and planes and flying which of course helps keep me interested.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift! Aug. 31 2010
By Jennifer J. Strohl - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for a 12 year old boy who wants to be a meteorologist and who just had surgery and was bedridden for weeks. He absolutely loves it! His mom says he keeps it on his nightstand and reads it constantly.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The AMS Weather Book:The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather May 28 2009
By Jeanie Odenthal - Published on Amazon.com
This book is ideal for both the weather enthusiast and for those simply interested in learning more about weather. Topics vary from broad categories like winds and currents to defining specific terminology used in forecasting. Accounts from survivors of severe weather add a human interest touch to this book about the science of weather. While learning about current research, the reader meets those leading the studies. Beautiful pictures and informative illustrations and diagrams. The AMS Weather Book: The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather

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