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Instant Weather Forecasting [Kindle Edition]

Alan Watts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"With a revised and updated text, along with new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to flying, sailing and fishing." --Angles Net (May 2011)

With new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor acticities --Yachting Life Magazine, July 1, 2011

"A BEST-selling gem of a book on weather forecasting first published 40 years ago is in the bookshops again with a fresh new look, revised and updated text and new colour photographs and diagrams...Invaluable for anyone who works (or plays) in the great outdoors, it will enable the user to foretell, with reasonable accuracy, whether it will rain or blow, not change much or perhaps clear up soon." --Towpath Walk Newspaper

"With a revised and updated text, along with new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to flying, sailing and fishing." --Anglers Net Book Review (May 2011)

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Instant Weather Forecasting
has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published nearly 40
years ago. A brilliant concept, its winning formula of 24 colour
photographs of cloud formations and their accompanying explanatory text
enables the reader to read the sky, pick up the clues, and predict what
the weather will do.

With a revised and updated text, along with
new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book
will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from
farming, gardening and walking to riding, golfing, flying, sailing and
fishing - and of course holidaymakers.

'Excellent value and a good cockpit companion' Classic Boat
'A surefire bestseller' The Yachtsman
'Another gem that's a dog-eared favourite' Coastal Cruising
'A handy and information-packed little volume' Birdwatch

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3.0 out of 5 stars You need other books to make sense of this 15 Jan 2003
By Nigel Collier VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book interesting but, for me, flawed in several respects. The book contains some very brief information on cold, warm and occluded fronts - what they mean and how they behave. It also gives you a very handy cross section of a front, and shows you where the cloud formations you can see pictured in the book are likely to occur in the front.
But really any background information which put the cloud photos into context ends there. Unless you know a reasonable amount about how weather 'works' and interrelates, this book ain't going to help you much. To get the most out of this book, you're going to have to have read a basic book on general 'weather' first. That's not really a criticism of this book which after all doesn't claim to be a general book on the weather, but just a warning that it's of limited use on its own...and that perhaps it would have been much better with just a little more contextual background information.
More seriously flawed are the photos themselves. You get a photo of, say, cirrus clouds and then a description of the clouds' telltale characteristics and what significance they have for the forthcoming weather: "notice the fallstreaks striating towards the west on the upper cirrostratus...". The trouble with this is there is a photo of a whole skyful of layer upon layer cloud...there is absolutely no indication of which part of the picture the description is referring to, just some simple numbered circles on the photos would be useful so you knew which part of the sky the description is referring to. It's a little like giving someone a 1:25,000 scale map and telling them to look at the 'church with a spire'...there are dozens of 'em.
Finally, there's no indication at what time of the day, nor which direction the photos were taken which is fairly important.
I think in summary, using this book you'll be able to identify a cloud formation and even stab at a decent forecast from it...but crucially YOU WON'T KNOW WHY.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weather Picture Book 22 Nov 2005
Format:Paperback
A great pocket guide for those who like to get out and about in all weathers. I'm a biker and like to know whether to take my waterproofs and thermal gloves or if I can wear a lighter jacket etc. Hence my fascination with weather and predicting it's course.
This book has some lovely photos of typical clouds for particular weather formations. They're quite useful for predicting how a day will turn out if the previous day end with certain clouds or if the wind is in a particular direction.
A recommended read for hill walkers, bikers, sailors and farmers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instant review of instant weather 18 July 2011
Format:Paperback
Instant Weather is something I got having read the Kindle edition and missed the wonderful colour photographs Yes it's good and easy to follow if you don't mind going back to the keys at the beginning a few times but I made it to the end now it sits on my desk at home and has been useful so far and so far hasn't let me down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So good my husband intends to take it sailing! 20 Mar 2010
By Kristin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A good guide to the subject. There are many more comprehensive guides out there, but if you are a beginner, and just want to look up something similar to the sky at that moment in time, this book is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WYSIWYG 14 Aug 2002
By Olivia Blair VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Sounds like a con doesn't it? well it isn't. If you have a degree of meteorological nous then this book can help you forecast weather. Great pics and a simple process. This book may not allow you to tell your pal if her wedding is ok 7 days hence but it will demystify a lot of skies and greatly enhance your understanding of the weather.
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5.0 out of 5 stars instant weather forecasting 21 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Perfect for beginner sailors like ourselves who are trying to understand weather forecasting. Good pictures
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 13 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Excellent book. Clear explanations.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Planning for Picnics 27 April 2013
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Why rely on the TV weather forecasts when you can do it yourself? See if you can beat the professionals with the help of this well-written and easy to understand guide to our fickle weather.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference guide
Great reference guide, but not as easy to use as I expected.
Guess that I'll still have to study weather and meteorology more in depth in order to figure out what weather is... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Christopher Freyvogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Just the job
Good item well delivered
Published 3 months ago by Mr. L. O'connor
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant weather
Bought as a present and appears to be very popular with the recipient
Bought as a present and appears to be very popular with the recipient
Published 19 months ago by UV
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful
I should find it helpful but since I have had it the weather has been overcast since so I have not been able to put it to test.
Published 21 months ago by Michael Ballard
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Given as a gift and recipient is pleased with it. I found it interesting in a passing read. et et
Published 21 months ago by helena
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good. Gives you tips all the time and is a very handy book. Enjoy having it by my side.
Published 22 months ago by Keith Brown. Keith Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book packed with good weather tips
Not sure about the meaning of what you see in the sky. Worry not, this book tells you all, in photos and helpful hints, about weather prediction. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2012 by chesorp
4.0 out of 5 stars Instant Weather Forecasting
I am finding this an excellent little book. As a gardener, I am always anxious about what the weather will be and, with practice and the information provided here, I am sure I... Read more
Published on 5 Oct 2011 by Mr. M. Heighes
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