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Instant Weather Forecasting (Sheridan House) [Paperback]

Alan Watts
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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30 April 2004 Sheridan House
Instant Weather Forecasting has been a perennial bestseller since it was first published over 30 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. This bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to riding, golfing, sailing and fishing - and of course to 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


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 2nd New edition edition (30 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713668687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713668681
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 984,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alan Watts, one-time professional meteorologist, has spent considerable time studying wind changes and short-term alterations in the weather. This, combined with his enthusiasm for sailing which began with the sea scouts, led to his first book. He is also the author of Instant Wind Forecasting and The Weather Handbook both published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

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85 of 88 people found the following review helpful
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
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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 instant weather forecasting 21 Jun 2009
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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 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 Five Stars 13 July 2014
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Excellent book. Clear explanations.
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