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The Rough Guide to Weather (Rough Guides Reference Titles) [Paperback]

Robert Henson
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26 April 2007 Rough Guides Reference Titles
Whether you’re an adventurer who enjoys wild weather, a traveller seeking climate details for Madagascar or Mumbai, or simply curious about those charts on the evening news, The Rough Guide to Weather is precisely what you need. From world climates and weather science to tips on how to read the sky and make sense of a forecast. Illustrated throughout with photographs and climate charts and useful links to hundreds of Internet resources for every continent, this guide is will help you stay a head of the storm.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2 edition (26 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843537125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843537120
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.9 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 894,767 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Henson is a science journalist and meteorologist based in Boulder, Colorado, where he works as a writer and editor at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. His books include "The Rough Guide to Climate Change," which was shortlisted for the 2007 Royal Society Prize for Science Books, as well as "The Rough Guide to Weather" and "Weather on the Air: A History of Broadcast Meteorology," published in 2010 by the American Meteorological Society. Henson is a contributing editor of Weatherwise magazine and a frequent guest blogger for Capital Weather Gang. His interests include photography, bicycling, and popular culture.

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Robert Henson is a meteorologist and author of The Rough Guide to Climate Change.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value 28 Mar 2010
By Laine
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Book in very good condition - can't fault the quality, price or service. Would recommend seller and deal with again. Fascinating little book, very informative.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good 17 July 2002
The book's main selling point is that all of the different weather types etc are explained using real-world examples.
The pictures / diagrams are clear and neat. The wording is concise and effective.
Another plus point is the large section on the world's climate, giving data for many major cities / regions throughout the world.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent primer on the subject 14 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent introduction to the subject of weather. The text gives an overview of the various types of weather, their causes, forecasting and how to interpret it, a survey of weather around the world, and ends with an outstanding appendix of resources for further research (grouped by subject matter). Henson discusses weather in a variety of contexts including the literary, political and historical. The charts on weather around the world are very well designed, but consistency of scale on the precipitation and temperature axes would have made comparisons easier.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great design for mediocre content 5 Sep 2008
By Timothy Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was a real disappointment. I very much enjoyed the Rough Guide to Climate Change, and I fully expected this book to be just as well written.
I suppose the book works for some intended audience: those afraid of science and with no patience for trying to figure things out. It presents only a very superficial overview of the why and wherefore of weather, glossing over things like why the jet stream is where it is and flows as it does, or the significance of say a 500mb contour chart, or even something as basic as the relationship between fronts and low pressure centers. We get brief mentions of such things in the context of a very cursory summary of the science behind the weather.
The book does have a strength though. The second half of the book is a survey of weather by geographic region. This part of the book does provide some good insights into the weather patterns that affect a given region. It isn't just a compendium of average temperatures and such.
So for the traveler who wants a brief introduction to weather science and some good descriptions of regional weather trends, this is probably a good resource. It isn't really a very good introduction to meteorology though.
2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rough Guide on Weather 5 Nov 2007
By Mary E. Ratz - Published on Amazon.com
This book is up to date, well written and thorough, one of the best books I have ever read on weather, M. R.
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