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

Jack Williams

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2 Jun 2009
As the monstrous and soon to be infamous Hurricane Katrina approached New Orleans, the National Weather Service issued this dire warning: 'Devastating damage expected...A most powerful hurricane with unprecedented strength...Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks.' Few Americans would deny the eerie accuracy of that prediction or forget the destruction wrought by that vicious storm. Extreme weather like Katrina 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. America has one of the most varied and dynamic weather systems 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. 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. 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. All that will change 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. Covering everything from daily weather patterns to air pollution and global warming, "The AMS Weather Book" will help readers make sense of news about the weather, cope with threats, and learn how integral oceanic and atmospheric science are to navigating our place in the physical world. Written by esteemed science journalist and former "USA Today" weather editor Jack Williams, "The AMS Weather Book" explores not only the science behind the weather but also the stories of people coping with severe weather and those who devote their lives to understanding the atmosphere, oceans, and climate. The book's profiles and historic discussions illustrate how meteorology and the related sciences are interwoven throughout our lives. Words alone, of course, are not adequate to explain many meteorological concepts. To illustrate complex phenomena, "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.

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press (2 Jun 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226898989
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226898988
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 21.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 412,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 everchanging atmosphere, The AMS Weather Book is a must read! Meticulously researched and beautifully written, Jack Williams's book is incredible." - Tom Skilling, WGN/Chicago Tribune Chief Meteorologist"

About the Author

Jack Williams is a former editor of the USA Today Weather Page and the author of The USA Today Weather Book. He is the 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 24 Dec 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. 23 Oct 2009
By Maynard E. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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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 17 Sep 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! 31 Aug 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 29 May 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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