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The Met Office Pocket Cloud Book [Hardcover]

Richard Hamblyn
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Book Description

28 May 2010

If you enjoy watching clouds and want to know more about cloud types and what they mean then this practical reference guide is for you. Beautifully illustrated with lovely images from the Met Office, this handy pocket-sized book provides you with all the information you need to identify different kinds of clouds and the kind of weather that may be on its way. Full of useful information, this book provides:

  •  quick reference pages for rapid identification;
  •  a cloud classification chart and a guide to the unique cloud identification system;
  •  clear informative explanations from weather experts;
  •  a simple, easy-to-understand progression from low clouds to high stratus clouds, as well as covering unusual cloud phenomena;
  • a detailed introduction on the history of cloud classification and an introduction to the three principle cloud forms, with clear explanations of the atmospheric processes that create them. 

This is an invaluable companion for the casual cloud-spotter and for all those fascinated by the variety and beauty of clouds and cloud names. Take it with you on walks and have it handy in the garden so that you can enjoy sky-gazing every day. This book is the ideal daytime partner for our book on the night sky – The Star Book by Peter Grego.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (28 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715337610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715337615
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 14.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Invention of Clouds, which won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize; Terra: Tales of the Earth, a study of natural disasters, described by the Guardian as 'beautifully written, richly detailed and brilliantly judged'; and The Art of Science: A Natural History of Ideas, a collection of 101 pieces of readable science writing from the Babylonians to the Higgs boson.

He has also written three illustrated books in association with the Met Office: The Cloud Book; Extraordinary Clouds; and Extraordinary Weather, as well editing Daniel Defoe's The Storm for Penguin Classics.

Richard currently teaches on the Creative Writing BA at Birkbeck College, University of London, and is working on a collection of (mostly) true stories about (mostly) made-up landscapes.

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perfect companion to a recession-proof hobby […] packed with photos […] interesting introduction to something we all take for granted --Good Book Guide

About the Author

Dr Richard Hamblyn is a post-doctoral research fellow at Nottingham University, England, and is the author of prrevious D&C titles The Cloud Book and Extraordinary Clouds. He lives in London.

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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If you've ever wondered aloud what sort of cloud was drifting across your field of vision as you lay back in your garden lounger. If you've ever seen clouds rolling in as you pass the point of no-return between your house and the pub and wondered if you should have brought a coat. If you've got fed up with other 'spotting' hobbies because the focus of your hobby keeps flying or buzzing away before you can get an identification book out. Then cloud spotting and this book is for you.

The guide is very logically laid out with each cloud having its own section. There's a handy quick reference bit at the front with small pictures of clouds and the pages you need to turn to for a more detailed identification. Each section has a description of what a particular cloud can tell you about the weather due to come your way. This is one of the clearest and best laid out books, of its type, I have ever seen.

I've bought several copies for other people who, upon seeing my copy, have asked for their own. There's quite a group of us at work across the world who now are members of the cloud spotting fraternity and have copies of this book. I can't help but feel that this is how loony cults start!

Buy this book and join us!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars learnig about clouds 22 Sep 2010
By Bill
I wanted a straightforward, but well-informed book about clouds. This would enable me to identify different kinds of cloud, with some ideas about what that might mean for the weather in the short term. This book fulfills that wish admirably. The photographs are of a high quality, and the text is very clear. The book slips easily into a jacket pocket, so is readily accessible while outdoors.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Met office cloud book 20 Sep 2010
A really useful and compact little book. I also bought one as a gift for a friend who is a 'cloud fanatic' and she loves it. Clear illustrations and explanations and a compact size to fit in your pocket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book. 2 May 2011
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Nice little book you can carry around in your pocket when out walking or just sky gazing. Plenty of colour pics and good explanations.

Nice one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A 'must have' for cloud gazers 16 Feb 2011
The title says it all - This is the ideal companion for anyone who likes watching clouds but doesn't know what the various kinds of cloud mean. Small enough to keep handy when traveling, it covers pretty well any cloud types you are likely to see & tells you what effect they are likely to have on the weather. The quick reference pages are particularly useful for rapid identification.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact review of clouds 19 Oct 2012
This is a simple, clear, and well-written book of the 27 classified cloud types. With the old adage of a picture speaking a thousand words, this book succinctly explains and identifies each cloud type with a masterful colour photograph of the archetypal example. Keeping the contents to a minimum enables a true pocket book to be kept in your coat or any bag, for reference and enjoyment.

Perhaps surprisingly, clouds are essentially just symptoms of what is going on in the atmosphere - clouds themselves do not really comprise of 'the weather' itself. The reasons for the cloud shapes, altitudes and behaviour (rain or otherwise) are the changing airmasses, temperatures, pressures (highs and lows, etc.) and humidity levels, whose complex resultants produce patterns above our heads (usually) that we call clouds.

Unfortunately, given the brevity of the book - which is a winning formula as just a book on clouds - there is no space to explore and impart a greater understanding just how and why such clouds form, which would surely have raised this book to 5 stars.

For a primer on clouds, as a reference and guide to viewing and starting to understand meteorology by starting with cloud viewing, this is a great book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book 28 Nov 2011
By JinnyG
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Very portable reference book for instant identification of cloud formations. Some great pictures too which make it a pleasure to browse through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Present for mother 28 Oct 2011
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I bought this book for my mother as she is interested in cloud formations but needed it to be simple. She is very pleased with it.
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I chose this book as it is compact in size and will fit in a pocket or the car glove box, I can therefore check the formations anywhere.
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As we are always looking at the clouds and guessing if the day is to be good, we purchased this little book (fits in the pocket and each morning we see if we can guess what the... Read more
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a very good ,all round concise book ,a good beginners book,fits into my pocket with ease,very handy for road trips
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