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Tough little book: practical and handy
on 20 March 2004
It's a tiny little book (about 12cm tall by 8cm wide) but it has 256 pages that are absolutely packed solid with text and pictures. It's set out like this:
* list of contents;
* instructions on how to use the book;
* the main body of the book, which covers a comprehensive range of information on cloud types and formation, cloud and sky colours, optical phenomena, precipitation, wind, global climate and more;
* weather records;
It's clearly written, but slightly technical. The style is more technical than John Lynch's book that accompanied the "Wild Weather" TV series, for example. Even so, it's fairly easy to understand, especially with the glossary resource to refer to at the back. The photographs of clouds and sky are very beautiful, colourful and clear. The satellite images are in grey scale and some are accompanied by weather map diagrams to help explain how to read the photographs - showing high and low pressure areas, cold, warm and occluded fronts and so on.
I've taken to carrying the wee book in my pocket when I go for walks and frequently consult it. It withstands this treatment well because of its sturdy construction and good quality paper. It's very handy. I recommend it to anyone interested in understanding weather and weather forecasting.