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John D. Cox
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25 Sep 2000 For dummies
What’s going on up there when the rain falls, when the wind blows, when the clouds roll in and the lightning flashes? How do hurricanes arise and where to tornadoes come from? Why do seasonal conditions sometimes vary so much from one year to the next? Our ways of life, our very existences depend on knowing the answers to questions like these. Economies have been wiped out, civilizations have risen and fallen, entire species have come into being or gone extinct because of a temperature shift of just a few degrees, or a brief shortage or glut of rainfall. With so much riding on the weather, it makes you wonder how you’ve lived this long without knowing more about it. Don’t worry it’s never too late to find out about what makes the weather tick. And there’s never been an easier or more enjoyable way to learn than Weather For Dummies . In know time, you’ll know enough of weather basics to be able to: Identify cloud types Make sense of seasonal differences in the weather Understand what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme events Make your own weather forecasts Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate Get a handle on smog, the greenhouse effect, El Niño, and more Award–winning science writer John D. Cox brings the science of meteorology down to earth and, with the help of dozens of cool maps and charts and stunning photographs of weather conditions, he covers a wide range of fascinating subjects, including: What is weather and how it fits into the entire global ecosystem What goes into making a professional daily weather forecast The basic elements of weather, including air pressure, clouds, and humidity Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, and other extreme forms of weather Seasonal weather effects and why they vary Lightening, rainbows, sundogs, haloes, and other special effects Featuring clear explanations, stunning illustrations, and fun, easy experiments and activities you can do at home , Weather For Dummies is your guide to making sense of  the baffling turmoil of the ever–changing skies above.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764552430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764552434
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The baffling turmoil of our ever–changing skies will seem much less baffling" Keay Davidson, author, Carl Sagan: A Life Includes hot maps and cool photos of weather phenomena! Are you dazzled by dramatic displays of thunder and lightning — and wonder why these forces of nature occur? This guide offers easy–to–understand explanations about meteorological concepts, from jet streams to tornadoes and El Niño. Inside, you'll find experiments and activities you can do at home, plus insight on smog, the greenhouse effect, and more! Discover how to: Identify cloud types Understand what causes tornadoes to form Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate Get smart! www.dummies.com

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John D. Cox is a professional science writer. He studied biological and physical sciences at Harvard and MIT as a fellow of Knight Science Journalism Fellowship Program at MIT.

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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I'm obviously not a dummy! 15 Oct 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is my first 'Dummies' book and if the others are similar, probably my last.
My main complaint about the book is that whilst the front page says it will show you a 'world of weather', large tracts of the book are US-centric. It's almost as if the world outside the US didn't have any weather! Whilst some of the weather phenomena might be equally applicable in other parts of the world, I was left feeling that this was a dangerous assumption because it was never made clear if they just applied in the US, or if they applied everywhere.
Most of the attempts at humour didn't translate to this non-American. Maybe it's the 'Dummies' style but the continual references to things like the 'Go Figure Academy of Science' didn't help me understand the subject matter any better.
If you live in America and like the Dummies style, this is the weather book for you....but not for me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful book 12 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
Great start for understanding the weather. An American book but the concepts can be applied internationally. Recommended for outdoor sports.
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5.0 out of 5 stars weathere 20 Nov 2012
By tango
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Not able to comment on the content of the book as it is a gift for someone. Arrived promptly and in good condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weather for Dummies 9 Nov 2000
By Kevin Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book for those of us interested more in the weather and less in stuffy meteorology. I now have an understanding of "relative humidity" and why a "dry heat" is more comfortable than humid heat. I now know where some weather proverbs come from, such as "Red sky at night, sailor's delight." (There's actually factual basis for this proverb.)
This book makes a nice coffee table book, and it lends itself to casual reading. But if you're serious about the weather, you can get a lot from this book as well. There's a chapter on setting up your own weather instruments at home and keeping a weather diary. And the appendix lists a number of websites where you can learn even more about the weather. No more glib answers from me when someone says, "How about this weather?"
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Weather for Dummies 5 Jan 2007
By Gordon J. Denno - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It was a basic book on starting to understand weather, which is what I was looking for. I was able to read and understand more advanced books on the subject after that one. It served its purpose.
28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reader-Friendly Reference 23 Feb 2004
By Virgil Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Weather is a subject that everyone knows something about. However that's just where John Cox starts. So one knows about Doppler radar? How about polar orbiters? So one has always heard the expression "it's too cold to snow?" Is it really?
Of course this is a reader-friendly book. But I will wager that it will soon turn into a handy reference book that is frequently pulled from the shelf.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Beginners 27 Mar 2010
By Bims - Published on Amazon.com
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If you know very little about the whys & wherefores of weather then this is the book for you. It is a light read and gives you all you need to know. You won't be able to work as a professional weatherman, but you will get a good grasp of the intricate science of meteorology. I recommend the book and the price is right.
31 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book on Weather 1 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Very good book on the topic. It gives a great description and count on how weather forms for example hurricanes like el nino. I am glad that dummies finally put out a book on weather. Nice job John D. Cox. It's good to see a new writer in this field!!
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