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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compact review of clouds, 19 Oct. 2012
This review is from: The Met Office Pocket Cloud Book (Hardcover)
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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