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Instant Weather Forecasting Paperback – 15 Jun 2011
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"With a revised and updated text, along with new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to flying, sailing and fishing." --Angles Net (May 2011)
With new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor acticities --Yachting Life Magazine, July 1, 2011
"A BEST-selling gem of a book on weather forecasting first published 40 years ago is in the bookshops again with a fresh new look, revised and updated text and new colour photographs and diagrams...Invaluable for anyone who works (or plays) in the great outdoors, it will enable the user to foretell, with reasonable accuracy, whether it will rain or blow, not change much or perhaps clear up soon." --Towpath Walk Newspaper
"With a revised and updated text, along with new colour photographs and diagrams, this bestselling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to flying, sailing and fishing." --Anglers Net Book Review (May 2011)
About the Author
Alan Watts, one-time professional meteorologist, has spent considerable time studying wind changes and short-term alterations in the weather. This, combined with his enthusiasm for sailing, has enabled him to assist people to read the weather from the signs in the sky. He is also the author of Instant Wind Forecasting, Instant Storm Forecasting, The Weather Handbook and Weatherwise all published by Adlard Coles Nautical.
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But really any background information which put the cloud photos into context ends there. Unless you know a reasonable amount about how weather 'works' and interrelates, this book ain't going to help you much. To get the most out of this book, you're going to have to have read a basic book on general 'weather' first. That's not really a criticism of this book which after all doesn't claim to be a general book on the weather, but just a warning that it's of limited use on its own...and that perhaps it would have been much better with just a little more contextual background information.
More seriously flawed are the photos themselves. You get a photo of, say, cirrus clouds and then a description of the clouds' telltale characteristics and what significance they have for the forthcoming weather: "notice the fallstreaks striating towards the west on the upper cirrostratus...". The trouble with this is there is a photo of a whole skyful of layer upon layer cloud...there is absolutely no indication of which part of the picture the description is referring to, just some simple numbered circles on the photos would be useful so you knew which part of the sky the description is referring to. It's a little like giving someone a 1:25,000 scale map and telling them to look at the 'church with a spire'...there are dozens of 'em.
Finally, there's no indication at what time of the day, nor which direction the photos were taken which is fairly important.
I think in summary, using this book you'll be able to identify a cloud formation and even stab at a decent forecast from it...but crucially YOU WON'T KNOW WHY.
This book has some lovely photos of typical clouds for particular weather formations. They're quite useful for predicting how a day will turn out if the previous day end with certain clouds or if the wind is in a particular direction.
A recommended read for hill walkers, bikers, sailors and farmers!