- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Adlard Coles Nautical; 3rd Revised edition edition (15 Jan. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 140812291X
- ISBN-13: 978-1408122914
- Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1 x 16 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Instant Wind Forecasting Paperback – 15 Jan 2010
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'A quick reference guide for all who work or play outdoors whether dinghy, coastal or offshore sailors, fishermen, motorboaters, farmers, golfers, walkers or pilots.'
--All at Sea (January 2010)
'This book remains the guide for those who need to know how to tell what will happen from what they can see and feel.'
--Canoeist (January 2010)
'...fits perfectly in your pocket...Alan Watts was a meteorologist and his experiences and expertise have gone into this wonderful book.'
--Nautical Magazine, May 2010
'There's a reason why this book is still doing the rounds - it's excellent...this fine book should be an essential item on the navstation bookcase.'
--Yachting World, 1st April 2011
"There is no doubt that the series of paperbacks about the weather by Alan Watts, primarily for users of inland waters, which he started in 1967, have been extremely popular as witnessed by the fact that virtually all of them have gone into several editions over that period."
--The International Journal of Meteorology (April 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 which began with the sea scouts, led to his first book.
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Top Customer Reviews
I think the Instant Weather Forecasting is a better book for the majority of readers, but both could be immensely improved if the photos of cloud formations always told you 1) where are you looking (north, east, south, west). 2) the direction(s) the clouds are moving 3) the time of day and location. Without that they are just good cloud photos and it takes an effort or guess work to get an idea of the dynamics and changes.
I think that in practice, especially if you don't have the time or patience to digest the data, you will rely on instinct, experience and a feel for wind, location, boat handling, etc. There's more value in gaining experience of your areas wind patterns, asking the locals and above all, being observant and vigilant.
Glad I bought it, but it could be improved.