Instant Weather Forecasting

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9780229973651: Instant Weather Forecasting

This completely redesigned new edition is a colorful photographic guide to predicting the weather in the hours ahead. The photographs are arranged in such a way as to illustrate the sky under a variety of weather situations, and a simple scientific introduction explains how to use the photos.

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About the Author:

A professional meteorologist and avid sailor, Alan Watts has written a variety of books on weather and weather prediction and is a regular contributor to Sail Magazine, Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner.

Review:

'It is inevitably the hope of the humble reviewer that his happily and snappily worded praise for an unremarkable book will send the world rushing to buy it. Fortunately, however, for the intimates of book reviewers who generally find them more appealing as long as they stay humble word-of-mouth remarks will outsell the most effulgent review every time. For more than 35 years, the world has known about this little book and its cumulative sales figures over 500,000 in 12 languages now speak far louder than anything I might write.

From the title, its immediate appeal to sailors is obvious but my guess is that its appeal to many sailors and others came when the first sailors discovered it really did do what it says on the can and told all their mates. What does it do? The book has 24 full-page colour pictures of the sky and alongside each, the author explains carefully but not too technically what exactly you are seeing and what this tells you about what the weather is likely to do next. It's as simple as that, which is why reviewers long before me have said every boat should have one.' --Water Craft Book Reviews

One of the greatest threats to an enjoyable vacation is inclement weather. "Instant Weather Forecasting" has been a popular forecasting guide since its first printing in 1968. It features 24 color pictures of clouds (covering a variety of weather situations) and accompanying tables that can be analyzed to help determine potential weather events. The author is an avid sailor, and the book is intended to be particularly useful for the boating aficionado.'' ----The Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

I have a favorite little book that I have to replace every four or five years because of overuse. Almost every time we go to sea, we spend time looking at its color photos of different types of clouds and comparing them to the clouds we see above us. Then we carefully read Watts's analysis of what the clouds portend.' --SAIL magazine

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