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"Amateur weather forecasters (which includes just about everyone) will find this volume an informative and entertaining account of the why and how of the weather." The Nation In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting and does it in a style that's universally appealing. With humor and common sense shining through in "Amateur weather forecasters (which includes just about everyone) will find this volume an informative and entertaining account of the why and how of the weather." — The Nation In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting — and does it in a style that's universally appealing. With humor and common sense shining through in a book that's also lively and informative, Sloane shows readers how to predict the weather by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. This beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of climate lore will enlighten outdoorsmen, farmers, sailors, and anyone else who has ever wondered what a large halo around the moon means, why birds "sit it out" before a storm, and whether or not to take an umbrella when leaving the house.


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"Amateur weather forecasters (which includes just about everyone) will find this volume an informative and entertaining account of the why and how of the weather." The Nation In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting and does it in a style that's universally appealing. With humor and common sense shining through in "Amateur weather forecasters (which includes just about everyone) will find this volume an informative and entertaining account of the why and how of the weather." — The Nation In simple language, Eric Sloane explains the whys and wherefores of weather and weather forecasting — and does it in a style that's universally appealing. With humor and common sense shining through in a book that's also lively and informative, Sloane shows readers how to predict the weather by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. This beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of climate lore will enlighten outdoorsmen, farmers, sailors, and anyone else who has ever wondered what a large halo around the moon means, why birds "sit it out" before a storm, and whether or not to take an umbrella when leaving the house.

30 review for Eric Sloane's Weather Book

  1. 5 out of 5

    Monty

    Eric Sloane was an American Leonardo Da Vinci. He was able to tackle interesting subjects from Barns, Covered Bridges, Tools, devices from the past, and even meteorology and explain them in a wonderfully succinct and understandable way. His illustrations were the key to his work. By providing excellent pen & ink (and sometimes watercolor) illustrations, he was able to convey complex ideas in an easily understandable manner. This work is the epitome of his science writing for the public. Any Eric Sloane was an American Leonardo Da Vinci. He was able to tackle interesting subjects from Barns, Covered Bridges, Tools, devices from the past, and even meteorology and explain them in a wonderfully succinct and understandable way. His illustrations were the key to his work. By providing excellent pen & ink (and sometimes watercolor) illustrations, he was able to convey complex ideas in an easily understandable manner. This work is the epitome of his science writing for the public. Any one who has wanted a better understanding of air currents, air pressure, warm & cold fronts, clouds,storms, and any other weather phenomena, would do well to take a look at this book. You will never look at a weather map in the same way. Weather should be visualized in a 3-D fashion, and Sloane is able to show this on a two-dimensional page.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Doug

    Wow! When I first got the book, I thought what is this with all the silly drawings and put it on my shelf. Im glad I finally pulled it out! It is probably the best and most practical book on weather I have read Zane I have read quite a few! Great practical illustrations of how the weather works. I will likely reread it down the road to reinforce what I have read! Great stuff...Im going to read more by this author! Wow! When I first got the book, I thought what is this with all the silly drawings and put it on my shelf. I’m glad I finally pulled it out! It is probably the best and most practical book on weather I have read Zane I have read quite a few! Great practical illustrations of how the weather works. I will likely reread it down the road to reinforce what I have read! Great stuff...I’m going to read more by this author!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Eric Sloane's Weather Book" was a very fun, easy-to-understand, and fascinating book about weather. He explained ways that a person can predict the weather by looking at the sky, how to read weather maps--what all the symbols mean--and use weather instruments. He covered information about our atmosphere, air, winds, heat, and clouds, and how it all works together to create weather. The author has a gift for making difficult ideas very easy to understand. He also included many black and white "Eric Sloane's Weather Book" was a very fun, easy-to-understand, and fascinating book about weather. He explained ways that a person can predict the weather by looking at the sky, how to read weather maps--what all the symbols mean--and use weather instruments. He covered information about our atmosphere, air, winds, heat, and clouds, and how it all works together to create weather. The author has a gift for making difficult ideas very easy to understand. He also included many black and white illustrations that reinforced what was taught in the text and made it clear. The book was packed full of practical information on how to become weather-wise. This book was first written some time ago (in 1949) and was based off of articles that the author wrote for sailors and aviators. Most of the information is still completely relevant, but it does show it's age in a few places. I'd highly-recommend this well-written and interesting book to anyone who's curious about how weather is created and how to predict it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Published before I was born, the pictures in this book make understanding weather and all accompanying phenomena (air, temperature, wind, rain, snow, climate, etc) much easier and straightforward than the college class I took on the same subject. I interrupted my wife several times while reading this book to share with her a tidbit or two.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shell

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I found myself checking the sky more. I also understand some of the meaning to saying that I have heard over the years.Thank you so much. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in the collection.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rick

    Excellent book on weather phenomena without all the technical jargon. A must read for weather geeks without mathematical boredom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This is a great little book explaining North American weather simply for the common layman like me. It was written in the 50s, so it has drawings (!), but they're very good and add to the charm.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    This book will require two or three read-throughs, I think. There is just too much information crammed in for the average person to remember it all, unless you already have a background in weather science. My favorite part of this book is the copious amount of illustrations to help me understand the ideas being described. The only downsides I can think of are: 1) Since this book is older than my parents, devices like "weather maps" (as in, physical maps with hot and cold fronts printed on them This book will require two or three read-throughs, I think. There is just too much information crammed in for the average person to remember it all, unless you already have a background in weather science. My favorite part of this book is the copious amount of illustrations to help me understand the ideas being described. The only downsides I can think of are: 1) Since this book is older than my parents, devices like "weather maps" (as in, physical maps with hot and cold fronts printed on them for the average citizen to pick up every day) and "portable victrolas" (in other words, portable record players) aren't very good reference points for today's reader any longer. He especially lingers on the way to read weather maps, making me feel sad I can't apply my new knowledge of them. (Alas, weather.com does not provide stationary weather maps....) 2) Sometimes the chapters really do feel like a dump of information, as if the author brainstormed everything he could say about a topic and then strung it all together. Paragraphs will switch subjects somewhat abruptly and sometimes leave me wishing he had explained a little further before moving on. Also, sometimes the author takes for granted the experiences of his audience which may have been entirely fair in the 1950s but aren't so obvious today, such as "Most of us have been swimming during a rain when each rain drop hit the water's surface with a little sparkling light." Whoa, raindrops will sparkle when they hit the water? Wait, since when do 'most' of us swim during the rain? Is this really common knowledge? Tell me more! He doesn't elaborate. I guess it was just too obvious. Now I'm not only lamenting the loss of weather maps, but also the magical connection with the weather than Eric Sloane took for granted!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Juli Anna

    This is a brilliant introduction to meteorology with simple explanations and so many beautiful, helpful illustrations. While not a weather forecasting handbook per se, this book provides a solid education in the mechanics of weather. It's an old volume (originally published in 1949) but it has aged very well. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a solid, basic education in the workings of our atmosphere.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chrissy Michael

    A book I bought for my son and couldn't wait for him to finish so I could read it. Interesting and cute drawings.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Schmelzle

    loved the illustrations in this as a kid

  12. 4 out of 5

    David Statman

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kessa

  14. 5 out of 5

    Riko Stan

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    Habib Coulibaly

  16. 4 out of 5

    Paul Parkinson

  17. 4 out of 5

    Josiah Keller

  18. 5 out of 5

    Emily Rochocki

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

  20. 5 out of 5

    Robert Christie

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Green

  22. 4 out of 5

    Rob Mitchell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Material Lives

  24. 4 out of 5

    James Nickel

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    Peter A. Lio

  26. 4 out of 5

    Greg

  27. 5 out of 5

    lynda parker

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dave E

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daryl Irby

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason

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