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An Amazon Associate WebsiteWe offer Weather Books here of all types ranging from basic meteorology to advanced doppler radar and satellite techniques to home experiments you can do with your children. All books can be ordered securely online via WeatherShop's Exclusive Partnering Program with Amazon.com.


The USA TODAY Weather Book WeatherShop's TOP PICK The USA TODAY Weather Book by Jack Williams. Explains the basics of meteorology with text and the kind of colorful graphics that have become USA TODAY's trademark. The American Meteorological Society (AMS) awarded Williams its Louis J. Battan Author's Award for the book in January 1994. The AMS and many scientists have commented on the book's scientific accuracy and the AMS is using it in its education program. It is an easy to read book with lots of colorful 3D illustrations that have no equal anywhere. Suitable for ages 8 through adults. 
If you only buy one book about weather in your lifetime, buy this one! You won't be disappointed.

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Basic and Beginner Meteorology

The Audubon Society Field Guide The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather by David M. Ludlum can be used to identify clouds and other sky phenomena in much the way a field guide to birds is used. A key, using symbols representative of phenomena such as cumulus clouds or rainbows, guides readers through the book's 378 photographs. The pages to turn to for textual information are listed with each photo. The Guide would make a good supplement to any of the other general interest books listed here. List Price: $19.95
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The Audubon Society Field Guide The Handy Weather Answer Book by Dr. Walter A. Lyons    Dr. Lyons and I (Anthony Watts) go back a few years. He's always been a very practical guy, and he did a wonderful job as an on-air TV meteorologist in Minneapolis explaining weather to his viewers. This book is much like that, simple, sensible answers to sometimes hard to explain weather and meteorological phenomena. Perhaps a bit light on illustrations, but certainly a good reference to have when you just want to get a few questions answered in a short time. List Price: $19.95
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Paperback - 397 pages (October 1996)
 

 

Weather- Facts on File Series

Blizzards - Facts on file Blizzards (Facts on File Dangerous Weather Series) by Michael Allaby A pictorial book for young adults and adults who prefer light reading, this book examines the hows and whys of some of the worst winter weather, historical storms of the past, plus has nicely illustrated diagrams showing how storms form, lake effect snows cause heavy snowfall downwind, and how ice storms form. Lots of  photographs and drawings.
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Hardcover - 128 pages (December 1997)
 

 

Blizzards - Facts on file A Chronology of Weather (Facts on File Dangerous Weather Series) by Michael Allaby A pictorial book for young adults and adults who prefer light reading, this book examines the hows and whys of weather,climate, forecasting, and severe weather plus has nicely illustrated diagrams showing how storms form, weather is measured and forecasted and also how severe weather is tracked with Doppler radar. Lots of   photographs and drawings.
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Hardcover - 128 pages (December 1997)
 

 

Blizzards - Facts on file Droughts (Facts on File Dangerous Weather Series) by Michael Allaby A pictorial book for young adults and adults who prefer light reading, this book tells why geography and climate conspire to create droughts and deserts. It also explores weather cycles like El Nino and La Nina and their contribution to periodic droughts. Lots of photographs and  drawings.
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Hardcover - 128 pages (March 1998)
 

 

Blizzards - Facts on file Hurricanes (Facts on File Dangerous Weather Series) by Michael Allaby A pictorial book for young adults and adults who prefer light reading, this book explores the high drama world of hurricane chasing in hurricane hunter planes, the science behind hurricane forecasting, and the human toll left by these storms. Also includes info on the "big ones" like Andrew and Camille plus hurricane tracks through history. Lots of photographs and drawings.
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Hardcover - 128 pages (June 1997)
 

 

Blizzards - Facts on file Tornadoes (Facts on File Dangerous Weather Series) by Michael Allaby A book for young adults and adults who prefer light reading. If you've ever watched the evening news and seen tornado damage in amazement. you'll want to read this book. Everything from making your own twister in a bottle to tracking tornadoes with NEXRAD Doppler Radar. Learn about Tornado Chasers and how they find twisters. Some science facts can be a bit over younger readers.
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Hardcover - 128 pages June 1997)
 

 

Blizzards - Facts on file Tornadoes Can Make It Rain Crabs : Weird Facts About the World's Worst Disasters : A Weird-But-True Book (Strange World)
by Melvin Berger, Gilda Berger (Contributor), Robert Roper (Illustrator) A collection of bizarre facts about natural disasters includes lesser-known tidbits about tidal waves, earthquakes, volcanoes, lightning strikes, and the sinking of the Titanic. A fun book for children that like science and weather- the low price makes it a great birthday or holiday gift. 
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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Paperback (August 1997)
 

 

Clouds in a Glass of Beer

 

Clouds in a Glass of Beer and What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks by Craig F. Bohren are delightful introductions to atmospheric phenomena and scientific thinking. Bohren uses simple "experiments" such as sprinkling salt in beer to create bubbles to explain aspects of how the atmosphere works. Along the way, he uses experiments and sound scientific thinking to demolish ideas such as the old saw that humid, cold days are more uncomfortable than dry, cold days. Borhen goes to the basics of physics to explain phenomena such as dew on the grass or why car headlights, unlike other electric lights, don't go out immediately when you turn them off. (everything in his books isn't directly related to weather) Both books also offer many simple experiments, such as measuring the temperature at which water boils to determine the height of the top of a hill. His introduction to The Doppler Effect is a good way to begin understanding how Doppler radar works. What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks
 

 

Skywatch: The Western Weather Guide Skywatch: The Western Weather Guide by Richard A. Keen is, as the title says, a guide to the weather of the U.S. West. But, in order to explain the Chinook winds of the Rockies or the dryness of Death Valley, Calif., Keen first outlines the basics of meteorology. This he does with an easy style that illuminates without blinding the reader with details. The book is one of the few available with information on the rare tropical storms that have affected the West Coast.
 

 

Skywatch East: A Weather Guide Skywatch East: A Weather Guide by Richard A. Keen followed his book on western weather. While it has a focus on the East, it also covers the basics of meteorology. It includes some of the same material as his earlier work but also has additional information, including a chapter on how to observe the weather.
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Advanced Meteorology
Atmospheric Science Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey by John Wallace and Pater V. Hobbs presents the basics of meteorology in more detail than texts aimed at non scientists. A knowledge of calculus and college physics is really necessary to understand the book. It is a good choice for scientists or engineers in other fields who want, or need, to learn the basics of meteorology. The basic formulas in meteorology are derived and explained.
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Climate and climate change
The Changing Atmosphere: A Global Challenge The Changing Atmosphere: A Global Challenge by John Firor is a good, brief overview of the questions about climate change and ozone depletion. The American Meteorological Society awarded Firor its 1993 Louis J. Battan Author's Award for this book. Firor, who is director of the Advanced Study Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, not only describes aspects of the atmosphere but how scientists use methods such as computer modeling to understand what's going on. Our Price: $13.95
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Paperback Reprint edition (August 1992)
 

 

Riddle of the Ice Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic by Myron Arms. Scientists have good reason to think that the interactions among the Atlantic Ocean, the Arctic's sea ice, Greenland's ice cap and the atmosphere in the Labrador Sea and Davis Strait between Greenland and Canada are key players in the climate of the entire Earth. The author takes us on a journey to this region in a 50-foot sailboat, blending the events of the journey with reports of what he's learned from climate scientists. What would otherwise be abstract climate theory becomes as real to readers as the icebergs encountered in the Davis Strait. The book's excellent notes and bibliography are a good guide to anyone interested in pursuing the topics covered.
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Hardcover - 288 pages 1 Anchor edition (February 1998)
 

 

Currents of Change Currents of Change: El Niño's Impact on Climate and Society by Michael H. Glantz. This is the best introduction to El Niño available. Glantz covers the basics of the science, but the focus is on how scientists built our current understanding of El Niño by discovering over the years how events around the Pacific and in other parts of the world were all connected; how they are all part of what we now call El Niño. The book is also a good source of information on the consequences of El Niño and how societies are responding. Since it was published in 1996, it of course does not include the big 1997-98 El Niño. Our Price: $21.95
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Paperback - 194 pages (October 1996)
 

 

Storms and Severe Weather

All About Lightning All About Lightning by Martin A. Uman uses questions such as "Does lightning always strike the tallest object?" to cover the basics of lightning and its effects. The book should answer just about any question that anyone but an advanced student of the topic has about lightning. And, for those who want more advanced knowledge, Uman offers an extensive listing of articles and books. This book is probably the best way to begin learning about lightning.
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Paperback - 167 pages (December 1986)
 

 

Twister Twister: The Science of Tornadoes and the Making of an Adventure Movie by Keay Davidson. This 1996 book as a little bit about the making of the movie Twister and a lot of good, solid information about tornadoes, including the history of tornadoes and of the scientific understanding of tornadoes. It's by far the best book available about tornadoes. 
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Paperback - 202 pages (June 1996)
 

 

Looking at the sky

Rainbows, Halos, and Glories Rainbows, Halos, and Glories by Robert Greenler explains what causes many of the different kinds of light phenomena in the sky. These include common sights such as rainbows and rare kinds of arcs and mirages. A high-school level knowledge of basic geometry would be helpful in understanding the book. If nothing else, reading this book should encourage readers to look up and see things such as halos that are relatively common but that most people never notice. 
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Lightning! : And Thunderstorms (The Weather Channel)
by Mike Graf
Lots of easy to understand diagrams and pictures.

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Weather Forecasting

The Essence of Chaos by Edward N. Lorenz is an introduction to the topic by the scientist who "discovered" chaos. Lorenz's idea has become key to theories of weather forecasting and to other sciences. A brief description of how Lorenz began the chain of thinking that led to the chaos theory and its implications for weather forecasting is in the forecasting chapter of The USA TODAY Weather Book. In his own book, Lorenz describes his work and its implications. The book is based on a series of lectures Lorenz gave at the University of Washington. Often it's said that one idea from chaos theory is "the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas." Lorenz's discussion of what this means, and doesn't mean, is enlightening. List Price: $13.37
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The Weather Revolution The Weather Revolution by Jack Fishman and Robert Kalish explains how technologies such as super computers, satellites and Doppler radar are improving weather forecasts. While the authors include some explanations of weather, readers with some meteorological background will have an easier time reading the book. Still, Weather Revolution is intended for general readers and no mathematical equations are used. Along with describing how the new technologies are used, the authors give brief histories. One of the most interesting of these is the story of how Lewis F. Richardson developed some of the key concepts used in computer forecasting during and immediately after World War I, long before computers were invented.
 

 

Winter Weather
The Avalanche Handbook The Avalanche Handbook by David McClung and Peter Schaerer is the guide to avalanches. The book covers the weather and snow conditions that set the stage for avalanches. It describes what happens during various kinds of avalanches and has chapters on forecasting, safety and protection. The book would be especially useful to anyone who goes skiing in the back country - away from ski areas. It is also a good introduction to what happens to snow after it falls and would be of interest to anyone who likes wintry weather. List Price: $19.95
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Winter: An Ecological Handbook Winter: An Ecological Handbook by James C. Halfpenny and Roy Douglas Ozanne answers, in detail, how plants, animals and even insects survive in cold and snow. While the book goes into scientific detail in places, it doesn't require a great deal of specialized knowledge to understand. A large section of "People and Winter" has important information for anyone who ventures out into cold and snow. This section includes one of the most extensive discussions of wind chill available outside highly technical publications. The final chapter "Experiencing Winter," describes several scientific experiments that teachers or parents could use to get students outdoors and into science. List Price: $16.95
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Paperback - 273 pages 1st Ed. edition (December 1989)
 

 

Weather Videos
Eyewitness:Weather (1996)
Experiments and fun concepts

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Nova - Hurricane!

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Nova - Tornado! (1985)
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Twister (the movie)

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Starring: Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton, et al.
Director: Jan De Bont

 

 

Twister (DVD)

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• Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, THX, HiFi Sound, Surround Sound, Digital Sound
• ASIN: 6304184832

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Killer Twisters

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Nova: Lightning

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Raging Planet - Flood

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Raging Planet - Lightning (1998)

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Raging Planet Video Raging Planet - Hurricane  

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Raging Planet - Tornado

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Raging Planet - Tidal Wave (1997)

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