The Weather Book: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to the USA's Weather

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Featuring the full-color weather graphics of America's favorite newspaper, here is a newly revised edition of the most readable guide to our nation's weather. It also includes an updated state-by-state guide to weather patterns and scientifically accurate records. Online promo.

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Jack Williams was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and served in the US Marine Corps after graduating from high school. After his military service, he attended Jacksonville (Fla.) University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and government in 1962. He began his journalism career at the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville while attending college and subsequently worked at the Jacksonville Journal, the Rochester Times Union, and Rochester’s Democrat & Chronicle. In September 1982, when USA Today began publication, Jack Williams served as the weather page editor.In 1992, as Hurricane Andrew battered Dade County, Williams was in the National Hurricane Center, which was on the fringe of the strongest winds. He has flown into three hurricanes and has chased tornadoes with researchers. In January 1999 Williams was one of the half dozen journalists selected by the National Science Foundation to report on research in Antarctica.He is the author of The USA Today Weather Book, which won The American Meteorological Society’s Louis J. Battan Author’s Award, and The USA Today Weather Almanac.

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The oft-disparaged USA Today has influenced the American press most notably in its thorough, graphic approach to weather. This book, written by the founding editor of the newspaper's weather page and illustrated by its artists, taps that expertise. Useful both as a reference work and a browse, the book presents a wealth of information, making complex ideas--such as why wind directions change with altitude--accessible through colorful maps and graphics. Chapters cover everything from storms to droughts, with a look at weather forecasting as well as the diversity of our country's weather. The chapters include interesting tidbits such as the effect of heat on an airplane's takeoff distance and the importance of seeking higher ground during a flood. Boxed sidebars examine weather disasters and profile weather scientists such as Jack Parrish, who flies into hurricanes to study them. In the margins Williams offers weather factoids such as Eskimo names for snow. Only infrequently does the newspaper's cutesy style grate, such as in a graphic headlined "Inside the Sun: Our Life-Giving Inferno." Included are a glossary and weather record for all 50 states.
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