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  • Location: Devizes, Wiltshire
  • Location: Devizes, Wiltshire

    Hi all,

    I've just set up my 1st weather station in my garden (Lacrosse 2300), and while I have some VERY basic weather knowledge, I am keen to learn more.

    Can anyone recommend any good books on weather and weather forcasting suitable for someone with my limited knowledge?

    Cheers

    Matt.

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  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!
  • Location: Winchester, Hampshire ~ Southern Central!

    May sound silly to some but I have a book that I used to get excited over called the weather by Usbourne - a spotters guide. I spent hours writing the whole book (especially on thunderstorms and more so hurricanes) out on A4 paper!!!

    Here is the link on amazon although I can't find a picture of it ...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0...product-details

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  • Location: Guess!
  • Location: Guess!

    I've got a bookcase shelf full of meteorology textbooks and other weather books, from teaching and a long interest in the weather, but the one book I use on a regular basis is the Collins "gem Weather". It is a tiny thing, one of the smallest books you will ever buy, but for the clarity of images and depth of explanation, it is the best value weather book I have ever invested in. To get a better cloud atlas, with good explanations alone, you could pay £50. This little beauty is about a fiver from any decent bookshop.

    .......and no, I've never written for Collins, honest!

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  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
  • Location: 4 miles north of Durham City
    May sound silly to some but I have a book that I used to get excited over called the weather by Usbourne - a spotters guide. I spent hours writing the whole book (especially on thunderstorms and more so hurricanes) out on A4 paper!!!

    Here is the link on amazon although I can't find a picture of it ...

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0...product-details

    OMG. I remember that book. I really loved it when i was young and it got me interested in the weather.

    I remember it was whitish with a balloon on the back and quite thick?

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.

    Hope this is allowed...

    I have a weather book on Ebay at the moment

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

    A guide to recognising different weather phenomena and understanding their causes. Ilustrated throughout in colour.

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  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
  • Weather Preferences: Anything Extreme!
  • Location: Stanley, County Durham.
    Hope this is allowed...

    I have a weather book on Ebay at the moment

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

    A guide to recognising different weather phenomena and understanding their causes. Ilustrated throughout in colour.

    Just a reminder this book is still on ebay for another 5 mins. It could sell for just £1.99. :( RRP £7.95. Grab a bargain!.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

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  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees
  • Weather Preferences: Snow and cold in winter, warm and sunny in summer
  • Location: Norton, Stockton-on-Tees

    A tad indulgent but 'The Book of Clouds' by John Day is spectacular!

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  • Location: South Pole
  • Location: South Pole

    Has anyone else got the book The Observer's Book of Weather, by Reginald M. Lester, F.R.Met.Soc. It was first published way back in 1955 and the reprint I have is from 1967. I used to read it a lot when I was a small boy and it's the most valuable and treasured book I have on meterology. I imagine it's long since been out of print but it's well worth a read if you can get your hand on a copy (Ebay?). In fact I have the whole Observer's series, they're a great collection. The Astronomy edition by Patrick Moore is excellent.

    Edit/ here it is http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Observers-Book-of-We...1QQcmdZViewItem

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  • Location: Stevenage - Herts (110m ASL)
  • Location: Stevenage - Herts (110m ASL)
    I've got a bookcase shelf full of meteorology textbooks and other weather books, from teaching and a long interest in the weather, but the one book I use on a regular basis is the Collins "gem Weather". It is a tiny thing, one of the smallest books you will ever buy, but for the clarity of images and depth of explanation, it is the best value weather book I have ever invested in. To get a better cloud atlas, with good explanations alone, you could pay £50. This little beauty is about a fiver from any decent bookshop.

    .......and no, I've never written for Collins, honest!

    Hi Paul

    I've saw this yesterday and had a little search on e-bay. I'm pleased to say that I hope to receive a copy in the next couple of days. Thanks for the tip. :D

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  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex
  • Location: Bognor Regis West Sussex

    I have a lovely one, Collins WEATHER- THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO THE ELEMENTS

    If you are interested the ISBN is ISBN 0 00 230064 3

    It has a lovely section about various cloud types among other weather info. I found it easy to understand but detailed too. my copy was printed 1996 so I reckon it's likely to be still in print.

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  • Location: Barnet, North London
  • Location: Barnet, North London
    Hi Paul

    I've saw this yesterday and had a little search on e-bay. I'm pleased to say that I hope to receive a copy in the next couple of days. Thanks for the tip. :blink:

    I too have this little "gem"! (sorry) It's main advantage is that it's so portable!

    If you like clouds, "The Cloudspotters Guide" by Gavin Pretor-Pinney has had a lot of media coverage and is a quite comprehensive guide to observing real weather.

    Good luck with your observations!

    Smich

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  • Location: Stevenage - Herts (110m ASL)
  • Location: Stevenage - Herts (110m ASL)

    Well my little gem arrived today, and theres a lot of information packed into such a tiny book.

    Went outside to study the clouds, and believe it or not it's a cloudless day....typical. :lol:

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