How the Weather Works – books review

Tuesday 17th Dec 2013 by theWeather Club

How the Weather Works
Author: Christiane Dorion and Beverley Young
Year: 2011
Publisher: Templar

If you are interested in the weather or have a question about the wind, rain or clouds then this book is for you. How the weather works is a hands-on book with flaps to open, tabs to pull, wheels to turn, and a giant pop-up of a hurricane. It is packed with illustrations along with interesting facts and is packed full of information. There some experiments to try out yourself and things to make so you can take your own weather observations. You could read this book from front to back or find out one or two facts. Younger children aged 5-7 may enjoy the pop-ups and interactive pictures but to get the most from this book I suggest the reader needs to be 9-11 years old. I really enjoyed it. By Amber Bentley (Aged 11).

Stormy Weather - Horrible Geography
Author: Anita Ganeri
Year: 2008
Publisher: Scholastic

As the name suggests this book is focussed on the horrible parts of weather. There is a bit of general atmospheric physics at the beginning of the book and a (great) guide to becoming a meteorologist at the end, but these are bookends to the meat of the book which is reserved for thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes. In my opinion this is no bad thing - sure, sea breezes, radiation fog and icicle formation don’t get a look in, but this is more than made up for by the careful time spent on each of the three terrifying weather types. This focus allows Ganeri to go into real detail about formation and all the associated other pieces of information like the names of clouds and the shape of raindrops as well as lots of lighter-hearted asides to draw you (and your children) in. Not only is the language great but Mike Phillips’ illustrations are brilliant. They are informative, accurate and often very funny.

DK Eyewitness Companions – Weather
Year: 2008
Publisher: Dorling Kindersley

This title was produced in association with the Met Office and is organised as a series of short articles covering six main themes, starting with the History of Weather and concluding with Climate Change. The book starts with an introduction and ends with a glossary of meteorological terms, a list of weather-related web sites and an index. The glossary is particularly useful for the layman, though there are one or two omissions. The organization of the book encourages dipping in and out rather than reading from cover to cover. Each page is packed with a lot of interesting facts, a few of which may be new to most meteorologists. The density of information, along with several illustrations, necessitated a rather small, though fortunately clear, typeface.

Teach Yourself Weather
Author: Peter Inness
Year: 2008
Publisher: Teach Yourself

This is a great book which covers a wide range of weather at an introductory level. It is very well written and is easy to read - certainly an interesting and easily digestible book. I would recommend this book to read if you are looking for an overall introduction to the weather, or even to remind yourself about things you learnt a long time ago and have since forgotten!


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