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Reading the Clouds How You Can Forecast the Weather

Handbook / Manual
By: Oliver Perkins(Author), Tom Cunliffe(Foreword By), Duncan Wells(Foreword By)
128 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
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  • Reading the Clouds ISBN: 9781399401425 Edition: 2 Paperback Feb 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 5 days
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About this book

Wouldn't it be useful to be able to come up with an accurate weather forecast simply by reading the clouds? Well, with this book, you can!

TV forecasts, online predictions and smartphone apps are all based on the same data – a number-crunched overview of how air pressure and temperature affect the weather over a large geographical area. But to get an idea of how the weather will develop for the precise spot where you're standing (or walking, sailing, golfing, fishing, etc) you don't need any equipment or a wifi connection – you just need to look up.

Reading the Clouds will give you a great understanding of why clouds are symptoms of weather patterns, not causes. Highly practical, it shows you how by reading these signs in the sky and referring to the explanatory colour photos and diagrams, you will be able to tell exactly what those signs mean.

After its very well-received first edition, this second edition is revised and expanded, including plenty of new photos to cover every possible view of the sky. With this at-a-glance guide to the clouds anywhere in the world, on land or at sea, you will be able to predict the weather by recognising cloud types, shapes, colours and behaviour.

Including a Foreword by Tom Cunliffe, writer, TV presenter and yachting instructor, this will be an invaluable companion for everyone who enjoys time spent outdoors.


Foreword by Tom Cunliffe
Foreword by Duncan Wells

1. Getting to know the basics
2. Reading the high clouds
3. Reading the middle clouds
4. Reading the low clouds
5. Clouds with vertical growth
6. Weather forecasting rules
7. Local conditions
8. Weather lore
9. Quiz - what did you learn?

Appendix 1 - Logging your observations
Appendix 2 - The Beaufort scale of wind speed
Quick reference guide

Customer Reviews


Oliver Perkins sailed a Laser 4.7 for the British team. He has written for Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner, is also the author of the Reeds Cloud Handbook and updated the new edition of the late Alan Watts' seminal Weather Handbook, both published by Adlard Coles.

Handbook / Manual
By: Oliver Perkins(Author), Tom Cunliffe(Foreword By), Duncan Wells(Foreword By)
128 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables
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"Well researched – practical information in an easy to assimilate form"
– Professor Richard Collier, former President of the Royal Meteorological Society

"So good that my Yachtmaster candidates would do well to read it. I learned something from this book. I bet you do too
– Tom Cunliffe, author of The Complete Day Skipper and The Complete Yachtmaster

"Absolutely brilliant; a must for anyone who does anything outside and for whom the weather might be important. Everyone, wherever they are in the world, will get something from this book"
– Duncan Wells, author of Stress-Free Sailing

"If you've ever wanted to forecast the weather by analysing clouds, you'll love this book."
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