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The Pocket Cloud Book How to Understand the Skies

Field / Identification Guide
By: Richard Hamblyn(Author)
144 pages, 149 colour photos
Publisher: David & Charles
The Pocket Cloud Book
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  • The Pocket Cloud Book ISBN: 9781446310113 Edition: 2 Hardback Sep 2023 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

Learn how to understand the skies with this comprehensive pocket guide to cloudspotting.

Clouds have been the object of fascination throughout history, their fleeting magnificence and endless variability providing food for thought for scientists and daydreamers alike.

Clouds may have many individual shapes, but there are a few basic forms. In this definitive guide to the clouds and the skies, Richard Hamblyn introduces you to all the different cloud species. The Pocket Cloud Book will enable you to identify individual clouds, skies and phenomena. You will also be able to track their likely changes over time and predict the implications they have for the weather you may experience.

This brand new pocket-size edition includes the 12 new cloud types only recently officially recognised by the World Meteorological Organization. Many of these previously only had informal names, but their new Latin classification brings them into the fold of officially adopted global meteorological terms. It also includes an updated section on climate change and the role that clouds might play in shaping future conditions on Earth.

Produced in association with the Met Office – the world's premier weather forecasting bureau – all things to do with the origin and development of a cloud are here. Whether you are looking at a giant cumulonimbus or a tiny shred of stratus factus, an everyday occurrence or a fleeting rarity, your cloudspotting will be expertly informed and much more satisfying with this handy reference guide. This book will enable you to not only identify individual clouds and skies as they might appear at any given moment, but also to track their likely changes over time, and thus predict weather patterns.

Illustrated with stunning images from around the globe, this pocket edition is the perfect size to take with you on walks and have it handy in the garden so that you can enjoy sky-gazing every day. This is the only guide to cloud classification that you will ever need, in handy and practical pocket-friendly size.


- Introduction
- The Classification System & its History
- Glossary
- Low Clouds
- Medium Clouds
- High Clouds
- Special Clouds and Other Phenomena
- Clouds and Climate Change
- Quick Cloud Identifier
- Acknowledgments
- Index

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Dr Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Invention of Clouds (2002), which won the LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize. He is also the author of The Cloud Book (2008), Extraordinary Clouds (2009) and Extraordinary Weather (2012). He is currently a Writer in Residence at the Environment Institute, University College London.

Field / Identification Guide
By: Richard Hamblyn(Author)
144 pages, 149 colour photos
Publisher: David & Charles
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