The Cloudspotter S Guide The Science History And Culture Of Clouds

Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Publisher: TarcherPerigee
ISBN: 0399533451
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Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up.

Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless artists, Romantic poets, and every kid who's ever held a crayon? Veteran journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor-Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to art and pop culture. Cumulus, nimbostratus, and the dramatic and surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies.

Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.

The Cloudspotter S Guide The Science History And Culture Of Clouds The Cloud Collector S Handbook

Author: Anton Parshin
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ISBN: B073X5RJMV
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Clouds are one of the most important atmospheric phenomena, which are observed at hydrometeorological stations. Clouds are systems of cloud elements, suspended in the atmosphere (products of water vapor condensation), and when they condense, precipitation occurs (rain, snow or sometimes hail). The cloud cover affects air temperature and diurnal temperature range, and therefore other meteorological phenomena, by reducing influx of solar heat and light in the daytime, and dramatically attenuating ground radiation and cooling the Earth's surface at night.
Clouds (cloud amount), especially dense and thick, can greatly complicate aviation operations. When cloud cover is low it’s more difficult for a plane to takeoff or to land. In liquid-phase supercooled clouds an aircraft is being covered with wet growth ice, which is very dangerous. Also there are threads such as lightning and sudden change of ascending and descending air currents.
The formation of various forms of cloud characterizes many atmospheric processes, typical for the area. The results of observations of cloud amount, received at the meteorological stations, are essential for synoptic weather analysis and forecasting, as they are included in the synoptic telegrams sent to the Weather Bureau and HydroMetCenter of the Russian Federation, and are used to study climate. Therefore, observers should carefully define the following cloud data:
1) total number of clouds and low clouds,
2) shape of the clouds,
3) cloud base height of medium and low clouds

Determining the amount and form of the clouds is produced visually without instruments. The accuracy of observations, and consequently, their value, depends on the observer’s competence and systematic observations of the state of the sky and its changes over time.
Visual observations help to determine not only the number and form of the cloud, but also to make some conclusions about their microstructure (e.g., the presence of ice particles in them).
Pictures of clouds, taken from meteorological satellites, have confirmed previous findings that the clouds do form large-scale cloud systems (macrosystems) and medium systems (mesosystems), which determine the weather patterns in the area. In this regard, in Chapter 2 (2.2) a brief description of the macro- and meso-scale cloud system is given, and in addition to the description of the cloud fronts systems there is some information about the possible deviations in their formation.
Information about the cloud systems, especially mesosystems related with fronts, is reported for the first time. It will be useful in solving such problems as the alignment of surface and satellite observations, the method development of mesoscale synoptic processes’ analysis and etc, the problems, which have arisen with the advent of weather satellites.
It is important for the observer to understand the essence of the most important atmospheric processes leading to the formation of various clouds forms. This understanding identifies competence of the observer. It helps him to make correct observations in the more difficult cases, when the clouds are slightly different from the images in the Atlas, and refers to transitional forms. Origin of transitional forms is described in Chapter 2 (2.3).
Description of clouds as a local weather feature is made with consideration of the scale of the cloud systems, which include expected effects. This allows observers to understand better the difference between processes and cloud systems of different scales.
Chapter 3 includes a new concept of territorial characteristics of the clouds, which allows concluding that the specific forms of clouds are closely connected with some large areas, which are characterized not only by the latitudinal zones, but also by relatively homogeneous thermal and dynamic conditions.

The Cloudspotter S Guide

Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101203315
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Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just ...

The Cloud Collector S Handbook

Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452105189
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Sure to be a hit with both aspiring and seasoned cloud gazers, this clever handbook will have everyone looking up.

Extraordinary Clouds

Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: David & Charles
ISBN: 9780715332818
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The images chosen use satellite photography as well as ground-based pictures and the collection demonstrates the most unexpected and seemingly impossible patterns that can be created by the natural cycles of weather.

Kids Book Of Clouds Sky

Author: Frank Staub
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402728068
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Answers questions about the sky at various times of the day, the sun, clouds, weather, and related topics, and suggests experiments.

The Cloudspotter

Author: Tom McLaughlin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408880474
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His real name was Franklin. But everyone called him The Cloudspotter ... The Cloudspotter doesn't have many friends. He spends his time, all by himself, spotting not just clouds but adventures in the sky. This way, he doesn't feel so alone.

The Islands Of The Blessed

Author: Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439160473
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The Invention Of Clouds

Author: Richard Hamblyn
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 033053730X
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Richard Hamblyn charts Howard’s life from obscurity to international fame, and back to obscurity once more.

Clouds That Look Like Things

Author: Gavin Pretor-Pinney
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ISBN: 9781444728286
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A feast for all cloud-appreciators with a sense of humour - a collection of stunning photos of clouds in the shape of surprising things from the author of the bestselling THE CLOUDSPOTTER'S GUIDE.

Meteorology Today

Author: C. Donald Ahrens
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 1305480627
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The Book Of Clouds

Author: John A. Day
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
ISBN: 9781402728136
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Clouds are simple enough, just a collection of ice crystals or water droplets visible to everyone.