Weather Wise is a highly practical, lively and very accessible guide to weather phenomena for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Suitable for sailors, walkers, climbers, skiers, fishermen, golfers and holidaymakers, it explains how forthcoming weather will affect them, as well as how to predict what is coming and assess how severe it will be. No other weather book has the practical hands-on approach of Alan Watts, whose reputation for explaining complicated meteorological situations in an understandable way for the average reader is second to none. Packed with practical tips, hints and fact panels, it will be a godsend to anyone pursuing an outdoor activity. Covers: the seasons, clouds, heat and cold, rain, changeable weather, showery weather, wind, thunder, fog and mist, sea weather, hill and mountain weather and hurricanes and tornadoes
Victorian Britain, with its maritime economy and strong links between government and scientific enterprises, founded an office to collect meteorological statistics in 1854 in an effort to foster a modern science of the weather. But as the office turned to prediction rather than data collection, the fragile science became a public spectacle, with its forecasts open to daily scrutiny in the newspapers. And meteorology came to assume a pivotal role in debates about the responsibility of scientists and the authority of science. Studying meteorology as a means to examine the historical identity of prediction, Katharine Anderson offers here an engrossing account of forecasting that analyzes scientific practice and ideas about evidence, the organization of science in public life, and the articulation of scientific values in Victorian culture. In Predicting the Weather, Anderson grapples with fundamental questions about the function, intelligibility, and boundaries of scientific work while exposing the public expectations that shaped the practice of science during this period. A cogent analysis of the remarkable history of weather forecasting in Victorian Britain, Predicting the Weather will be essential reading for scholars interested in the public dimensions of science.
The weather features mightily and at moments of high drama in the Biblical narrative. This study should appeal to Bible readers who are drawn to reconstruct the events in their mind. Most importantly, the author points to what weather language can teach us about the Triune God.