reader. The first of the two sessions (of the book) accept it from me, an ex-met man—the forecasts that consists of six brief two-page papers, while the second come from the happy marriage of a human forecaster consists of a single two-page paper. and the machine are much more accurate and detailed Anyone who wishes or needs to keep abreast of than they were in the old days when we had to do it all work being conducted internationally in the develop- by hand." ment and application of air pollution models will prob- Weather forecasts are vital to everyone to a differ- ably find this volume to be well worth acquiring. —Russell F. Lee. Russell F. Lee is a meteorologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on assignment from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administra- tion, Durham, North Carolina. > / ubliskezs (^Icademic (£Ptess The Weather Handbook. Alan Watts. 1994. 187 111 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10003; pp. $19.95. Hardbound. Sheridan House. ISBN 0- telephone: 407-345-4100 924486-76-7. Before commenting on The Weather Handbook, I'd ^amtmdfe Hinivetsity <£Ptess like to give a few words about the author, Alan Watts. 110 Midland Ave., Portchester, NY As an eight-year-old boy, Watts became fascinated by 10573; telephone: 914-937-9600 what makes the weather as he splashed through puddles left by a heavy shower. He joined the British ^he (^}ohns (^tofkins Navy in the late 1940s, went to school, and became a mnivevsitif <£Pvess weather officer in the 1950s at the Thorney Island Air 701 W. 40th St., Baltimore, MD21211; Base near his home. Now in his 60s, Watts has been telephone: 410-516-6900 the author of six to eight books on weather. He took up sailboat racing and became an expert in forecasting CaPiluwev (^hcddemic <£Ptess the sea breeze. His writings on the sea breeze were 101 Philip Dr., Assinippi Park, Norwell, printed in Yachting World, and soon he was asked to MA 02061; telephone: 617-871 -6300 author a book entitled Wind and Sailing Boats. From there he has written a series of books. His great Oxford tylnivevsitif <£Pzess book—Instant Weather Forecasting—has been sol- 198 Madison Ave., New York, NY idly in print for the last 25 years and in 10 different 10016-4314; telephone 212-726-6000 languages. Watts's latest effort, The Weather Handbook, is most informative, understandable and easy to read, (£Pienum <£Pubtishing ^omfany whether the reader is a 12-year-old or a senior citizen. 233 Spring St., New York, NY 10013; The Weather Handbook covers all the elements of telephone: 1-800-221-9369 weather you can see and feel. An accurate forecast is most likely when all various weather conditions are observed and reported accurately. This book contains 29 West 35th St., New York, NY 10001; all the facts on temperature, sky, and wind but does telephone: 212-244-3336 not read like a textbook. Reading this book, written in conversational style, is more like listening to your <^heri$an <^plouse favorite AMS television meteorologist talk about the 145 Palisade St., Dobbs Ferry, NY various weather situations in many parts of the country 10522; telephone: 914-693-2410 and then telling you what kind of weather you should expect locally. QfJest <£PubUskiny ^omyanif In fact, in the first chapter the author says "Listen to Box 64526, 610 Opperman Dr., St. the forecasts, note what they say, and then use your Paul, MN 55164-0526; telephone: own knowledge to refine the details for your own area." 1-800-328-9352 When discussing computer forecasting early in the book he says "There is no doubt about it—and you can 1472 Vol. 76, No. 8, August 1995
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