Cover image for Reading the clouds / Oliver Perkins.
Reading the clouds / Oliver Perkins.
Publication Information:
London : Adlard Coles Nautical, 2018.

Physical Description:
128 pages : illustrations (colour), maps ; 22 cm


Call Number
Material Type
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551.576 PER Book Adult General Collection

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An at-a-glance guide to the clouds for anyone taking part in outdoor activities on land or at sea, anywhere in the world. This book is an accessible and practical handbook for predicting the weather by recognizing cloud types, shapes, color, and behavior.

TV forecasts, online predictions and smartphone apps are all based on the same data--a number-crunched overview of how air pressure and temperature will have an impact on the weather across 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 any in-depth scientific understanding. You just need to look up.

With this book in hand, you will get a broad understanding of why the clouds are symptoms of weather patterns, not causes. People have been reading signs in the sky for thousands of years, and with clear, full-color photographs, this book shows you exactly what those signs mean.

"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

Author Notes

Oliver Perkins raced a Laser 4.7 for the British team and has sailed his family's yacht out of Bosham, Chichester, for many years. He writes for Yachting Monthly and Practical Boat Owner.

Table of Contents

Tom CunliffeDuncan Wells
Forewordp. 6
Forewordp. 7
1 Getting to know the basicsp. 8
2 Reading the high cloudsp. 23
3 Reading the middle cloudsp. 36
4 Reading the low cloudsp. 42
5 Clouds with vertical growthp. 59
6 Weather forecasting rulesp. 66
7 Local conditionsp. 76
8 Weather lorep. 99
9 Quiz - what did you learn?p. 110
Appendix 1 Logging your observationsp. 112
Appendix 2 The Beaufort Scale of wind speedp. 114
About the Authorp. 118
Acknowledgementsp. 118
Bibliographyp. 119
Glossaryp. 120
Indexp. 122
Quick Reference Guidep. 124
Quiz Answersp. 128