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December 14, 2011

Holiday Gift Pick: Children's Book Snow by Cynthia Rylant

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Christmas is about children, and children love snow. Snow by author Cynthia Rylant lets them experience the pleasure of a wintry day.

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Illustrated beautifully by Lauren Stringer.

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November 11, 2011

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012 and Weather-Only Kindle Edition

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Many of us wouldn't feel comfortable starting a new year without our latest edition Farmer's Almanac. The Old Farmer's Almanac 2012 will feature weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus the science behind weather folklore. You will find accurate astronomical data along with best-viewing recommendations for every month.

Other non-weather-specific perks are gardening advice, Dutch oven recipes, headache remedies, plus ideas, hints, and charts that provide simple solutions and shortcuts for everyday challenges.

You can also get 16 months of long-range weather predictions in the weather-only edition of the almanac on your Kindle. The Farmers' Almanac 2012 U.S. Weather Edition includes a weather overview for 2012, detailed forecasts for September 2011 through December 2012, average frost dates for nearly 200 U.S. cities, and peak fall foliage dates for the continental U.S.


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November 10, 2011

Weather 2012 Wall Calendar with Daily Weather Trivia

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No matter what the weather, it is rarely boring. This Weather 2012 wall calendar features striking images by world-renowned photographers of a range of atmospheric conditions -- from a dark horizon fractured by lightning to the terrifying funnel cloud of a tornado. These 12 unforgettable photographs are accompanied by 365 intriguing weather facts.

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July 28, 2011

NOAA New Climate Normals -- Climatologist Heidi Cullen on the Weather of the Future

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As you may have read, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just recalculated its climate "normals," 30-year averages of temperature and precipitation for about 7,500 locations across the United States, a task the agency undertakes every 10 years. The numbers show that the past decade was about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the 70s, which raises the 30-year average by roughly one-half degree. Click the image for enlarged version.

According to Heidi Cullen, a scientist at Climate Central, a journalism and research organization, "Even this seemingly modest shift in climate can mean a big change in weather." From Sizzle Factor for a Restless Climate | New York Times:

In other words, that extra 1.5 degrees might be more than we can afford....The snapshots of climate history from NOAA can also provide a glimpse of what's in store locally in the future. Using climate models, we can project what future Julys might look like. For example, by 2050, assuming we continue to pump heat-trapping pollution into our atmosphere at a rate similar to today's, New Yorkers can expect the number of July days exceeding 90 degrees to double, and those exceeding 95 degrees to roughly triple. Sweltering days in excess of 100 degrees, rare now, will become a regular feature of the Big Apple's climate in the 2050s.

cullenweatheroffuture.JPG Ms Cullen is a well-known climatologist and the author of The Weather of the Future: Heat Waves, Extreme Storms, and Other Scenes from a Climate-Changed Planet. She predicts global warming scenarios for seven spots around the world over the next 40 years with evaluations of the responses of communities, governments, and international organizations.

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July 25, 2011

Headaches and Migraines -- Are Sufferers More Sensitive to Weather Changes?

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Representative Michele Bachmann, who as you know is seeking the US Republican presidential nomination, has recently disclosed that she suffers from intense migraine headaches that necessitate emergency medical treatment.

Did you know that changes in the weather can trigger headaches and migraines for some people? Jerry W. Swanson, M.D.| Mayo Clinic explains these triggers include:

  • Bright sunlight
  • Hot or cold temperatures
  • High humidity
  • Dry air
  • Windy or stormy weather
  • Changes in barometric pressure

Why? "For some people, weather changes may cause imbalances in brain chemicals, including serotonin, which can prompt a migraine. Weather-related triggers may also worsen a headache that starts from other causes."

Dr Swanson provides tips how to cope:

  • Keep a headache diary, listing each migraine, when it happened, how long it lasted and what could have caused it. This can help you determine if you have specific weather triggers.
  • Monitor weather changes and avoid triggers if at all possible. For example, stay indoors during very cold or windy weather.
  • Take your migraine medication at the first sign of a migraine.
  • Make healthy lifestyle choices -- eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, get enough sleep and keep stress under control. These factors can help reduce the number and severity of migraines.

howtheweatheraffectshealth.jpgThe effects that weather sensitivity, climate change, air, heat, cold, solar radiation and violent weather have on us are all presented in How the Weather Affects Your Health by Manfred Kauser, along with preventative and remedial advice on weather-related disorders.

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July 18, 2011

The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011 Edition -- Estimate the Temperature from a Cricket's Chirp

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The Old Farmer's Almanac 2011, which marks the publication's 219th anniversary, contains weather predictions for every day and climatic trends for each season, plus the science behind weather folklore. It also boasts "the most accurate astronomical data under the sun", with best-viewing recommendations for every month.

For instance, The Old Farmer's Almanac teaches nature's formula to estimate the temperature counting cricket chirps. The method:

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Fahrenheit, count number of chirps in 14 seconds then add 40 to get temperature. For example: 30 chirps + 40 = 70° F

To convert cricket chirps to degrees Celsius, count number of chirps in 25 seconds, divide by 3, then add 4 to get temperature. For example: 48 chirps / 3 + 4 = 20° C

or try this Cricket Chirp Calculator.

h/t Lifehacker

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July 7, 2011

Hot and Humid Weather -- How to Condition Yourself for Summer Workouts

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galloway.jpgPeople we know and love are training to run 5K's in this brutal summer heat and humidity. The attendant symptoms of cramping, light-headedness, heat exhaustion and even worse are preventable. It's prudent to slowly acclimate to warm-weather exercise by learning how much one sweats, hydrating prior, wearing loose-fitting, suitable clothing and not over-extending.

Galloway's 5k and 10k Running offers an easy and time-efficient system to train for, and complete a 5K or 10K race. This practical book is chock-full of expert advice, hints, and tips from a former Olympian who has been injury-free for over 25 years.

How to tell how much you are sweating? Pamela Reinsel Cotter: Condition your body for hot conditions | Projo.com offers a couple of ideas:

According to the professor [Dr. Brendon McDermott, assistant professor, Clinical Coordinator for the Graduate Athletic Training Program and co-director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga], everyone should determine their own sweat rate.

"Sweat rate is very simple to calculate," he says. Weigh yourself before exercise, with as little clothing as possible; exercise for a half an hour and don't drink or use the bathroom for that half hour; weigh yourself again, wearing the same amount of clothing to see how much you've lost," McDermott said.

But if you want quicker results, he says, "You can monitor your urine color. It should have a light yellow tinge to it. Lemonade is much better than apple juice. And if you're delving into the iced tea realm, it's time to drink. It's normal to have darker urine in the morning," McDermott said. "As for voiding frequency, some people are camels, other people urinate frequently."

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June 20, 2011

Climate Changes May Increase Health Problems Related to Indoor Air Quality

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Heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather not only affect what's going on outside but likely affect the quality of your indoor air and raise your risk of health problems, according to a new report issued by the Institute of Medicine.

Dampness and poor ventilation contribute to indoor mold and allergens. Emissions from building materials also affect air quality, and misuse of electric generators result in sometimes catastrophic carbon monoxide poisonings.

jeffmayhomehealthtips.jpgJeffrey May, principal scientist at May Indoor Air Investigations in Tyngsborough, MA, and author of several books, including Jeff May's Healthy Home Tips explains: "If you cool air, you get water. You have moisture in the coil of the air conditioner and if you don't have a good filtration system, the dust builds up, and wet dust turns into mold.

Minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings are used to rate how well an air conditioning filter removes dust from the air as it passes through the filter. To minimize allergens in your home, you want an air conditioner filter with a rating of MERV-8 or a MERV-11.

[via WebMD]

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June 7, 2011

Amazon Hot New Weather Book -- Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

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It goes without saying if you need small talk, talk about the weather, right? The weather affects us all and this recently released Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities by Paul Yeager explains why.

The book is packed with fascinating facts to surprise and entertain. It's full of useful (and sometimes, useless!) weather information for the weather junkie and amateur alike and how weather affects our health, sports, historical events and more.


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June 2, 2011

WeatherWise -- How Are Hurricanes Named?

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Every year a list of names for hurricanes is generated. By who? And how do they come up with these names and when do they retire them? This short video over at AccuWeather explains.

stormgeorgerstewart.jpgThe video cites the book Storm (California Legacy) by George R. Stewart (1895-1980, a professor of English at the University of California Berkeley) which initiated the custom of giving storms feminine names. The book chronicles a Pacific storm called Maria in 12 chapters, one for each day in the life of the storm.

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

Originally, only women's names were used, but in 1979, men's names were introduced and are currently alternated with the women's names. The lists are re-cycled every six years, so the 2011 list will be used again in 2017. The only time that there is a change in the list is in the event of a devastating storm. Several names have been changed since the lists were created.

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Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names can be found at the National Hurricane Center.

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March 30, 2011

Weather Book -- The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

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Gone are the afternoons lying in the grass imagining what shapes the clouds are making in the sky above us. Clouds are lovely to look at, continually in flux. They can tell us a lot about current and future weather conditions around us. We just discovered there is actually a The Cloud Appreciation Society, so we know we're not alone in our fascination.

The Cloudspotter's Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the first official publication of The Cloud Appreciation Society. This is a "humorous and instructive tour of the sky", starting at sea-level and discussing the types of clouds that form at each progressive level in the atmosphere. The book contain numerous diagrams and illustrations, a color section in the middle, and over fifty cloud photographs, contributed by the cloud photographers from The Cloud Appreciation Society.

The New York Times features an amazing cloud slideshow accompanied by brief text descriptions from the author.

h/t Book of Joe

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March 8, 2011

National Geographic Complete Survival Manual -- Weathering Natural Disasters

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You just never know what awaits around the corner in this world. Upon relocation to sunny Florida, we experienced 3 hurricanes within a year, after a *dry spell* of decades -- two within 3 weeks, both direct hits. A relative recently took a dream trip to New Zealand and experienced the 6.3 earthquake within 5 hours of arriving in Christchurch.

If you suddenly found yourself in a natural disaster or survival situation, would you know what steps to take to save yourself and your loved ones? The National Geographic Complete Survival Manual by Michael Sweeney offers essential instructions for weathering eight different natural disasters, from hurricanes and tornadoes to earthquakes and forest fires, including an entire chapter on home-based survival.

It focuses on how to survive in six of the world's most hazardous environments--from building a snow fort if you're lost in a blizzard, to surviving a rattlesnake bite in the desert, to navigating safely through the dense rainforest. Ten National Geographic explorers, photographers, and scientists, candidly share their own near-death stories and how they lived to tell them.

The manual includes 200 color photographs and maps, how-to's, bulleted lists, a glossary, cross-referencing, an appendix, and an index.

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October 10, 2008

Understanding Weather and Climate - Updated Information

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The fourth edition of Understanding Weather and Climate has been thoroughly updated throughout. Every part of the text has been examined and updated to ensure currency and clarity.Integrating the classic textbook model with emerging areas of instructional technology, this book focuses on explaining, rather than describing, the processes that produce Earth's weather and climate. The authors encourage a non-mathematical understanding of physical principles as a vehicle for learning about atmospheric processes.

At Understanding Weather and Climate

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October 8, 2008

Yesterday's Weather - Perfect Weather Reading

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This book isn't meteorology focused, but we think you'll find this book about the crazy changing times in modern Ireland very interesting. We really liked this book and think you will too, especially the shear variety of "weather" like tales, and how they effect peoples lives.

Winner of the 2007 Man Booker Prize, Anne Enright's novel The Gathering went on to become a national best seller acclaimed for its electrifying prose and haunting emotional resonance. Now, in Yesterday's Weather, Enright presents a series of deeply moving glimpses into a rapidly changing Ireland: a land of family and tradition, but also, increasingly, of organic radicchio, cruise-ship vacations, and casual betrayals. An artisan farmer seethes at the patronage of a former Catholic-school classmate, now a successful restaurateur; a bride cuckolds her rich husband with an old college friend--a madman who won't take his pills, disappears for weeks at a time, and plays the piano like a dream. Still more startling than loss or deception are the ways in which people respond to them: a wife eaten up by rage at her husband's infidelity must weigh the real stakes after his affair takes a tragic turn; confronted with a similar situation, a woman decides to cheat with, rather than against, her man. Sharp, tender, never predictable, the sum of these stories is a rich tapestry of people struggling to find contentment with one another--and with themselves.

At Yesterday's Weather: Stories

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