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April 10, 2008

A Gardener's Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather in the Spring and Fall Seasons

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Each year, as you prepare your garden, you know that sooner or later—in the spring or in the fall or in both—Jack Frost will pay you a visit. Knowing that, what can you do at the start of the gardening season to prepare for those frosty nights? In this book, all aspects of frost are explained to help gardeners start their planting earlier in the spring and extend their growing season later in the fall. You’ll learn what weather systems produce frost, how it damages, or enhances, the flavor of your plants, how to read your garden’s microclimate, and how to design your garden so you can work with frost, instead of against it. The informative text is paired with beautiful full-color photos of useful frost protection techniques and wonderful gardens in their full frosty splendor.

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April 9, 2008

Adventures in Tornado Alley: The Storm Chasers

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With the recent events in Atlanta, we've been trying to do some research on tornados and just what they mean for the US moving forward as a whole. The destructive power of the tornado has always been a source of fear and fascination, and never more so than now, when climate change and extreme weather conditions are constantly in the news.

Across the central United States, the infamous storms of Tornado Alley are fueled by the collision of cold fronts from Canada and warm fronts from the Gulf of Mexico. People have been chasing these storms for decades in pursuit of thrilling experiences, but now a new generation of storm chasers is combining scientific knowledge with powerful images. This book follows Mike Hollingshead and Eric Nguyen on seventeen chases through Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, illustrating the unfolding events with sequential shots and a running commentary by the chasers themselves.

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March 26, 2008

The Cloudspotter's Guide - Know Your Clouds

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Want to know what cloud type is what? Why certain clouds look like a dog while others look like the God of Thunder? This book seeks to instruct and entertain about all things cloud or cloudy. We found it a fun read, and have passed it along to several of our weather obsessed friends.

At The Cloudspotter's Guide

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March 25, 2008

Windswept: The Story of Wind and Weather

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Wind is personal for de Villiers, winner of Canada's Governor General's Award for Water: The Fate of Our Most Precious Resource. A gust from a ferocious gale in South Africa came close to blowing him over a cliff when he was a child, a fearful experience that invests this articulate study of the history and nature of moving air with notable immediacy. Winds figure in the creation myths of almost all cultures, he notes. But it wasn't until the mid-18th century that scientists began to develop a cogent theory about wind and its relation to weather. Two centuries later, during WWII, high-altitude flyers discovered the jet stream and "a real understanding of winds was, finally, in place." De Villiers has marshaled an absorbing if daunting array of historical, cultural, environmental and scientific facts to detail that wind, despite its destructive power, makes life on Earth possible. But the book's grace notes lie in entertaining did-you-know nuggets. Among them: a great storm that lashed London in 1703 caused windmill blades to rotate so fast that friction set them on fire; Cuban meteorologists, more advanced at the turn of the last century than Americans, warned fruitlessly about the path of the hurricane that devastated Galveston.

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March 17, 2008

Mike Lynch's Minnesota WeatherWatch: A Complete Guide for Weather-Obsessed Minnesotans

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From Doppler to dandelions, the WCCO-licensed Mike Lynchs Minnesota WeatherWatch reveals the secrets of weather forecasting in the Land of 10,000 lakes. Veteran broadcast meteorologist Mike Lynch infuses the book with his trademark enthusiasm. He delves into the mechanics and history of the atmosphere and scientific forecasting methods, and then he shows how Mother Nature--in the form of dandelions, sky color, stars, critter activity, lakes, and more--can help us predict the weather. Beautifully illustrated with over 100 color photographs, this book includes a state weather almanac and sidebars on local weather history and lore.

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February 20, 2008

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History

issacsstorm.jpg In Isaac's Storm, Erik Larson blends science and history to tell the story of Galveston, its people, and the hurricane that devastated them. Drawing on hundreds of personal reminiscences of the storm, Larson follows individuals through the fateful day and the storm's aftermath. There's Louisa Rollfing, who begged her husband, August, not to go into town the morning of the storm; the Ursuline Sisters at St. Mary's orphanage who tied their charges to lengths of clothesline to keep them together; Judson Palmer, who huddled in his bathroom with his family and neighbors, hoping to ride out the storm. At the center of it all is Isaac Cline, employee of the nascent Weather Bureau, and his younger brother--and rival weatherman--Joseph. Larson does an excellent job of piecing together Isaac's life and reveals that Isaac was not the quick-thinking hero he claimed to be after the storm ended. The storm itself, however, is the book's true protagonist--and Larson describes its nuances in horrific detail.

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February 13, 2008

Weather Shamanism: Harmonizing Our Connection with the Elements

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With the growing consensus that global warming is a fact comes the realization that the increasingly violent weather we are experiencing is its chief manifestation. Each storm, each flood, each blizzard seems to break 100-year-old records for both intensity and damage. Reducing emissions of greenhouse gases may be too little, too late.

Through a unique blend of anthropological research, shamanic journeys, and personal stories and anecdotes, Moss and Corbin show how humans and weather have always affected each other, and how it is possible to influence the weather. They present teachings directly from the spirits of weather that show how our thoughts and emotions affect weather energetics.

They also reveal the ceremonial and therapeutic aspects of "weather dancing," a practice used to communicate with the weather spirits. Weather Shamanism is about transformation--of ourselves, and thus our world. It is about how we can develop an expanded worldview that honors spiritual realities in order to create a working partnership with the spirits of weather and thereby help to restore well-being and harmony to Earth.

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December 21, 2007

Weather Warfare - Win Wars with Weather

WEATHER WARFARE: The Military's Plan to Draft Mother Nature is not "conspiracy theory." This book has almost no theory and very little speculation. All the conclusions reached are the logical ones based on the presented facts. This is not "tabloid journalism." This is straight scientific reporting at a layman's level. Jerry Smith presents solid evidence from military and scientific sources that intentional environmental modification (EnMod) is the 600-pound gorilla at the global warming debate that everyone is pretending isn't there. Is it? Read on...

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December 13, 2007

Weather Guide With Phenomenal Weather Events Wall Calendar

Looking for a weather filled 2008? This 52 page wall calendar has phenomenal weather events for each day, and features a ton of weather trivia. You can also expect articles, photos, and more.

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October 10, 2007

The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

We think this book looks pretty good. Not only does the author tackle current weather issues, but he also goes back to see why the fossil fuel issue is such a big one.

From Publisher's Weekly:

Mammologist and paleontologist Flannery (The Eternal Frontier), who in recent years has become well known for his controversial ideas on conservation, the environment and population control, presents a straightforward and powerfully written look at the connection between climate change and global warming. It's destined to become required reading following Hurricane Katrina as the focus shifts to the natural forces that may have produced such a devastating event. Much of the book's success is rooted in Flannery's succinct and fascinating insights into related topics, such as the differences between the terms greenhouse effect, global warming and climate change, and how the El Niño cycle of extreme climatic events "had a profound re-organising effect on nature." But the heart of the book is Flannery's impassioned look at the earth's "colossal" carbon dioxide pollution problem and his argument for how we can shift from our current global reliance on fossil fuels [...]. Flannery consistently produces the hard goods related to his main message that our environmental behavior makes us all "weather makers" who "already possess all the tools required to avoid catastrophic climate change."

At The Weather Makers : How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth

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