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

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Penguin, Jun 5, 2007 - Nature - 320 pages
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Now in paperback: the runaway British bestseller that has cloudspotters everywhere looking up.

Where do clouds come from? Why do they look the way they do? And why have they captured the imagination of timeless artists, Romantic poets, and every kid who's ever held a crayon? Veteran journalist and lifelong sky watcher Gavin Pretor-Pinney reveals everything there is to know about clouds, from history and science to art and pop culture. Cumulus, nimbostratus, and the dramatic and surfable Morning Glory cloud are just a few of the varieties explored in this smart, witty, and eclectic tour through the skies.

Illustrated with striking photographs (including a new section in full-color) and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, The Cloudspotter's Guide will have enthusiasts, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.
 

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User Review  - David Z - Borders

Equally informative and engaging, with detailed explanations of cloud types and how they form written with a fair amount of wit. Want to know why clouds look they way they do? Want to be able to tell ... Read full review

The clouds are fascinating....Ah!

User Review  - Overstock.com

I bought a few cloud books including this particular book as a gift for a friend with a membership to the cloud appreciation society...she loved it and has seriously gotten into cloudspotting. What fun! Read full review

Contents

Cumulus
21
Cumulonimbus
45
Stratus
71
Stratocumulus
91
Altocumulus
113
Altostratus
135
Nimbostratus
151
Cirrus
171
Cirrostratus
211
The Other Clouds
239
Contrails
253
The Morning Glory
283
Notes
307
Acknowledgments
311
Index
312
Copyright

Cirrocumulus
195

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About the author (2007)

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a renowned journalist and cofounder of The Idler magazine in England. A former science nerd and a graduate of Oxford University, he has been obsessed with clouds since childhood. His writing has appeared in The Telegraph, Evening Standard, and elsewhere. Based in London and Somerset, Gavin is the founder and chair of The Cloud Appreciation Society. Visit their website at www.cloudappreciationsociety.org.

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