Recent Reading: Weather Identification Handbook

The Weather Identification Handbook, by Storm Dunlop. A book on weather science by a guy named Storm: how awesome is that, eh? This book is a comprehensive — but concise — visual guide to cloud forms, wind patterns, air masses, precipitation, and other meteorological phenomena, in an easily understood format with lots of pretty pictures. Thanks to Storm Dunlop, I can look up at the sky and tell cirrocumulus lenticularis from altostratus translucidus, turn my back to the wind to determine the position of a low pressure area in the northern hemisphere, and point out my heiligenschein on a dewy morning.


  1. Mic / Antifaust says:

    A book on weather science by a guy named Storm. “It’s like an ice cream man named Cone. Or a librarian named Bookman.” [Seinfeld]

  2. Bobber says:

    If you are really into this, you should look up the local government weather service (NOAA). They typically sponser spotter training classes in the later winter/early spring. These are usually one day classes where you will learn to spot different kinds of weather formations. You can then relay information if a strom comes in your direction. Believe it or not, spotters still provide some of the most useful info when a storm rolls in despite radar and other technology.