The Weather Wizard's Cloud Book

How You Can Forecast the Weather Accurately and Easily by Reading the Clouds

Author: Jim Duncan

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9780912697109

Category: Nature

Page: 69

View: 8724


Explains different types of clouds

My Father's People

A Family of Southern Jews

Author: Louis D. Rubin, Jr.

Publisher: LSU Press

ISBN: 9780807128084

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 139

View: 7740


Louis Rubin's people on his father's side were odd, inscrutable, and remarkable. In contrast to his mother's family, who were "normal, good people devoid of mystery," the ways of the Rubins both puzzled and attracted him. In My Father's People, Rubin tells "as best I can about them all -- my father, his three brothers, and his three sisters." It is a searching, sensitive story of Americanization, assimilation, and the displacement -- and survival -- of a religious heritage. Born between 1888 and 1902 in Charleston, South Carolina, their father an immigrant Russian Jew, the Rubin children suffered dire poverty, humiliation, and separation when their parents became incapacitated. Three of the boys were sent to the Hebrew Orphans' Home in Atlanta for several years. Yet the sons all managed to build long, productive, even notable lives and livelihoods, becoming, variously, a newspaper editor, Broadway playwright and Hollywood screenwriter, businessman, and -- in the case of Rubin's father -- a far-famed long-range weather prognosticator. Private people, reticent to discuss their painful early years, the Rubins were not easily knowable. Still, the author draws a strikingly candid portrait of each, using memories, stories, keen insight, and broad empathy -- fascinating character studies full of individual propensities and peculiarities that together reveal the wider family resemblance. Although the Rubins were mostly nonreligious as adults, their family's rabbinical tradition and their experience as southern Jews were key to their vocational fervor and the lives they made for themselves. "They were Americans, and they were Jews," Rubin concludes. "These were enough." Told with Louis Rubin's signature eloquence and wit, My Father's People is a testimony to the courage of immigrant southern Jews and their gifts to their chosen country.

Weather Observation Satellites

Author: Allan B. Cobb

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780823938568

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 63

View: 9728


Fascinating Information Details the History, Design, Use and Future Development of Six Types of Satellites Currently Orbiting Our Planet Since the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik in 1957, space has been considered the latest--and perhaps final--frontier of exploration, research, espionage, and even warfare. Forty-five years after the Soviets placed the small, beeping metal ball into orbit, there are now thousands of satellites orbiting our planet with very specialized jobs. Some of them, like earth imaging satellites, photograph Earth in order to track environmental changes. Others, like communications satellites, connect the peoples of the world together in an ever faster and tighter web of radio, television, cell phone, and computer connections. Some gaze outward to explore the darkest mysteries of deep space, while others gaze down on Earth to reveal the most shadowy secrets of our enemies. The Library of Satellites examines in detail some of the most intriguing, sophisticated, and technologically advanced satellites orbiting Earth. With the advent of satellites in the 1960s, scientists have been able to move closer to their goal of providing instant real-time weather observations and accurate forecasts based on complete coverage of global weather systems. Before the widespread use of satellites, the weather conditions over many remote areas and expanses of ocean were unknown, and our picture of how weather circulates around the planet was incomplete. Today we are able to understand how a weather system ten thousand miles away will ultimately affect us, thanks to these images from space.

The weather sourcebook

your one-stop resource for everything you need to feed your weather habit

Author: Ronald L. Wagner,Bill Adler

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781564403841

Category: Nature

Page: 210

View: 5342


An amazing compilation of resources and gadgetry, where to buy them, as well as a complete primer on the science of weather forecasting. Included is information on rainfall, clouds, storms, record temperatures, world weather patterns, and a seemingly endless array of additional weather topics, completely updated with this new edition. Of interest to farmers, pilots, students or anyone wishing to understand more about the weather and prediction. New features in this revision are: -- international information, such as temperature records, wind patterns, etc., that were not previously included; -- interviews with tornado watchers and other weather professionals who outline their most memorable experiences.

Guide to Weather Forecasting

All the Information You'll Need to Make Your Own Weather Forecast

Author: Storm Dunlop

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd


Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 6497


Describes weather forecasting, including how different phenomena develop, how geography produces local weather patterns, and ways to make a forecast at home.

Glencoe science voyages

exploring the life, earth, and physical sciences. Level red

Author: Alton Biggs,Glencoe/McGraw-Hill,National Geographic Society (U.S.)

Publisher: N.A


Category: Earth sciences

Page: 752

View: 9115



The Annapolis Book of Seamanship

Fourth Edition

Author: John Rousmaniere

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451650248

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 416

View: 9807


Completely revised and updated to address changes in technology, this new edition is the definitive guide to the art and science of sailing. Since the publication of the widely hailed first edition in 1983, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship has set the standard by which other books on sailing are measured. Used throughout America as a textbook in sailing schools and Power Squadrons, The Annapolis Book of Seamanship thoroughly and clearly covers the fundamental and advanced skills of modern sailing. This edition of Annapolis is a major overhaul. Over half the book has been revised; old topics and features have been updated, and many new ones have been introduced. The design has been modernized, and many color illustrations have been added. As big and detailed as Annapolis is, the wealth of technical information (including dozens of step-by-step instructions) is presented here in a way that is uniquely readable; it's both useful and easy to use. This is because John Rousmaniere and artist Mark Smith bring to Annapolis decades of experience both as sailors and as professional communicators. Annapolis emphasizes the standard skills and proven methods that eliminate error and confusion, ensure security in emergencies, and allow every sailor more time for enjoyment on the water. Much has changed on the water since 1983 when this book was originally published. Black buoys are now green, the Global Positioning Satellite navigation system (GPS) is almost universally used, new types of anchors and sails have appeared, safety skills and gear are vastly improved, many more women are commanding boats, and catamarans and trimarans are common where only monohulls used to sail. But for all these modern developments, the basic skills and spirit of sailing have not changed at all. Sail trimming, keeping up steerageway, maintaining the dead reckoning plot, heaving-to -- these fundamentals are as important now as ever and receive much attention here. Among the innovations in this edition are: * Basic skills in early chapters: Fundamental sailing and boat-handling skills and gear, which are introduced in chapters 1, 2, and 3. * "Hands On" segments: Three dozen special sections, each devoted to a particular seamanship problem and an expert solution. * More how-to tips: Additional rules of thumb that guide a crew quickly and successfully through seamanship problems. * New coverage of multihulls: Advice on evaluating, anchoring, and handling catamarans and trimarans under sail (including in storms). * More on emergencies: New material on emergencies, safety, and heavy-weather sailing, including a section on preparing a docked boat for a hurricane. * Equipment updates: Expanded coverage of the use and care of modern gear and hardware, including radar, GPS, rescue devices, and asymmetrical spinnakers. * Terminology: Full definition and illustration of major terms when they're first introduced, with alternative language provided in parentheses. * Gender: The use of feminine personal pronouns, which reflect the fact that more women are captaining and sailing boats than ever before. From navigation and seamanship to boat and gear maintenance, from pleasure cruising to heavy-weather sailing, here is the definitive, state-of-the-art guide that provides systematic step-by-step techniques to see you through every situation on deck and in the cockpit.

World Geography: The World

Author: Ray Sumner

Publisher: Salem PressInc

ISBN: 9780893562762

Category: Science

Page: 2379

View: 4344


Covers the major region of the world, with information on such topics as physical geography, biogeography, economic geography, human geography, and natural resources.