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Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather

Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather

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Air Apparent: How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather

ratings:
3.5/5 (2 ratings)
Length:
322 pages
6 hours
Released:
Jan 18, 2019
ISBN:
9780226222875
Format:
Book

Description

Weather maps have made our atmosphere visible, understandable, and at least moderately predictable. In Air Apparent Mark Monmonier traces debates among scientists eager to unravel the enigma of storms and global change, explains strategies for mapping the upper atmosphere and forecasting disaster, and discusses efforts to detect and control air pollution. Fascinating in its scope and detail, Air Apparent makes us take a second look at the weather map, an image that has been, and continues to be, central to our daily lives.

"Clever title, rewarding book. Monmonier . . . offers here a basic course in meteorology, which he presents gracefully by means of a history of weather maps." —Scientific American

"Mark Monmonier is onto a winner with Air Apparent. . . . It is good, accessible science and excellent history. . . . Read it." —Fred Pearce, New Scientist

"[Air Apparent] is a superb first reading for any backyard novice of weather . . . but even the veteran forecaster or researcher will find it engaging and, in some cases, enlightening." —Joe Venuti, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Monmonier is solid enough in his discussion of geographic and meteorological information to satisfy the experienced weather watcher. But even if this information were not presented in such a lively and engaging manner, it would still hook most any reader who checks the weather map every morning or who sits happily entranced through a full cycle of forecasts on the Weather Channel."—Michael Kennedy, Boston Globe
Released:
Jan 18, 2019
ISBN:
9780226222875
Format:
Book

About the author

Mark Monmonier is Distinguished Professor of Geography at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He is the author of twenty books, including How to Lie with Maps, and was editor of Cartography in the Twentieth Century, the million-word encyclopedia published as volume 6 in the History of Cartography series. His awards include the American Geographical Society’s O. M. Miller Medal (2001), the German Cartographic Society’s Mercator Medal (2009), and induction into URISA’s (Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) GIS Hall of Fame (2016).


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  • (3/5)
    I picked up this book expecting a solid history of weather forecasting and the science behind it, and that's what was delivered. However, the writing style is both dense and dry, making it difficult to sit back and enjoy this book. There is a great deal of very specific detail, the facts appear well researched, and the maps and reproductions peppered throughout the text are excellent resources. However, for me at least, this book was uninspiring in its narrative, and tended to devolve into textbook precision rather than a more popular science format.Two and one half stars, mostly so low due to the dense, dry narrative. Weather fans willing to grind through the denseness will find some gems and a robust history of the profession of weather forecasting.
  • (4/5)
    Not quite up to Mr. Monmonier's other books, but still informative.