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RYA WEATHER HANDBOOK.
By RYA / Chris Tibbs. Softback, 170mm x 245mm, 126 pages, colour photos and line drawings Published 2017.
If you are doing an RYA course or are simply seeking to gain a greater understanding of the weather, this edition of the RYA Weather Handbook (which covers the Northern and Southern Hemispheres) is full of practical and useful information, on aspects such as theory, weather charts, clouds, predicting the wind, and the technology used in sourcing meteorological information.
This edition provides more information than ever before about where to obtain forecasts, the growing use of technology in forecasting weather and obtaining up-to-date information and in particular monitoring the tell-tale signs around you for any indication that the weather may not be doing what was forecast.
The areas that have been substantially updated and enhanced with additional content are tropical weather (hurricanes, cyclones and sailing in the tropics), climate change and new technology.
NZ$55.00 + delivery.
THE CLOUDSPOTTER"S GUIDE.
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Paperback, 128mm x 202mm, 320 pages, monochrome and colour photos.
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 and line drawings featuring everything from classical paintings to lava lamps, children's drawings, and popular advertisements - plus a new colour section and cloudspotting quiz - this book will have enthusiasts, poets, weather watchers, and the just plain curious floating on cloud nine.
NZ$31.00 + delivery.
MARINER'S METPACK - South West Pacific.
By Bob McDavitt. Spiral binding, 217mm x 300mm, 118 pages, monochrome drawings and diagrams.
"Weather is a mix of pattern and chaos", says Bob McDavitt, the MetService Weather Ambassador. Bob has a B.Sc (hons) degree from Victoria University in Wellington. He has been a meteorologist since 1975 and has developed a wide experience of forecasting New Zealand weather. He has also spent 4 years as a forecaster in Fiji, and is a veteran of two campaigns for the America's Cup (in Perth and San Diego). In 1998 he was awarded the "Henry Hill award" for his enthusiastic approach to sharing ideas about the weather.
As Weather Ambassador, Bob McDavitt has been in Auckland, New Zealand, since 1992 focussing on promoting friendly relations with weather users. This involves communicating awareness about incoming weather events, keeping an eye on the impact of weather on any special events, and arranging MetService promotions, displays and exhibitions. He has produced this book to help those who are sailing in the South West Pacific to work with the weather patterns they will encounter in this region.
NZ$39.50 + delivery.
WEATHER-WISE BOATING, Forecasting for New Zealand's Coastal Waters.
By Geoff Sivess. Pbk, 130mm x 200mm, 118 pages, monochrome drawings and photographs.
This is the most looked-for New Zealand text on mariner's local weather forecasting and is generally recognised as the tutor's mainstay for local certificate teaching in marine weather. The text is an amended reprint of the original with details updated where the original requires, such as the renaming of the forecast areas around New Zealand, etc.
This book has been written for all those who enjoy being afloat, under power or sail. Whilst an ever increasing number of people are taking to the water, some do not appreciate the crucial role played by the weather. The narrative explains the elements of the weather in plain language, so that the facts are clearly understood. It also offers useful information to supplement area forecasts, so the sailor can make on-the-spot observations and act accordingly.
Weather-wise Boating is of particular value to those studying for New Zealand marine certificates: the original prescription for the book is based on the syllabus common to the weather sections of local Coastguard and Maritime Safety Authority certificates.
The text is copiously illustrated and written in an easy-to-follow style.
NZ$31.00 + delivery.
THE INNER HAURAKI GULF MARINER'S WEATHER HANDBOOK.
By Jim Hessel. Spiral binding, 150mm x 210mm (A5), 43 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
This is a series of three booklets, written by an expert. The author, Jim Hessell, was for several years the Auckland Manager for the New Zealand Meteorological Service. He is a technical person with a very thorough knowledge of both the Auckland and Wellington marine weather. The three books describe the weather to be expected for a number of typical isobaric scenarios.
NZ$20.50 + Delivery.
THE METGEN OUTER GULF MARINER'S WEATHER HANDBOOK.
By Jim Hessel. Spiral binding 150mm x 210mm (A5), 67 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
This is the second in the same series as the book above. For persons who want to follow the America's Cup Challenge and the Louis Vitton elimination series, this book could prove to be very helpful. It describes the probable weather scenarios on the cup fields (which are in the Outer Gulf), to be expected from a number of typical isobaric patterns.
NZ$20.50 + Delivery.
THE METGEN COOK STRAIT MARINER'S WEATHER HANDBOOK.
By Jim Hessel. Spiral binding, 150mm x 210mm (A5), 62 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
This is the third in the series. It describes weather patterns around the nations capital harbour-city, and in temperamental Cook Strait dividing the North and South Islands of New Zealand.
NZ$20.50 + Delivery.
INSTANT WEATHER FORECASTING.
By Alan Watts. Paperback, 0.17kgs, 217mm x 137mm, 64 pages, full colour photos. 5th ed. published 2015.
When the sky has a particular look to it, a certain sequence of weather often follows. In this unique book, 24 colour photos of cloud formations and their accompanying text will help you read the sky, pick up the clues, and predict what the weather will do.
There are skies associated with bad weather, deteriorating weather, sudden change, temporary deterioration and improving weather, and the tables facing each photos will help you predict how long the rainfall will last.
This best selling gem of a book will be invaluable to anyone participating in outdoor activities, from farming, gardening and walking to riding, golfing, sailing and fishing - and, of course, to holidaymakers.
NZ$25.00 + delivery.
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