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By Mike Scanlan. USB Flashdrive, 2019 .
A Comprehensive Guide for Navigators of all Vessels, large or small, to help them better understand the weather, and safely navigate through the weather conditions experienced in New Zealand and throughout the rest of the World.
The formation of Weather systems is explained in detail, including the permanent and seasonal high-and-low pressure systems, their Fronts and Air masses, where and when they form and the type of weather conditions to expect in each system.
The formation of local and Planetary winds is explained, and waves and Ocean Currents are also described, each with their own vagaries which could affect safe navigation.
Conditions that are especially hazardous to those at sea are covered in detail, including Tsunamis, waterspouts, Line Squalls, freak waves, Thunderstorms, tropical revolving storms, precipitation, the various conditions of restricted visibility, and all forms of sea ice that are likely to be encountered at sea.
Important advise is given for navigating in or near these hazards, together with clues for early recognition and detection.
This 300 page book is published in PDF form and supplied on a USB 2.0 flashdrive.
NZ$30.00 + delivery.
WEATHER HANDBOOK FOR SAIL AND POWER
By Reeds / Frank Singleton. Softback, 0.14kgs, 100mm x 160mm, 144 pages, Full colour photos. Maps, Line drawings. Published 2019.
This essential pocket-sized guide equips the reader with all the tools to predict and deal with local and distant weather conditions, whether on a day trip or a longer cruise, along the coast or further offshore.
Each topic is broken down into digestible chapters, explaining the origins and effects of the full spectrum of weather conditions, including:
Using and evaluating weather forecasts
Depressions, fronts, isobars and other coastal effects
waves and swells
weather lore and sky watching
Practical explanations and helpful diagrams and photographs, this is the ideal aide-memoire for skippers and crew, especially those studying for their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster exams.
NZ$25.00 + 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.
WEATHER. AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY
By Andrew Revkin. hardback, 180mm x 230mm, 212 pages, 0.79 kg. Colour Images. Published 2018.
Colorful and captivating, Weather An Illustrated History hopscotches through 100 meteorological milestones and insights, from prehistory to today's headlines and tomorrow's forecasts. Bite-sized narratives, accompanied by exciting illustrations, touch on such varied topics as Earth's first atmosphere, the physics of rainbows, the deadliest hailstorm, Groundhog Day, the invention of air conditioning, London's Great Smog, the Year Without Summer, our increasingly strong hurricanes, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.
Written by a prominent and award-winning environmental author and journalist, this is a groundbreaking illustrated book that traces the evolution of weather forecasting and climate science.
NZ$45.00 + delivery.
READING THE CLOUDS.
By Oliver Perkins. Paperback, 0.26 kgs, 138mm x 216mm, 128 pages, full colour photographs and drawings Published 2018.
Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to accurately predict the weather simply by reading the clouds? Well, with this book, you can!
TV forecasts, online predictions and smartphone apps are all based on the same data – a number-crunched overview of how air pressure and temperature affect the weather across a large geographical area.
But to get an idea of how the weather will develop for the precise spot you’re standing (or walking, sailing, golfing, fishing etc.) you don’t need any equipment or a wifi connection – you just need to look up.
This book will give you a broad understanding of why the clouds are symptoms of weather patterns, not causes. By reading these signs in the sky and referring to the explanatory colour photographs, you will discover exactly what those signs mean.
An at-a-glance guide to the clouds for anyone anywhere in the world, on land or at sea, this book will enable you to predict the weather by recognising cloud types, shapes, colour and behaviour. It will be an invaluable companion for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.
NZ$25.00 + delivery.
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$32.00 + 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.
50 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WEATHER FORECASTING.
by Dag Pike. Paperback, 138mm x 216mm, 96 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
This book starts where most others finish.
Weather forecasts often leave out a lot of useful detail, and the timing of changes can also be vague. Dag Pike shows you how to translate the basic information into really practical forecasts - sailors will be able to make better us of the available wind and avoid difficult areas, whilst powerboat drivers will be able to find the smoothest waters for a better ride.
Packed with expert tips this book covers:
The limitations of forecasts.
When is it sensible to go to sea?
The speed of the weather.
The effect of wind on tides.
Local weather conditions.
Identifying dangerous sea conditions.
The message from the clouds.
Fine-tuning the forecast.
50 Ways to Improve your Weather Forecasting is your passport to practical weather forecasting tecniques that will get you safely to your destination whether in fine weather or foul.
NZ$25.00 + Delivery.
THE SAILOR'S WEATHER GUIDE.
by Jeff Markell. Paperback, 0.48kg 150mm x 228mm, 284 pages, Published 2003.
An alarming number of boating accidents are caused by ignorance of and failure to prepare for bad weather. Markell's essential handbook, now in a fully updated second edition, tells the sailor where to get the latest weather information and how to make the best use of it.
Part I deals with the collection and distribution of weather information, and contains some of Markell's thoughts on evaluating timeliness and accuracy. Part II covers several matters that small boat owners should be aware of in dealing with the weather, such as maintaining a weather watch on the vessel, being aware of different seasonal weather patterns in various areas, and the El Nino phenomenon. Part III explains the basic mechanics of weather systems and how they form, move, and dissipate.
Whilst primarily written for the North American sailor, this book has nontheless a lot of information that any sailor can, and should, to be aware of.
Chapters and contents include:
Sources and distributution of weather information
On board Instruments
Interaction of Weather and Oceans
El Nino and La Nina
Heat, pressure and planetary air circulation
Air masses and weather fronts
Extratropical Cyclonic Storms and violent storms
Was NZ$55.00 + Delivery.
THE WAVE WATCHER'S COMPANION.
by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Paperback, 129mm x 198mm, 336 pages, colour plates and black and white photos, Published 2010.
One bright February afternoon on a beach in Cornwall, Gavin Pretor-Pinney (author of bestseller The Cloudspotter’s Guide) took a break from cloudspotting and started watching the waves rolling onto the shore. Mesmerised, he wondered where they had come from, and decided to find out. He soon realised that waves don’t just appear on the ocean, they are everywhere around us, and our lives depend on them.
By the time he made the ultimate surfer’s pilgrimage to Hawaii, Gavin had become a world-class wavewatcher, although he was still rubbish at surfing. And, while this fascinating, funny book may not teach you how to ride the waves, it will show you how to tune into the shapes, colours and forms of life’s many undulations.
NZ$29.00 + Delivery.
WEATHER WISE - Reading Weather Signs.
by Alan Watts. paperback, 139mm x 215mm, 156 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
Fed up with the forecasters getting it wrong? Want to know why we get the weather we do?
Weather Wise gives you the tools to answer the questions we always ask about the weather. As well as giving us the ins and outs about seasons, cloud formation, rain, wind, hail and mountain weather, thunder, and the development of storms and hurricanes, this handy book will enable you to make your own predictions - what is coming, when it will arrive, and how severe it will be.
No other weather book has the practical hands-on approach that Alan Watts brings to the subject, and his reputation for explaining complicated meteorological situations in an understandable way is second to none. Packed with practical tips, hints and facts, Weather Wise will be invaluable for sailors, walkers, climbers, skiers, golfers, holidaymakers and all outdoor enthusiasts.
NZ$37.00 + Delivery.
INSTANT STORM FORECASTING.
by Alan Watts. Paperback, 218mm x 137mm, 64 pages, full colour photographs.
Dont' get caught out in a storm! Just like the bestselling Instant Weather Forecasting, this handy little book gives you the tools to assess the chance of a storm occuring and judge how severe it might be.
Dramatic photographs of cloud formations help you foretell what the weather will bring, and helpful tables show how quickly strong winds will build up. Alan Watts explains how bad weather systems develop, how thunder, lightening and hailstones are formed, and what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, typhoons and waterspouts. This gem of a book makes fascinating reading as well as being invaluable for anyone pursuing outdoor activities.
NZ$22.00 + Delivery.
UNDERSTANDING WEATHERFAX. Second Edition
By Mike Harris. Pbk, 135mm x 215mm, 90 pages, monochrome drawings and tables. (See also Worldwide Marine Radiofacsimile Broadcast Schedules, Fourteenth Edition
New for the second edition:
Satellite images - equipment, software and how to receive live from satellites.
Interpreting early warning signs of storm development from satellite images.
Case studies on the 1991 'Perfect Storm" and the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race.
A basic computer and radio receiver are the only tools needed to gain access to the enormous amount of weather information made available by the world’s short wave fax broadcasters. However, suppliers of weatherfax software seldom give much information on how to interpret charts, and books on meteorology devote little to the subject. This book has been written with the aim of filling that gap. It provides the essentials needed to set up a weatherfax receiver with the appropriate software and to shows how to turn the symbols on the charts received into meaningful forecasts. Contents include sources of weatherfax images, types of weatherfax charts, interpreting synoptic chart features, and making a forecast.
NZ$37.00 + Delivery.
INSTANT WIND FORECASTING.
By Allan Watts. Paperback, 0.28 kgs, landscape 215mm x 160mm, 112 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.Published 2010.
Now in its the third edition. It is a quick reference guide for all who work or play outdoors, whether dinghy, coastal or offshore sailors, fishermen, motorboaters, walkers, farmers or pilots. Its revolutionary presentation will help yu to make meaningful predictions about what the wind will do based on the look of the sky and the feel of the day.
NZ$33.00 + delivery.
THE WEATHER HANDBOOK, Second Edition.
By Alan Watts. Paperback, 145mm x 225mm, 160 pages, colour photographs & monochrome drawings.
Do you find general weather forecasts frustrating because they don't give sufficient local detail? Would you like to know more accurately when its likely to rain, be sunny or windy? Have you ever asked yourself:
Is it likely to be a good day at the beach?
Should I take an umbrella to work?
Will there be plenty of wind for sailing?
Should I water the lawn?
Then this is the book for you. Alan Watts explains in straightforward terms how to look at the sky and interpret what the clouds indicate about the coming weather. It explains how to combine information given in weather forecasts with your own observations to arrive at a correct assessment of what the coming weather is likely to be.
NZ$46.00 + Delivery.
cloud formation and development
precipation and thunderstorms
atmospheric pressure and wind
waves, sea and swell
fronts and frontal depressions
tropical revolving storms
ocean surface currents (including fold-out chart)
the development of sea ice
REEDS MARITIME METEOROLOGY.
By Maurice Cornish & Elaine Ives. Paperback, 138mm x 216mm, 229 pages, full colour photos and monochrome drawings. 3rd edition published 2009.
This book is written primarily for serving and trainee deck officers, those studying for certificates of competency in merchant ships, and for fishermen. The authors analyse the forces that contribute to maritime meteorology and the principles which govern them in order to equip deep sea mariners with the knowledge needed to best deal with situations at sea.
Taking into account the latest developments in the use of satellite technology in forecasting, fax, Navtex and the ramifications of GMDSS, the book examines:
There is advice for the mariner on weather forecasting at sea, ocean passage planning and the management and care of cargo in heavy weather, including ventilation, cargo sweat and spontaneous combustion. Finally there is an extensive glossary and revision questions at the end of each chapter to test the student's knowledge, together with website references.
NZ$75.00 + delivery.
THE 1994 PACIFIC STORM SURVEY.
By Kim Taylor. Pbk, 210mm x 300mm (A4), 71 pages, monochrome drawings and plans.
This is an analysis of events and seamanship surrounding the 1994 "bomb" (referred to above), put together from largely personal research soon afterwards. Kim is a "live-aboard" yachtsman and knows personally some of the crews involved; he is a lawyer by profession and this mix of attributes has resulted in a text that is most useful for yachtsmen preparing for heavy weather.
NZ$25.50 + Delivery.