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MARINER'S PRESSURE ATLAS
Worldwide Mean Sea Level Pressures and Standard Deviations for Weather Analysis and Tropical Storm Forecasting
By David Burch. Softcover, 216mm x 280mm, Line Drawings and Maps. 2014.
Informed awareness of barometric pressure leads to safer and more efficient navigation. The unique data in this book along with an accurate barometer opens up new avenues of weather analysis underway.
NZ$35.00 + 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.
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.
WEATHER WISE - Reading Weather Signs.
by Dag Pike. 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.
THE SAILOR'S BOOK OF THE WEATHER.
by Simon Keeling. Paperback, 170mm x 211mm, 154 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
Meteorology can seem like a black art with the meteorologist producing forecasts that seem to contradict what you are reading from the charts. The Sailor's Book of the Weather takes the confusion out of the forecasts and helps you answer, 'Why is that happening?'
The Sailor's Book of the Weather introduces key principles that influence the weather and gives the sailor the tools to forecast from observations and make the most of the available information. Wind, clouds and knowledge of weather patterns and local conditions all contain ample hints to allow the informed mariner to accurately predict the weather.
Illustrated with charts and beautiful photographs, this book is a must for anyone who ventures onto the water, whatever your vessel or experience. It should be carried aboard every boat and is essential reading whether you are on the water, inland, on the coast or venturing further afield.
NZ$59.90 + 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.
COLLINS GEM WEATHER, How to observe and predict the weather.
By Storm Dunlop. Pbk, 80mm x 120mm, 256 pages, full colour photographs,and drawings.
A small but information packed book, the colour photographs are excellent with enought text giving details on many different cloud types and optical phenomena.It will not take up much room on the boat or your pack.
We asked Bob McDavitt for his opinion and he thinks its great value considering the colour photographs, we are also impressed with the content of the book.
NZ$16.50 + delivery.
By Tim Bartlett. Papercover, Spiral-bound flip chart, 80mm x 223mm, 23, full colour drawings.
In this handy guide, you'll find information like:
Highs, lows & fronts
Clouds & Rain
Sources of forecasts
Drawing a weather map
NZ$22.00 + delivery.
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:
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
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.
By Eric M. Wilcox. Hardcover, 246mm x 226mm, full colour photographs.
Blue skies are usually thought of as a picture of contentment - but it's clouds that really capture our imaginations, with the familiar shapes and breathtaking vistas of light and shade we see in their formations. Above our heads, for much of the year, a spectacular drama unfolds on a gigantic scale, and we have only to gaze up, or out of the window, for an inspiring show of nature's majesty.
This irresistable book, with a chapter for each of the ten major cloud types, combines science with beauty, presenting approximately 100 superb cloud photographs, with explanatory captions. An enjoyable introduction delivers fascinating snippets of mythology and weather lore; while a 24-page scientific overview at the back of the book, fully illustrated with informative colour artworks, explains how to recognize the diferrent cloud types and understand their significance for the weather. Studying clouds, we learn, is like reading someone's face: a cloud is simply the atmosphere expressing its mood.
"His sky is always filled with clouds" is an Arabic expression to describe someone who is lucky or blessed. Perfectly put.
NZ$46.00 + delivery.
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