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The weather almanac : a reference guide to weather, climate, and related issues in the United States and its key cities
Wood, Richard A.
Ninth edition.
Publication Information:
Detroit : Gale Group, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 738 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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QC983 .R83 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize Non-Circ

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This text provides access to information on all types of weather and related phenomena. It also furnishes 864 in-depth weather records for 108 major US cities and a climatic overview of the country, and features explanations, safety rules, and statistics for hurricanes and tornadoes.

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Booklist Review

551.6973 U.S. Climate Handbooks, manuals, etc. / Air quality U.S. Handbooks, manuals, etc. [OCLC] 81-644322 As described on the title page, this book is ``a reference guide to weather, climate, and air quality in the United States and its key cities, comprising statistics, principles, and terminology. Provides weather/health information and safety rules for environmental hazards associated with storms, weather extremes, earthquakes, and volcanoes. Also includes world climatological highlights and special features on weather, climate, and society and on ozone in the upper atmosphere.'' The third edition was reviewed in RSBR, June 1, 1982. All sections of this fifth edition have been revised. The greatest revision is in the section ``Weather of 109 Selected U.S. Cities,'' where statistics have been updated from 1983 in the fourth edition to 1985. The format has been enlarged to make the tables more readable. This 445-page segment, making up more than half the book, gives a 40-year weather history of these cities along with a narrative on the climate. The ``Retirement and Health Weather'' section includes tips on choosing a retirement climate and avoiding jet-lag problems. This edition offers a new section on atmospheric ozone using international statistics. ``Much of the information in this book is quoted directly from reports and records prepared by various United States Government departments, agencies and services.'' The information is often presented in maps and charts. The book concludes with an index of cities and topics. This combination of authoritative information on weather is unique. It serves to answer the questions of the layperson as well as offering statistical information for the meteorological student. This book will be a good addition to the library reference collection, though those libraries owning the fourth edition will have to decide how important the updating in this edition is to them.