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Weather Books

This list focuses on "real world" applications for meteorological data, as well as advice on obtaining accurate data. Please let us know of any books you've found helpful and we'll add them to the list.
Eric Sloane's Weather Book Eric Sloane's Weather Book
Author: Eric Sloane
Publisher: Dover Publications (December 7, 2005)
ISBN: 0486443574
Sloane instructs readers how to glean climate information by "reading" such natural phenomena as winds, skies, and animal sounds. A beautifully illustrated and practical treasure trove of enlightening lore for outdoorsmen, farmers, sailors, and anyone who has ever wondered whether to take an umbrella when leaving the house.
Instruments for Physical Environmental Measurements Instruments for Physical Environmental Measurements, with Special Emphasis on Atmospheric Instruments, Volume 1 & Volume 2
Author: Jen Yu Wang and Catherine M.M. Felton
Publisher: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co (1975, 1983)
ISBN: 0840330987 (Vol 1) and 0840331029 (Vol 2)
Foreword and Table of Contents (PDF 1.2MB)
International Weather Watchers Observer Handbook International Weather Watchers Observer Handbook (PDF 770KB 45 pages)
Author: Tim Vasquez
Publisher: Weather Graphics Technologies (1995, 1998)
ISBN: Unknown
This comprehensive manual offers a set of standard observation routines to help the amateur weather observer.
Free PDF download.
Field Guide to North American Weather National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather
Author: David M. Ludlum
Publisher: Knopf (October 15, 1991)
ISBN: 0679408517
Popular reference covers weather systems, cloud formations, and atmospheric phenomenon common to North America. The dramatic photographs capture cloud types, precipitation, storms, twisters, and optical phenomena such as the Northern Lights. Essays with accompanying maps and illustrations discuss the earth's atmosphere, weather systems, cloud formation, and development of tornadoes and many other weather events.
National Weather Service National Weather Service Handbooks
Federal Meteorological Handbook No. 1 - Surface Weather Observations and Reports FCM-H1-2005
NWS Observing Handbook No. 1 - Marine Surface Weather Observations (PDF 4.3MB 153 pages)
NWS Observing Handbook No. 2 - Cooperative Station Observations (PDF 1.4MB 94 pages)
Free PDF downloads.
The Snow Booklet The Snow Booklet: A Guide to the Science, Climatology, and Measurement of Snow in the United States
Author: Nolan J. Doesken and Arthur Judson
Publisher: Colorado State University; 2nd edition (January 1997)
ISBN: 0965105628
This short book (88 pages) describes, in simplified terms, many facets of snow -- how it forms, how it falls, how it changes, how it melts, and how it affects us on the ground including the hazards it presents. Special emphasis is given to the measurement of snow -- why it seems so simple and yet can be one of the most difficult meteorological measurements. Detailed instructions on how to measure snow accurately and consistently under a wide range of weather conditions are presented.
Weather Companion Weather Companion
Author: Tim Bartlett
Publisher: Fernhurst Books; Spiral edition (September 15, 1999)
ISBN: 189866059X
Compact guide in a splash-resistant flip-card format emphasizes practical predictions and understanding atmospheric basics including coastal effects, fronts, terminology, and preparing a simple weather map. For boaters, naturalists, sportsmen, gardeners, and sky watchers.
Weather Forecasting Handbook Weather Forecasting Handbook
Author: Tim Vasquez
Publisher: Weather Graphics Technologies; 5th edition (June 2002)
ISBN: 0970684029
Explains forecasting principles, techniques, and tools. With unrestricted technical content that's light on theory and complex information, the Weather Forecasting Handbook makes a great selection for avid professionals, weather enthusiasts, storm chasers, emergency managers, broadcasters, boaters, and anyone who wants to learn practical, everyday forecasting.
Weather Station Handbook Weather Station Handbook -- An Interagency Guide for Wildland Managers
Author: Arnold I. Finklin and William C. Fischer
Publisher: National Wildfire Coordinating Group, Boise Interagency Fire Center; PMS 426-1, NFES 2140, SuDoc A 1.11/3:W 37 (March 1990)
ISBN: Unknown
Provides standards and procedures for obtaining weather data, and for operating and maintaining weather stations.

Weather Station Handbook (PDF Version)