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Toronto, Wiley, c1982.
224pp, cloth, $29.95.
ISBN 0-471-79877-0.

Grades 12 and up.
Reviewed by Fred May.

Volume 10 Number 4.
1982 November.

This lengthy volume lives up to its billing: "A complete guide to meteorological phenomena, weather forecasting, and climate." Co-authored by four experts in various fields of meteorology and climatology, the book reflects the influence of Peter Wright who has written on the topic in simple terms for young people. Although not a volume for an elementary or junior high audience, the discussion of the very complex activities of the environment should be easy to follow for the average adult reader.

The book is broken into five sections covering the basic physics of the atmosphere, the development of weather phenomena such as thunderstorms, world climate zones, the question of the changing world climate, and basic weather forecasting. The authors make extensive use of excellent photography and diagrams to try to present the material to readers having a non-scientific background. The book contains a useful glossary of meteorological terms and is thoroughly indexed, but the bibliography is rather skimpy for a work intended to be a complete introduction to weather. However, high school or public librarians searching for a lay book on this complex topic should consider The Weather Book.

Fred May, North Albion C. I., Etobicoke, ON.
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