The Encyclopedia of Weather on Earth tornadoes are most likely to
and Climate Change: A Complete strike; and how the planet-warming
Visual Guide greenhouse effect works, among others.
J.L. Fry, H.-F. Graf, R. Grotjahn, M.N. From descriptions of flow patterns in
Raphael, C. Saunders and R. Whitaker the oceans and atmosphere to details
There’s an old saying among meteorolo- about localized turbulence that can
gists: Climate is what you should expect, jostle or even bring down an aircraft, the
weather is what you’ll actually get. With entries are comprehensive yet easy to
explanations a little more complicated understand, with detailed captions and
than that, The Encyclopedia of Weather explanatory text alongside illustrations.
The Science of Sports
John Eric Goff
Olympian and otherwise,
perform some of their
most amazing physi-
cal feats. Johns Hopkins Univ. Press,
2010, 214 p., $25.
and Climate Change The book delves into how regional
provides enough climate has sculpted ecosystems and
detail for weather enumerates the intricate connec-
buffs of all ages. tions linking climate and weather to
Besides being lav- phenomena that affect people, such
ishly illustrated with as droughts, famine and disease. On
more than 2,000 the flip side, the authors graphically
Being with Animals:
Why We Are Obsessed
with the Furry, Scaly,
Who Populate Our
Barbara J. King
color photos, maps, diagrams and other show how human activities — espe-images, this hefty volume — organized cially agriculture, industry and defor-into six topical sections, each written estation — have boosted atmospheric
or vetted by a different expert — thor- concentrations of carbon dioxide and
oughly explores Earth’s weather and influenced climate dramatically, possi-climate. The authors tackle questions bly for centuries to come. — Sid Perkins
such as how meteorologists monitor, Univ. of California Press, 2010, 512 p.,
map and predict the weather; where $39.95.
A fascination with animals is an
intrinsic part of human nature, an
anthropologist argues. Doubleday,
2010, 258 p., $24.99.
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