Tom Cunliffe has very kindly written a foreword for my book ‘The Message of the Clouds’.
You can read it below:
It’s so much better, and far more fun, to be able to read the sky and make your own conclusions about the weather than it is to punch a button on a computer and let someone else tell you what’s happening. Of course, we’re all going to use modern methods, but it’s like anything else, if you understand the essence of the subject, you know what questions to ask the computer and can make a lot more sense of its answers. That’s what Olly’s book does. It leads you gently through the guts of what I used to call single-station weather forecasting.
I’ve known Olly since he was a small boy. I was impressed then by his keenness and the intelligent questions he asked. Now he’s a strapping young teenager, he’s moved on and is already representing his country in sailing. His first book, Reading the Clouds is so good that my Yachtmaster Instructor candidates would do well to read it. Driven by instantly available internet forecasting, the subject of weather lore is falling off most people’s radar. This is a poor state of affairs because, out at sea, there may only be the sailor to decide on what’s happening and what to do about it. Olly has given us all a helping hand. I learned something from this book. I’ll bet you do too.
Tom Cunliffe (Yachtmaster Instructor Examiner) May 2017
You can find out more about Reading the Clouds here: http://oliverperkins.com/the-message-of-the-clouds-book/