Reading the Clouds Paperback – Signed

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 8 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

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  • ‘Well researched – practical information in an easy to assimilate form’ – Professor Richard Collier, former President of the Royal Meteorological Society‘So good that my Yachtmaster candidates would do well to read it. I learned something from this book. I bet you do too’ – Tom Cunliffe, author of The Complete Day Skipper and The Complete Yachtmaster‘Absolutely brilliant; a must for anyone who does anything outside and for whom the weather might be important. Everyone, wherever they are in the world, will get something from this book’ – Duncan Wells, author of Stress-Free Sailing and Stress-Free Motorboating
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Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to accurately predict the weather simply by reading the clouds? Well, with this book, you can!

TV forecasts, online predictions and smartphone apps are all based on the same data – a number-crunched overview of how air pressure and temperature affect the weather across a large geographical area.

But to get an idea of how the weather will develop for the precise spot where you’re standing (or walking, sailing, golfing, fishing, etc) you don’t need any equipment or a wifi connection – you just need to look up.

This book will give you a broad understanding of why the clouds are symptoms of weather patterns, not causes. By reading these signs in the sky and referring to the explanatory colour photographs, you will discover exactly what those signs mean.

An at-a-glance guide to the clouds for anyone anywhere in the world, on land or at sea, this book will enable you to predict the weather by recognising cloud types, shapes, colour and behaviour. It will be an invaluable companion for anyone who enjoys outdoor activities.

‘Well researched – practical information in an easy to assimilate form’ – Professor Richard Collier, former President of the Royal Meteorological Society

‘So good that my Yachtmaster candidates would do well to read it. I learned something from this book. I bet you do too’ – Tom Cunliffe, author of The Complete Day Skipper and The Complete Yachtmaster

‘Absolutely brilliant; a must for anyone who does anything outside and for whom the weather might be important. Everyone, wherever they are in the world, will get something from this book’ – Duncan Wells, author of Stress-Free Sailing and Stress-Free Motorboating

 

Why should you buy this book?

For thousands of years people have been using the clouds to forecast the weather, but with recent advances in technology this practice has largely stopped. However, using the clouds to forecast weather yourself is more accurate than using official forecasts for short-term and local conditions. This book will show you how to accurately predict the weather using the clouds and the local topography, without the need for internet connection. It also contains dozens of examples of cloud formations.

How many minutes until it will rain?

Will it be foggy on the coast as well as inland?

When will the sea breeze fill in?

“Reading the Clouds” is perfect for anyone interested in being outdoors. It is useful for sailors, hikers, fishermen, golfers, birdwatchers, hunters and more. It has never before been easier to identify clouds and forecast the weather through them and could be life-saving in a survival situation. There are also simple explanations about exactly why types of clouds predict different weather.

9 reviews for Reading the Clouds Paperback – Signed

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ginny

    The author of this book is only 15 (the book was published in the UK in August of 2017) — obviously he’s got a bright future ahead as a weatherman, an author, and, more importantly, as a person who can write about a complex subject so that the average person can easily understand. The book has a detailed and highly readable narrative, lots of photos, graphics, charts and a Bibliography, glossary and index.

    Forget the fancy phone apps and the fancy electronics…use your senses AND this handy companion to learn “how you can forecast the weather.”

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jerry Simoneaux

    Clearly written and beautifully illustrated, author Oliver Perkins shows not only how the clouds foretell the weather, but also why. Packed with useful, easy to understand information, I found myself breaking out my yellow highlighter for the first time since college. Far from being an emergency back up when technology fails, the knowledge gained helps the reader better understand and augment digital forecasts to develop more comprehensible local forecasts. This book will be a constant companion aboard s/v Rainbow.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Duncan Wells

    have always considered that Alan Watts’ book Instant Weather Forecasting is the best weather book there is, after all, if it was good enough for Bernard Moitessier it is good enough for me, but the Message of the Clouds makes reading the clouds that much more accessible.

    And Message of the Clouds is not just a book for sailors, it is a book for anyone who pursues an outdoor activity. Gardeners, Cyclists, Bikers, Climbers, Ramblers.

    Being able to look at the sky as I am now – mid morning – and see a few cumulus clouds and know that it will not rain today, is handy. Of course, I could have checked the synoptic chart, the barometer or even an app but one glance at the sky and Olly’s book tells me all I need to know.

    Duncan Wells

  4. Rafal Stanczyk

    I have just bought Ollie’s book on Southampton Boat Show. I’ve read many books about weather forecasting and to be honest Ollie’s book is the best. It’s even better than Allan Watts’ ‘Instant Weather Forecasting’. The narrative is very clear and easily understandable, the pictures are excellent. I my opinion this book is a must for every weather enthusiast and sailor alike.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Camilla Woollatt

    This little book is packed with information and top tips. Oliver has helped me understand the clouds and I am getting better at reading them. The book follows a logical format and can be read cover to cover or dipped into as a reference book. Lovely images to illustrate his text. Perfect size to pack into a rucsac, cabin, bike pannier, car, (biggish) pocket or even a handbag!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    JBmummy

    Written in such a compelling way that appeals to both novice and old-hand. An incredibly informative book that has truly changed the way I look at the skies. Easily understood; I’m sure I’ll be returning to this book as a reference point time and time again.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pauline Gloynes

    A very informative and interesting read, great illustrations and photos and excellent reference book. An essential buy for anyone who has ever been interested or challenged by the British weather. Highly recommended.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mark Turnnidge

    This well written book give a real feel for what the sky is telling you. I have only had it for a couple of hours and I have already been annoying the wife by telling here what the clouds outside are saying. The book will defiantly take pride of place in the book shelf on my boat, thank you Oliver.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mindi Carver (verified owner)

    I am SO impressed with this book! As a novice sailor in an area where the topography has a significant impact on local weather conditions, this book is one that I will study with vigor. But this is NOT simply a book for sailors; as an Instructor, this book will be incredibly useful in teaching students overarching science concepts even outside the scope of weather. The photos and illustrations throughout the book make it easy to understand even the most scientific and clinical aspects of weather phenomena. Beautifully written, well-thought out, and conveyed in a manner that will benefit anyone wanting learn about or relying on the weather. Well done, Oliver Perkins!

    • Olly Perkins (verified owner)

      Hi Mindi

      Thanks so much for your kind message, I am so pleased that you found it useful.

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