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Dr. Day provides in The Book on Clouds a quick ready photographic reference on clouds. Clouds are defined as a collection of visible ice crystals or water droplets. He explains cloud composition, how clouds form, affect the planet and how weather can be predicted by observing them.
Dr. Day held a PH.D in cloud physics. He was a retired professor at Linfield College in Oregon who taught physics and meteorology. Dr. Day passed away on June 21, 2008 at the age of 95. His website www.cloudman.com lists the books he has written which include: The Science of Weather, Climate and Weather, Field Guide to the Atmosphere, and First Guide to Clouds and Weather.
There is a chart that includes color photos of clouds placed into six groups based on their type and elevation. The clouds’ names and their corresponding page numbers are listed.
The main body of the book contains color photos of various cloud types. Next to the photos are listed their group, name, elevation, stability, buoyancy, moisture content, temperature, lift ability and precipitation type.
Some types of clouds included are: cumulus, stratus which can form fog, mist that forms over water is referred to as sea smoke, and cirrus is wispy. Precipitation clouds include: stratocumulus, alto stratocumulus, altocumulus and cumulonimbus. Day describes mist, drizzle and hail. Day discusses optical cloud effects such as rainbows, halos, sundogs, sun pillars, coronas, rays, aurora borealis, flashes, sunrises and sunsets.
A modest historical background of Luke Howard the man who named the clouds is included along with how the clouds came to be classified.
Storm clouds are discussed as well as types of storms including thunder and hail, tornadoes and tropical storms. Weather prediction is explained involving the sun, land, and sea and how they affect one another and interact. Day mentions ten cloud conditions used to predict the weather.
The book contains a glossary and an index but not a bibliography. The book has attractive color photos and is a manageable size. The Book of Clouds serves as a quick ready reference for the adult lay person including teens and tweens to identify and look at clouds to view for pleasure and to learn to predict the weather. This book may peak someone’s interest to further study clouds and meteorology.
Similar books may include:
Peterson's First Guide to Clouds and Weather by John A. Day, Vincent J. Schaefer c 1991
The cloudspotter's guide : the science, history and culture of clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney ; chapter illustrations by Bill Sanderson c 2006
The cloud book : how to understand the skies by Richard Hamblyn c 2008 - MA
Several of the recent Oscar nominees began life as novels. You still have time to read a few before the awards are announced on February 26th.
Here are a dozen DVDs featuring football.
It's that time of year again! This year, Glenside is hosting local author Joelle Charboneau on Thursday, February 16 at 7 P.M. She will share tricks of the trade in understanding and overcoming rejection. Check out the rest of program offerings for Inside Writing and Publishing 2012.
If this winter has been too mild for you, you'll find lots of snow and cold in these thrilling winter tales.
See and enjoy the 2011 PG-13 rated sci-fi thriller starring Elle Fanning, Amanda Michalka, and Kyle Chandler that is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg on Saturday, January 28 at 2 P.M.
The movie is abouta group of friends in a small Ohio town that witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident. The local Deputy tries to uncover the truth and discovers something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined. - MA
Join Illustrator, Jim Weren on Wednesday, January 25 from 7-8 P.M. as he presents a PowerPoint presentation and illustrations about Women of the Civil War. A sample of the Ladies to be covered include: Rose Greenhow, Sarah Emma Edmonds, Harriet Tubman, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd and many others. This Program is Free and open to the public. See Adult Services for details! - MA
Are you looking for some good books about women's lives and relationships? Here are some of the best titles published in 2011:
This self-help book has a 4-week approach to ignite passion and achieve potential. In the preface the author explains her approach. The book’s purpose is to help others find more meaning, value, passion and higher potential in their personal and professional lives.
Discover True North appears to be a practical guide on how to identify areas of a person’s life, personal and professional, and then set out steps to accomplish what one would like to do and stay focused on goals while surrounding one’s self with nurturing people and developing good relationships.
The author provides stories of people and charts to illustrate her instruction. She provides questions, exercises and examples to help the reader analyze and assess oneself to develop their own solutions and answers to improve their life.
The following are some of the author’s highlights:
One should create the healthiest emotional and physical environment to enable oneself to be their best self and live their best life.
Stand up for yourself and ask for better service when you think things are not right. Write a Profile in Courage that lists your past accomplishments and successes to determine where you have been and where you want to go. Update the profile annually.
You cannot be anything you want, but you can be anything you are capable of becoming. Cultivate interests by traveling, reading and seize moments by taking leaps of faith in pursuing things during your life. Write down your goals on a time table. Learn to mediate, relax and learn patience. Try not to force things when the timing is not right. Listen to your inner voice or gut feelings.
Read about people that listen to their intellect and spirit such as Einstein, Deepak Chopra, Gandhi, Saint Teresa of Avila, Mohammed, Benjamin Lee and Jesus. Read Intuitionby Patricia Einstein and Developing Intuition by Shakti Gawain.
Be true to your feelings, talents, abilities and desires so you can really go after what you want. Concentrate on focus, service and gratitude so you can continually improve yourself. Avoid people and things that detract you from focusing on your goals by setting boundaries. Serve others and what you sew you will reap. Do things for others with intent but not necessarily expecting something in return. Be grateful for things. Express your gratitude which will allow yourself to develop and maintain good and deeper relationships to others that can provide you with lasting joy. Your service may result in a lasting legacy.
A simple life allows you to enjoy the important things a little more. Questions are provided to help consider necessary steps to simplify a person’s social life, finances, spiritual life, and to improve one’s physical and emotional well-being to increase one’s energy and make one stronger inside and out.
Ask for help when you need it, than accept it.
Bruce gives guidelines for her readers to start their own optimist group.
At the end of the book Bruce provides a contract one can fill-out and view periodically to check their status and progress. Bruce asks her readers to keep four things in mind: 1. Are you living in the place where you belong?, 2. Are you with the people you love?, 3. Are you doing the right work?, and 4. Are you living your purpose?
In conclusion,Discover True North reads quickly and Bruce does not use much technical jargon which makes it a wonderful resource for the lay-person.
There is an extensive bibliography for further reading and an index. Lastly the author lists her credentials, past appearances, previous books she has written and her contact information. Anne Bruce is a motivational speaker, author and life coach who has given seminars for major corporations such as Coca Cola, British Petroleum, GEICO, and Southwest Airlines. She has also given presentations at the Pentagon and the White House. Her website is www.annebruce.com.
Here are some of her latest books:
Manager’s Guide to Motivating Employees 2/E (Briefcase Books Series) by Anne Bruce (Nov 8, 2011)
Solving Employee Performance Problems: How to Spot Problems Early, Take Appropriate Action, and Bring Out the Best in Everyone by Anne Bruce, Brenda Hampel and Erika Lamont (May 26, 2011)
Perfect Phrases for Employee Development Plans (Perfect Phrases Series) by Anne Bruce (Jun 18, 2010)
I recommend Discover True North to adults and teens as a quick practical guide for helping a person discover their interests, talents and find more meaning, value, passion, harmony and a higher potential in their lives. - MA
On this day the Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London, England.