Top 10 Weather Books for Amateur Observers
By Stephen Burt
Excellent book for weather observers of all skill levels, especially if you plan on using a home weather station. This handbook helps you take weather observation to the next level and will be referenced back to for years to come. It is a very comprehensive authority on the subject. There are many details and ideas for obtaining accurate weather readings with your weather station. Top book for any serious weather observer.
By David Ludlum
Well-written and illustrated portable field guide. Great photography on everything from cloud formations to storms, twisters, and more! Over 300 dramatic images in all. This guide will help you better understand various weather concepts. Awesome read for anyone that wants to know more about the weather.
By Eric Sloane
This is an excellent read and comes well-recommended by other weather enthusiasts. You’ll love the illustrations and diagrams making it fun to learn about how the weather works. This book is great for teenagers and adults alike. It’s an easy and informative read. Great for those interested in going into meteorology or outdoorsmen who just want to better predict what weather they’re coming up on.
By Jim Duncan and Louis D. Rubin Sr.
This unique diary is filled with fun weather facts as well as hints and tips for recording weather observations. It also includes color images of the ten basic cloud types. This is a must have for keeping records of your personal observations. It’s basically a daily log for weather junkies! This diary gets great reviews by your fellow weather watchers.
By Storm Dunlop
This practical guide to weather is an easy-to-read introduction to weather newbies, yet provides enough information and detail for more experienced weather enthusiasts as well. There are numerous pictures and diagrams in this book, making it easy to understand. This is a very comprehensive informational weather book and also includes a chapter on weather observations as well as “Observing Techniques”.
By Ron Miller
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in the middle of a tornado chase? This book is your adrenalin rush into the seat of real-life storm chasers. The opening chapter covers a day in the life of a storm chaser. You’ll hear their stories and better understand what they do. You’ll learn the basics of meteorology and more about severe weather. This is a great, and exciting, book for young adults interested in the field.
By Jack Williams
The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather was co-published by the American Meteorological Society. It speaks specifically to America’s weather patterns (tornadoes in the Great Plains, blizzards in the Midwest, and hurricanes on the Gulf Coast). America’s weather is very dynamic and you can learn all about in this guide. There are full-color graphics on how certain concepts work. This is a great tool for anyone who wants to better understand how weather works and how it affects our lives.
By Gavin Pretor-Pinney
The Cloudspotter’s Guide is THE book to have on clouds. This book is actually more about clouds than weather per se. You’ll learn just about everything there is to know about clouds, including the science behind them and a little humor at the same time. After reading this book, you’ll find yourself looking up… A LOT! This is a well-reviewed book. It would have landed higher on this list if it were slightly more relevant to the topic of actual “weather observation”.
By Storm Dunlop
This is a pocket guide and focuses on weather forecasting. Its size makes it convenient, yet the small text can be hard to read. The book explains global effects of weather patterns as well as cloud types and their effect on weather. There are some informative images in the book which is nice. In addition, there is a section, specifically for weather observation. Outdoorsmen will find the lighting and thunderstorm precaution and protection list helpful.
By Toby Carlson, Paul Knight, and Celia Wyckoff
This is an informative primer on the basics of using cloud formations to predict the weather. The reader learns how to develop skills through observation to better understand the science behind the weather and connect that with actual meteorological concepts. Note, several of the chapters do focus specifically on the Northeastern part of the United States.