Library Journal Review
In this book for all who are curious about the weather and atmospheric science, Dewdney (poetics, York Univ.; Soul of The World) writes a detailed account of how weather patterns and superstorms are formed. He begins with the birth of our atmosphere, and how weather patterns affected the earth thousands of years ago. Along the way, he introduces catastrophic natural events, from the Ice Age to Hurricane Katrina, while describing complex scientific concepts and technical terms in an easy-to-understand way. The satisfying narrative offers a great deal of information about general earth science and goes deeper into the atmosphere with each chapter. A measurement conversion chart in the appendix is a bonus. The only book that might compare is John Lynch's The Weather, as both books detail the weather and various complex events in our atmosphere. VERDICT This terrific, accessible, and exciting read helps us to better understand the aspects of weather and the atmosphere all around us.-Daniel Sabol, Bronx Community Coll., NY © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
The title of the latest work by Canadian author Dewdney pinpoints the surprisingly meager layer of atmosphere that encircles Earth, in which much of our weather arises and shapes our lives. Referring to the planet's roller-coaster climates as gorgeous, terrifying, capricious and elusive, Dewdney admits up front that his own obsession with weather began in adolescence when he outfitted his home with a rudimentary forecasting station. Beginning with the creation of oxygen by primitive bacteria over 2.5-billion years ago, he conducts a brief tour of meteorological history, including a near-fatal high-altitude (five miles up without oxygen) balloon flight by James Glaisher in 1862, before delving into the many mysteries of auroras, clouds, rain, storms, and the seasons. A chapter on Hurricane Katrina describes the atmospheric ingredients that spelled disaster, and another recounts weather catastrophes, including 1941's Russian Winter, which changed history. As the author of 11 volumes of poetry, Dewdney brings a distinctive lyrical quality and playful wit to his prose that's missing from most mainstream science books.--Carl Hays Copyright 2018 Booklist