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Book review: 30-second Meteorology

Photo: 30-second Meteorology - The 50 most significant events and phenomena, each explained in half a minute. Editor: Adam A. Scaife, Foreword by Julia Slingo. 
Publishers: Ivy Press (2016). £14.99

This is a beautiful and tactile coffee table book, whilst being a handier size than most coffee table books. It consists of seven sections; 1) the elements, 2) the global atmosphere, 3) the Sun, 4) weather watching and forecasting, 5) can we change the weather, 6) weather cycles and 7) extreme weather.

Book review: Weather in 30 seconds

By Dr. Jen Green and Prof Adam Scaife, 
Ivy Kids, £9.99, Publication date: 2015, 96 pages, 
Recommended age range: 8-14 

A lovely short book, with short, accurate explanations, including ideas for simple experiments and calculations to demonstrate atmospheric processes, plus some helpful illustrations. It was a great idea to put a glossary at the start of each section.

theWeather Club photographic competition results: Our favourite weather images submitted by members!

Winner (above)

Neil Lofthouse: Triple rainbow in Iceland

Runners up:

Neil Lofthouse: Stationary standing wave to lee of Icelandic mountain

 

Roger Williams: Sunset in Tobago

 

Roger Williams: Rainbow in Tobago

 

Chris Richards: Winter sunshine on snow, Nicky Nook above Scorton, Lancs

 

Chris Richards: Thick Rime accretion on fencing on Shining Tor ridge, Derbyshire

 

Graham Bishop: Cold Air 25/12/2010 near Minster Lovell, Oxfordshire

 

World Meteorological Day: World Meteorological Day is a yearly event, celebrated on 23 March.

World Meteorological Day is a yearly event, celebrated on 23 March. It commemorates the the entry into force in 1950 of the convention that created the World Meteorological Organization. The day also highlights the huge contribution that National Meteorological and Hydrological Services make to the safety and well-being of society.

This year's World Meteorological Day theme is “Weather and climate: engaging youth.""

The following resources are available for supporting World Meteorological Day celebrations around the world: