Instant Storm Forecasting

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An advanced course in reading the skies

“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning.”

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With the great strides made in meteorology since that proverb was coined, sailors have a lot more to rely on, and “Instant Storm Forecasting” ($14.95, Sheridan House, 2009) by Alan Watts will teach you what you need to know in order to be the Willard Scott of your crew. You’ll learn everything from how to read clouds, to hurricane and tornado classification and forecasting, to waterspouts. With this companion, you truly won’t need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind blows.

Watts is a professional meteorologist and author of several best-selling weather books. www.sheridanhouse.com

This article originally appeared in the Home Waters sections of the July 2009 issue.