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The Cloudspotter's Guide:
The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds

by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Perigee Books, 2006

Clearest exposition of cloud taxonomy. Succinct. Complete. Poetic.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the Founder of The Cloud Appreciation Society.
Join the Cloud Appreciation Society today!

...Clouds have a symbolic role for some yogis: they stand for the times when the yogis lose track of their spiritual journey.

...distractions occasionally become so profound and sustained that the yogis lose track of their spiritual path altogether. They call it a 'storm of Maya.'

At times like these, yogis remind themselves that, beyond the clouds, the sun never stops shining.

- Gavin Pretor-Pinney, Cloudspotter's Guide.

Types of lightning. © The Cloudspotter's Guide.


Storm Chasing Handbook
by Tim Vasquez
Weather Graphics Technologies, 2002
Vasquez 101.

Weather Forecasting Handbook
by Tim Vasquez
Weather Graphics Technologies, 2002
Vasquez graduate studies.

Weather Map Handbook
by Tim Vasquez
Weather Graphics Technologies, 2003
Sorting through the plethora of data available on the web.

The Tornado: Nature's Ultimate Windstorm
by Thomas P. Grazulis
University of Oklahoma Press, 2003

Storm Chaser: In Pursuit of Untamed Skies
by Warren Faidley
Weather Channel, 1996

Big Weather: Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America
by Mark Svenvold
Henry Holt and Co, 2005
A poet falls in love with Oklahoma sky in this portrait of current chase scene and personalities.

Heavy Weather
by Bruce Sterling
Bantam, 1995
Storm chasing in the year 2031.

Weather and Climate of the Great Lakes Region
by Val L. Eichenlaub
University of Notre Dame Press, 1979
Still a great overview of forces that shape midwest weather.

A Field Guide to the Atmosphere
by John A. Day, Vincent J. Schaefer
Houghton Mifflin, 1998
Cloud identification and composition.


Swift Wx
Swift Wx combines a powerful GIS mapping engine with real-time weather maps and storm tracking data.

A forecast profile visualization and analysis tool kit developed by the staff at the National Weather Service.

Digital Atmosphere
Weather forecasting software that lets you create detailed maps of real-time weather anywhere in the world.

Wx Worx Mobile Threat Net
The XM WX satellites transmit in the S-Band frequency, ensuring that you’ll always have access to mobile weather data.

Graphical database of severe thunderstorm and tornado occurrences.

Wisconsin tornadoes 1950-2002 as graphed by SeverePlot.

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