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The Weather Book

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A book by Michael Oard

The earth was created to be the dwelling place of man. It is a complex world and its weather patterns affect our lives every day. Whether you live near the equator, a polar region, or somewhere in between, knowledge of the weather is important.   … see full wiki

Author: Michael Oard
Genre: Science, Weather
Publisher: Master Books
Date Published: 1997, 2006
ISBN: 9780890512111
1 review about The Weather Book

Clearly explains various types of weather and what causes them

  • Jun 22, 2011
"The Weather Book" is a nonfiction book about various types of weather and what causes that weather to occur. The author assumed that he had a Christian audience and spoke frequently in terms of "God created." He clearly explained each topic and defined the few scientific terms in the text (though there's also a glossary in the back). I think 11-year-olds on up can easily understand the information in this book.

There were full color pictures and illustrations. In the back, there's a 12 by 24 inch pull-out full-color poster with pictures from the book. Overall, I'd highly recommend this book to children and adults who are interested in learning more about the weather and the forces that cause the weather.

Chapter 1 explained how the earth shows special design by God. Chapter 2 talked about climate zones, what causes weather, weather trivia (hottest, wettest, etc.), how to read a weather map (like those printed in a newspaper), the jet stream, and El Nino. Chapter 3 explained the water cycle, cloud types, the elevation of those clouds, warm fronts, cold fronts, fog, and the dew point.

Chapter 4 talked about thunderstorms and lightening. Chapter 5 talked about hail and wind damage. Chapter 6 talked about hurricanes. Chapter 7 talked about winter storms. Chapter 8 talked about St. Elmo's Fire, Foehn winds, the lake effect, and ball lightening.

Chapter 9 talked about the clues to the earth's climate in the past--including the ice age--and how Noah's Flood explains the Ice Age better than secular explanations. Chapter 10 talked about the climate in the future, including global warming and the ozone layer. Chapter 11 talked about various weather instruments (thermometers, weather balloon, cloud photography, etc.) as well as how a child can make a weather vane, barometer, rain gauge, and do a condensation experiment. Chapter 12 talked about how Christians ought to relate to the environment.

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June 23, 2011
This sounds really cool! And I'm curious as to how Christians should relate to weather. Should be interesting. Thanks for sharing!
June 23, 2011
Devora, it's actually "how Christians should relate to the environment." After talking about people's concerns over global warming and the depletion of the ozone layer, he wants people to understand that Christians have been made stewards/caretakers of the earth, so we do want to take care of the earth even if the author doesn't necessarily encourage jumping on the latest environmental freak-out fade (my term). (He encourages further study of weather/climate concerns before taking actions that cost billions of dollars. This is because previous concerns, upon further scientific study--which he discusses--, have been discovered to have been way overblown.)
June 22, 2011
Nice review, Debbie. Would you say the author addresses the science behind the weather as well as God's Divine Plan? Sounds like a fascinating exploration!
June 23, 2011
Adrianna, this book was created as a science book for Christian home-schoolers, though anyone can use it. So it primarily addresses the "science" of how weather works, but refers to "God created" as the source of who designed it to work this way. Not sure if that actually answered your question.
June 28, 2011
Yes, that did! Thanks for the clarifications!
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