Dr. Day provides in The Book on Clouds a quick ready photographic reference on clouds. Clouds are defined as a collection of visible ice crystals or water droplets. He explains cloud composition, how clouds form, affect the planet and how weather can be predicted by observing them.
Dr. Day held a PH.D in cloud physics. He was a retired professor at Linfield College in Oregon who taught physics and meteorology. Dr. Day passed away on June 21, 2008 at the age of 95. His website www.cloudman.com lists the books he has written which include: The Science of Weather, Climate and Weather, Field Guide to the Atmosphere, and First Guide to Clouds and Weather.
There is a chart that includes color photos of clouds placed into six groups based on their type and elevation. The clouds’ names and their corresponding page numbers are listed.
The main body of the book contains color photos of various cloud types. Next to the photos are listed their group, name, elevation, stability, buoyancy, moisture content, temperature, lift ability and precipitation type.
Some types of clouds included are: cumulus, stratus which can form fog, mist that forms over water is referred to as sea smoke, and cirrus is wispy. Precipitation clouds include: stratocumulus, alto stratocumulus, altocumulus and cumulonimbus. Day describes mist, drizzle and hail. Day discusses optical cloud effects such as rainbows, halos, sundogs, sun pillars, coronas, rays, aurora borealis, flashes, sunrises and sunsets.
A modest historical background of Luke Howard the man who named the clouds is included along with how the clouds came to be classified.
Storm clouds are discussed as well as types of storms including thunder and hail, tornadoes and tropical storms. Weather prediction is explained involving the sun, land, and sea and how they affect one another and interact. Day mentions ten cloud conditions used to predict the weather.
The book contains a glossary and an index but not a bibliography. The book has attractive color photos and is a manageable size. The Book of Clouds serves as a quick ready reference for the adult lay person including teens and tweens to identify and look at clouds to view for pleasure and to learn to predict the weather. This book may peak someone’s interest to further study clouds and meteorology.
Similar books may include:
Peterson's First Guide to Clouds and Weather by John A. Day, Vincent J. Schaefer c 1991
The cloudspotter's guide : the science, history and culture of clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney ; chapter illustrations by Bill Sanderson c 2006
The cloud book : how to understand the skies by Richard Hamblyn c 2008 - MA