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This is a reference quality book. It is the best book I have seen on marine weather. This was one of two books with me when I crossed the Atlantic in 2015. The other was Bowditch. My only wish is that there was a hardback version. I use this as reference for teaching Marine Weather for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
-Drew W., Officer, US Coast Guard Auxiliary, USCG Master 25 Ton, US Sailing Instructor.
This is not an encyclopedia! It is a study book and real good one. It gets into depth on marine weather, the basic principles of marine weather and breaks down the scientific background. I am half way through the book and can say a number of light bulbs went off already helping me understand observations and weather charts much better. I already feel more confident in using some of the tools like weather faxes, surface charts, forecast, etc (I stioll have a long way to go). The book's biggest value is it helps to put things in perspective. it teaches you how validate information from various sources and how derive at your own conclusions. I on't give it a 5-star because I think the book could be updated or improved by adding more and updated graphical explanations and sample charts. Otherwise its great! I recommend this book to everybody who wants to get serous in understanding weather, but isn't affraid to study rather than just reading.
Read this book on Kindle. Bottom line: had to order the "real" ink-on-paper "book" since the illustrations, graphs, and weather maps are that good. Excellent, basic but occasionally complex study of weather at sea: air masses; 500-millibar pressure map; sea states; highs and lows; circumpolar pressure waves; just about everything. Cannot recommend text highly enough. Used to supplement my USCG weather class.
After reading 50 pages, I'm so impressed with the information provided in this book. The book has exceed my expectations. The author is able to thoroughly bridge the divide between theory and practice so as to explain how weather works as it relates to blue water sailing. I'm so happy I bought this book. If you are planning to do an ocean passage, this book should be part of your library.
The first weather book I really love. I bought a bunch of them to find one that is readable and makes sense for me. Its written clear and you can just look up topics you always wanted to understand, but other authors never get it across. For any sailor a great book to get and really read. I might need to get a few more as hand me downs....
Until I became a farmer, I never paid much attention to the weather. Now that we are preparing to move aboard a boat for at least half the year, I know I need to know more about wind and waves than just about rain. Everyone I have asked points to this as THE definitive book on Marine Weather. Thankfully it is readable! Not just full of dry information and charts and diagrams that I might go glazey-eyed over.
For a book like this, I believe that the paper copy and not the kindle edition would be best. It's very hard on the kindle to see the figures and be able to reference them along with the text. The book itself and the content is very good.
The current "Bible" of marine weather. A perfect blend of just enough technical stuff to allow the reader to understand, without coming across as a college textbook. Both very readable and thorough. Thank you David Burch!
A fabulously written manual that any novice sailor can use to become fairly adept at understanding the numerous weather variables presented in a marine environment. Easy to use as a quick reference or a complete text on marine weather and atmospheric conditions. I highly recommend every sailor keep a copy in his or her vessel.