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Weather education


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Lauren Burgess · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 10

I'd love to find a book, or maybe even a course, on backcountry weather - especially with regards to Alaska and big mountains. Has anyone come across something of this nature? 

Wiggle · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 0
Alex Lombardo · · Davis, CA · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 115

I am also very interested in finding a book of that sort. The best I've come across so far is the National Audubon Society's Field Guide to North American Weather. It's pretty comprehensive, but likely not as specific as the one in the link above.

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=22495129315&searchurl=kn%3Daudubon%2Bweather%26sortby%3D17


FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275
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Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 456
FrankPS wrote:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=learning+about+alaska+weather+book

Really MP? Does this go to something evil? Did you type the rule number one bit, or have I found a delicious glitch?

OP, backcountry pilots would also pursue this information. I can't remember specific books, too long ago, but again, Google should get you to Flying magazine's publications.

Second the Audubon book.

Best, OLH

sandrock · · Colorado Springs, CO · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 115

"Understanding the Sky" is a very common weather book for paragliding. It looks pretty dense though, 

mediocre · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2013 · Points: 0
FrankPS wrote:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=learning+about+alaska+weather+book

That’s hilarious.  Well played

Jon Nelson · · Bellingham, WA · Joined Sep 2011 · Points: 4,735

If you want to have a stronger base of knowledge, then you might try a standard 100-level meteorology text. At the Univ. of Arizona, we used Ahrens "Meteorology Today". 

Less glossy, but at a slightly higher level is Wallace and Hobbs, "Atmospheric Science, an Introductory Survey", the standard intro for atmos. sci. majors. 



Bleys Andromeda-Focht · · Anchorage, AK · Joined Jul 2016 · Points: 0
Lauren Burgess · · Bozeman, MT · Joined Apr 2017 · Points: 10
Bleys Andromeda-Focht wrote:



I wish I was up there and could take the course! I appreciate it. It looks as though something similar is hosted in Jackson Hole:

http://www.mountainweather.com/info-services/weather-courses-and-training/

I know it's a pretty niche market, but I imagine there are a lot of people out there with Alaska aspirations who would devour a short book on the weather particulars and generalities of Alaskan peaks and ranges. Any meteorologists interested in a get-rich-quick scheme? ;)

Looks like lots of excellent textbook and resource starting places for me to research, I very much appreciate everyone's input! 

Old lady H · · Boise, ID · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 456
Lauren Burgess wrote:



I wish I was up there and could take the course! I appreciate it. It looks as though something similar is hosted in Jackson Hole:

http://www.mountainweather.com/info-services/weather-courses-and-training/

I know it's a pretty niche market, but I imagine there are a lot of people out there with Alaska aspirations who would devour a short book on the weather particulars and generalities of Alaskan peaks and ranges. Any meteorologists interested in a get-rich-quick scheme? ;)

Looks like lots of excellent textbook and resource starting places for me to research, I very much appreciate everyone's input! 

Hey, do also hunt up backcountry pilots association, or state aeronautical division for Alaska, something like that. Heck of a lot more pilots than climbers, and weather is every bit as deadly for pilots. Mountains even more so, I think.

Best, H.

Mason Stone · · Boise, ID · Joined Sep 2017 · Points: 0

As Helen said,

Pilots must know the weather, have a look at any Private to ATP guidebook, they cover weather extensively including what mountains, clouds etc do.



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