Everyone talks about the weather, but how many really understand how it actually functions. How do temperature and pressure influence the planet’s weather systems? How is weather different from climate? Storm Dunlop (yes, that is his given name) takes up these and a number of other related questions in his new “Weather; A Very Short Introduction.”
Very Short introductions
When I recently called up the Very Short Introductions section of the Oxford University Press website to check if any interesting natural history themed volumes were visible on the horizon, I found myself quoting that iconic, charismatic leader of the O.W.C.A., Major Francis Monogram, in exclaiming “Good googly moogly!”
At the end of 2016, Oxford University Press’ brilliant Very Short Introductions series reached a milestone: the publication it’s five hundredth volume. Of course, such a series could not have a milestone such as this represented by just any random subject; which is why they cleverly chose Measurement to bear the distinctive “500” on its spine.
As I lay on the dark blue lounge chair at the Portland Red Cross, quietly contemplating my blood flowing through the 16-gauge needle inserted into my median cubital vein, through the tube taped to my forearm, and down into the bag suspended just beside the chair, like any good naturalist I began to wonder just […]