A great starting point for those with an interest in the weather is The Weather Wizard’s Cloud Book by Louis D. Rubin Sr. and Jim Duncan. This book will help you learn how to identify the different cloud types through explanations and color plates. Then the topic shifts to wind direction and what it means. These two keystones (cloud types and wind direction) form the basis of amateur weather forecasting.
But the authors do not stop there. In easy-to-understand terms, they explain fronts, storms, and optical effects in the atmosphere, providing an excellent introduction to weather phenomena. They also address weather folklore:
- Woolly bears.
- Mackerel skies.
- Red in the morning.