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  1. Mr. Yeager

    I just purchased your book “Weather Whys” and I really like it. I have always been a weather bug and even considered meteorology as a career, but that would mean way too much math for me.

    I enjoy the wealth of information in a compact space. Excellent job of explaining a complicated subject for us lay people…Thanks for a great book. I am enjoying it.


    • Thanks, Roger. I’m so happy that you’re enjoying the book, and it’s very kind of you to take time to let me know.


  2. I live in Fultondale is there anyway I could get a copy of the Tornando rampage 2011.I was without power for a week anda half.I would appreciate it

  3. Long lost friends,
    I hope the two of you are well. I miss our Rolls lab talks Sherri, and Paul, thank you again for sharing your work with me.
    I have a weather question! The storms seem like they’ve shifted directionality. In the past, they seemed to travel west to east predominantly, and now they seem to travel.south-ish to north-ish. Is this due to a shift in axis from the Japan earthquake, or some other phenomenon? or maybe I am way off, and this is normal?
    Amie Marks

    • Hi Amie–nice to hear from you. I hope all is well with your and your family. I will tell Sherry that you said hello!

      The weather pattern is perfectly normal. It’s really just a function of the change of the the upper-level flow of late. It has been more southerly (from the south) than westerly (from the west) in the eastern U.S., so storms have been moving in from that direction.


  4. Paul: Knowing my fascination with weather, a close friend gave me a copy of your book. I had barely begun reading it when I was astounded by the statements on pages 11 and 18 that “The air … diverges … from the center of the high pressure system in a counterclockwise direction,” and “A low pressure system is … a storm system, with… air converging toward the center of the low pressure system in a counterclockwise direction.” My confidence level in the information in your book has now been seriously compromised, as clearly the air does not circulate around high and low pressure systems iin the same direction. As you well know, air circulates around a high pressure system in a clockwise direction. Disappointing error.

    • You are correct, Gregg, the first mention of the direction of the wind around a high pressure system in the book is incorrect–it’s clockwise, not counterclockwise (northern hemisphere). This is something that I mistakenly typed in the same way that we’ve all intended to say one thing but something else came out. The error slipped through the editing process, but the publisher is already aware of the correction for any future editions.

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