"Mountain Weather" is a groundbreaking work that explains weather dynamics simply and clearly in terms that will allow mountaineers, hikers and backcountry skiers and snowboarders to make educated forecasts, plan trips, make quick decisions and move safely. This is crucial and potentially lifesaving information that is available now only in dense, highly technical manuals or short, basic texts that fall short of providing essential information. "Mountain Weather" is written by a professional meteorologist who is also a longtime climber. It first provides a simple and straightforward mountain weather primer that will arm mountain travellers with enough information to make an accurate forecast and intelligent decisions. It then provides a regional weather survey of the world's major mountain ranges, including those in Alaska, the Cascades, Sierra Nevadas, Rockies, Whites, Himalayas, Karakorum, Alps and Andes - information not available from any other single source. Finally, "Mountain Weather" provides a gripping context that is both instructional and intriguing - a professional analysis of fatal storms on Mount Everest in 1996, Mount McKinley in 1992, and K2 in 1986.
Heavily illustrated, "Mountain Weather" is laced throughout with practical, entertaining sidebars on such things as using altimeters, weather facts and curiosities (Why is the Sky Blue?, Cloud Colours and Rainbows, Rime Ice, Is It Ever Too Cold to Snow?, Wind Chill, Lightning), and mountain travel tips based on first-hand experience.