Paper pub. date
January 1999
ISBN 9780870714672 (paperback)
7 x 10 inches, 288 pages. Illustrations. Maps. Glossary of weather terms. Index.

The Oregon Weather Book

A State of Extremes

Raymond Hatton and George H. Taylor

Oregonians are nuts for weather. They're hungry for weather news, anecdotes, statistics, trivia, and, of course, forecasts. The Oregon Weather Book will whet Oregonians' insatiable appetite.

A comprehensive and fact-filled resource for anyone who watches, studies, enjoys, or simply endures Oregon weather, this book offers a history of significant weather events and a guide to the forces that create and govern our weather. The authors consider perceptions (and misperceptions) about Oregon weather by residents and outsiders, including the origins of the term, "webfoot."

An invaluable reference, The Oregon Weather Book is intended for all Oregonians, from die-hard weather watchers and professionals to those who look to the skies to make recreation, travel or business plans. Tips on interpreting atmospheric conditions will allow amateur forecasters to analyze and predict weather with greater accuracy.

Also available The Climate of Oregon: From Rain Forest to Desert the companion volume to The Oregon Weather Book.

About the author

Raymond Hatton is Professor Emeritus of Geography at Central Oregon Community College. He is the author of many books on Oregon history, geography, and climate. He lives in Bend, Oregon.

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George H. Taylor is the State Climatologist for Oregon. A faculty member of Oregon State University's College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Science, he is Director of the Oregon Climate Service, the state's official repository for weather and climate information. He lives in Corvallis.

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Part 1 Large-scale Influences on Oregon's Weather and Climate 1
Part 2 Weather Elements 7
  Precipitation 8
  Temperature 15
  Winds 17
  Humidity 19
  Cloud Cover and Solar Radiation 22
  Snow 23
  Fronts--A More Detailed Look 25
  Local Winds 31
Part 3 Forecasting and Talking about the Weather 39
  Tips for Amateur Weather Forecasters 40
  Historical and Contemporary Perceptions of Oregon's Weather 46
Part 4 Oregon: A State of Extremes 55
  Temperatures 56
  Wet and Dry Extremes 61
  Heat Waves 64
  Cold Spells 67
Part 5 Weather Events 71
  Ice Storms 72
  Floods 77
  Snowstorms 104
  Tornadoes 123
  Windstorms 138
  Cold Weather 158
  Thunderstorms 170
  Rainstorms 176
  Hot Weather 187
  Drought 195
Part 6 Appendices 205
  Access to Data via the Internet 206
  Measuring, Archiving, and Delivering Weather and Climate
Information in Oregon 207
  Weather Observer's Report Form 223
Glossary 225
Bibliography 234
Index 235

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