Reeds Weather Handbook: For Sail and Power 2nd Edition

July 2019 Feature Natalia Green Web Exclusive

Weather determines when we sail, where we sail to- and whether we arrive safely. Written by Frank Singleton, a former Senior Forecaster with the Met Office, this essential pocket-sized guide equips you with all the necessary tools to predict and deal with local and distant weather conditions, whether on a day trip or a longer cruise, along the coast or further offshore. This new edition will also keep you up-to-date with all the latest advances in meteorology.

Each topic in the book is broken down into digestible chapters, explaining the origins and effects of the full spectrum of weather conditions, including:

  • using and evaluating weather forecasts

  • depressions, fronts, isobars and other coastal effects

  • waves and swell

  • weather lore and sky watching.

The guide also includes an appendix with the expansions of acronyms sailers might encounter in the book and elsewhere, definitions for meteorological terms and terms used in marine weather forecasts, and sources for additional information about the weather.

With practical explanations and helpful diagrams and photographs, this is the ideal guide for skippers and crew, especially those studying for their Day Skipper and Yachtmaster exams. (

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