Title: El Nino: The WILD side of the weather cycle: What we know, what we don’t, and why you should care!
Author: Bill Limmer
Date finished: 3/1/16
Genre: Non-fiction, weather
Publisher: Wild Weather Publishing
Publication Date: August 31, 2015
Pages in book: 88
Stand alone or series: Stand alone
Where I got the book from: Author/publisher NOTE: I received this book for free from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.
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My rating: 3.0 stars out of a scale of 5
My review: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. This book will count towards my Book Riot 2016 Read Harder reading challenge, marking off the “Read a book under 100 pages” box since this book was only 88 pages. This is a non-fiction book about the upcoming potential El Nino weather season and the effect it may have on the U.S. (based on past experiences). I thought this book was well done in the fact that there was a bunch of scientific and statistical information included in the book, but it wasn’t so much that an ordinary person couldn’t read it. I personally know absolutely nothing about weather or weather patterns but this book was explained in such a way that it was easy for a “regular” person to understand it but had enough information that I think someone who has more expertise on weather would also find it interesting. That being said I’m going to do my best to give a summary of the book without getting anything wrong (fingers crossed).
The El Nino weather season is due to changing ocean temperatures (overly simplified explanation, if it is technically accurate) which causes extreme weather conditions such as tornadoes, flooding, extreme snow storms and rain storms, etc. The US is currently in an El Nino weather system and there are a number of examples from the book on storms that happened in Oct 2015 that are substantiating the fact that this El Nino is going to be stronger than ever. There are a number of examples of past El Nino seasons in this book including the many storms and side effects, as a guideline of what we can expect in the coming months. There are also some tips included in this book for anyone looking to prepare for any upcoming large storms.
Overall I thought this book was interesting, though it isn’t something I normally would have read on my own. The only reason I did not score it higher was because it wasn’t really a topic that I have a lot of interest in. I think this is a great book for any one is interested in learning more about weather, especially since it seems like this will have a significant impact on people’s lives in the upcoming year.
The bottom line: I thought the subject matter of this book was interesting and definitely was explained well enough that an ordinary citizen would be able to understand the changes in the weather patterns. Also had great tips for preparing for upcoming storms!