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Anthologies featuring essays and stories about animals and the outdoors, by Eric Pinder
Learning about weather is a breeze with these free book excerpts, articles, weather tests, and interviews.
Test Your Weather Knowledge
A deceptively easy multiple choice quiz. The answers are here, but take the test first. No peeking!
William Bradford and the Pilgrims botch the first weather forecast at Plymouth Rock.
Don Kent: Talking Up a Storm
Learn about World War II meteorology, hurricanes and other fun facts in an exclusive interview with Don Kent, Boston’s first TV weatherman.
Celsius vs Fahrenheit
Which scale is better? A heated debate (no pun unintentional) and discussion of the strange English fascination with the number 12.
Five Temperature Scales
A short history of various temperature scales, including the Réaumur, Rankine and Kelvin scales, which opinions about the advantages of each.
Mount Washington Observatory
Visit the windiest place on Earth in the comfort of your own home! Find photographs, information, anecdotes and links of interest about “the home of the world’s worst weather” on this page.
A Purr-fect Storm
Meet Nin the Mount Washington cat, his predecessors Jasper and Inga, and his successor, Marty.
A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist
Go behind the scenes at the Mount Washington Observatory, the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather.” A team of weather observers and researchers (and one very cool cat) lives on the icy summit year round. A minute-by-minute account (with photos) of a typical day in an untypical place
High Altitude Pizza
A mountain search-and-rescue operation will make you mighty hungry. An excerpt from Life at the Top, including a high altitude pizza dough recipe.
Into Deep Slush
“Nature writing about weather.” Wade through rivers of slush on the Mt. Washington Auto Road during an Observatory EduTrip adventure gone wrong. Sometimes it’s the thaw that will kill you. Excerpted from Tying Down the Wind.
Tourists ask the funniest questions. A short excerpt from Among the Clouds is located at the bottom of the linked page.
Iceland Traveler's Tips
Volcanoes, geysers and glaciers. Plus a lot of scenic waterfalls. And don’t forget to try the rotten shark.
Katahdin, Baxter State Park
& the Appalachian Trail
Follow Thoreau to Katahdin
Traveler's tips and photographs from Katahdin and Baxter State Park.
Fog on Pamola Peak
Thoreau was haunted by apparitions of Pamola in the mist. An excerpt from North to Katahdin.
Donn Fendler: Lost on Katahdin
Donn Fendler’s famous ordeal revisted, with a short excerpt from North to Katahdin. My grandmother was a nurse in Millinocket, Maine, during his famous eight-day ordeal in Baxter State Park.