In this book for all who are curious about the weather and atmospheric science, Dewdney (poetics, York Univ.; Soul of The World) writes a detailed account of how weather patterns and superstorms are formed. He begins with the birth of our atmosphere, and how weather patterns affected the earth thousands of years ago. Along the way, he introduces catastrophic natural events, from the Ice Age to Hurricane Katrina, while describing complex scientific concepts and technical terms in an easy-to-understand way. The satisfying narrative offers a great deal of information about general earth science and goes deeper into the atmosphere with each chapter. A measurement conversion chart in the appendix is a bonus. The only book that might compare is John Lynch's The Weather, as both books detail the weather and various complex events in our atmosphere.