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2002-MA6 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 3, 2002

Media Advisory:
Rough Guide Author Offers Armchair Tour of Wild Weather

Free Public Talk, Book Signing

David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
P.O. Box 3000
Boulder, CO 80307-3000
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
Fax: (303) 497-8610
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

What: "A World of Wild Weather," a free public talk illustrated with photos and filled with facts about the seasons and storms that sweep across planet Earth.

Who: Writer, photographer, and meteorologist Robert Henson, author of The Rough Guide to Weather (Penguin, July 2002). Advance copies of the book will be available for purchase from the NCAR Science Store at a book signing immediately following the talk.

When: Wednesday, June 12, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Where: The Main Seminar Room of the NCAR Mesa Lab, 1850 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder.

Information: The public can call 303-497-1173 for information about the talk and directions to the NCAR Mesa Lab, which is at the west end of Table Mesa Drive.


From tornadoes to ice storms, from the soggiest rainforests to places that virtually never see a drop of rain, our world is packed with stunning contrasts in weather and climate. Bob Henson will explain many of these quirks in a whirlwind tour of the Earth’s atmosphere. He'll also give a preview of The Rough Guide to Weather, to be released in July by Penguin.

Henson's gift is the ability to explain the intricacies of weather and climate to a wide variety of audiences. He is a contributing editor of Weatherwise magazine and frequent correspondent for The Weather Notebook, a nationally syndicated radio program from Mt. Washington Observatory. Since 1989 Henson has been a writer and editor at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and its parent organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

Much of Henson's photography is drawn from more than 20 years of storm chasing across the Great Plains. He’s seen around 20 tornadoes and a vast array of severe thunderstorms. "I grew up on the Great Plains, surrounded by wild weather, and I've always been fascinated by it," says Henson. His graduate work at the University of Oklahoma included both meteorology and journalism. Henson has studied the evolution of severe-weather warnings on radio and TV and written the first book-length overview of weather broadcasting, published in 1990.

The Rough Guide to Weather is both a basic guide to the atmosphere and a reference for travelers and armchair travelers. The guide provides concise descriptions of the weather and climate for 200 destinations around the world. It includes an exploration of the forces that drive weather and climate and the wild phenomena that result, and there's a primer on global climate change.

Henson's is the first science book in the acclaimed Rough Guide travel and reference series. “Rough Guides are known for being somewhat irreverent, yet very thorough and reliable,” Henson says. “Translating complicated weather and climate concepts and putting them into this informal context was challenging, but a lot of fun, too.”

Henson's talk is part of a week of events for local volunteer weather observers in appreciation of their contributions to the fields of meteorology and climatology, sponsored by NCAR, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University's Department of Atmospheric Sciences.

On the Web:

Publisher's page for The Rough Guide to Weather

About Bob Henson

Note to Editors: Henson is available for interviews by contacting him at 303-497-8605; bhenson@ucar.edu.

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    A non-tornadic downdraft emerges from a rotating supercell near Wray, Colorado, on June 2, 1999.
    Credit: © Robert Henson

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    With the early afternoon sun high in the sky, this Oklahoma rainbow on April 12, 1991, occurred unusually low on the horizon.
    Credit: © Robert Henson

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    This severe storm east of Lubbock, TX, produced hail as large as tennis balls on Memorial Day, May 27, 2002.
    Credit: © Robert Henson

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    A West Texas thunderstorm builds on the horizon near Lubbock at sunset on Memorial Day, May 27, 2002.
    Credit: © Robert Henson

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