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Under The Microscope

WEIRD WEATHER by Paul Simons; Warner Books/Penguin, 1996; 308 pages; $19.95

Reviewed by Vicki Hyde

This is a good book for the toilet or bedside shelf -- lots of interesting short items for dipping into and with which you can astound or amuse or infuriate your friends. Freak phenomena get a sensible airing, so to speak, and there's an interesting section on the interaction between weather, climate and the living world.

Weather watcher Simons has a nice light style and his anecdotes are, for the most part, accurate and informative. Failing that, they are entertaining and give you more than enough ammunition to broaden your run-of-the-mill conversation on how the weather is doing.

"Did you know..."

Vicki Hyde is the editor of New Zealand Science Monthly.