Backpacker magazine's Predicting Weather: Forecasting, by Lisa Densmore Ballard

By Lisa Densmore Ballard

Backpacker Magazine's Weather informs readers approximately how climate occurs, the right way to expect and realize climate styles, determine cloud formations and understand what they suggest, boost climate understanding from simple meteorological techniques, and extra. this convenient pocket-sized consultant is ninety six pages, contains popouts, and contains colour images, charts, and illustrations as wanted during the interior.

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It can be extremely dense. Sea kayakers should remain on shore until the fog has lifted. >> It can last all day. indd 33 33 2/23/10 4:04:45 PM Coastal fog Steam Fog >> It forms after a rain shower if the ground is warmer than the rain and looks like steam rising off the ground. >> It also occurs in the early morning or evening when the air over a lake or river is colder than the water. >> It is typically short-lived, dissipating by midmorning as the sun warms the air. >> It feels uncomfortably damp.

Trekker by the edge of a glacier. indd 43 43 2/23/10 4:05:12 PM Alpine Zones Originally named for the climate in the Alps, the alpine zone applies to mountainous areas above tree line yet below permanent snow line. The elevations of various alpine zones differ widely. In New England the alpine zone is generally above 4,000 feet, but there are bald mountains well below that elevation that are exposed to extreme weather and thus support alpine flora. In the northern Rocky Mountains, you have to climb above 8,500 feet—10,000 feet in the middle and southern parts of the range—to get above the timber.

Down works great until it gets wet. indd 55 55 2/23/10 4:05:52 PM Sleeping Pad You can have the warmest sleeping bag on the market, but you’ll still freeze if your sleeping pad doesn’t insulate you properly from the cold ground. Even in a warm climate, the earth is colder than your body. Without a good pad the ground will conduct your body heat away overnight, leaving you cold and possibly hypothermic. Sleeping pads should be made of closed-cell foam or be inflatable. Closed-cell pads are heavier and bulkier to pack and less comfortable than inflatable ones; however, if your inflatable pad gets a leak, you are in effect padless.

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