Book review – Contemporary Physics, June 2013

“Stephen Burt’s work is excellent in answering the question ‘how can I get the best out of my equipment?’. The book covers different aspects: techniques of measure (both traditional and new); the way of choosing the appropriate weather station; the choice of the site; market-available technologies; non-instrumental weather observations; instrument calibration; data logging and metadata; data storage and much more. … The enormous amount of information is made available and organized in a very impressive and clear way. … The Weather Observer’s Handbook can be recommended not only to professionals, but also to amateur observers.”

Reviewed by Marco Casazza in Contemporary Physics, June 2013, doi=10.1080/00107514.2013.800149

Book review - Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), May 2013

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Weather Observer’s Handbook by Stephen Burt … I would highly recommend this comprehensive weather-observing guide to hobbyists, professionals, teachers, and college instructors. The author has done an outstanding job making the book accessible to anyone interested in observing the weather, even if they do not have a technical background. At the same time, there is plenty of useful information for those of us who have been professionally involved in observing the weather for quite some time.”

Reviewed by Professor Sytske Kimball, Department of Earth Sciences, University of South Alabama in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, May 2013, pp 733-735

Book review – The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin, February 2013

“The strength of this book is that it does a good job of being a handy reference for any of its intended users (from backyard enthusiasts to professionals involved in research), as it has done a lot of the leg work for finding the appropriate instrument for the job. The “one-minute summary” at the end of most chapters gives a quick overview of the content and the extra thought put into making explanations clear and concise will be appreciated. …

… I find this to be totally readable resource for anyone interested in the proper way to go about measuring the various elements of weather. With the increasing acceptance of a “network of networks” approach, where data from all manner of weather instrumentation is assimilated with model data to create a denser synoptic picture for forecasters and modelers, the information provided in this book could prove very useful indeed.”

Reviewed by T Colleen Farrell, Environment Canada, in The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society Bulletin, Vol 41, No. 1, February 2013

Book review – Steve Richards in The Sky at Night Magazine, January 2013

¤¤¤¤    FOUR STARS

“Stephen Burt is an observer, not of the night sky, but of all aspects of weather. His book covers equipment choice, including gauges for measuring things like rainfall and humidity. Choosing the right site is also covered, as is how to record and measure data. The ‘one minute summary’ at the end of each chapter is particularly useful.”


Book review – Nolan Doesken in The Catch (the CoCoRaHS US newsletter), October 2012

A good book for a weather enthusiast

“I don’t generally make book recommendations, but I’ve got to tell you about this one. The Weather Observer’s Handbook by Stephen Burt from the UK just came out a few weeks ago. It is remarkably thorough and answers almost all the questions I get every year about weather measurements and weather station equipment.”



Book review – Peter Rogers in The Climatological Observers Link Bulletin, issue 509 published October 2012

“Christmas is coming, and with it the opportunity to buy some weather books. Clearly, the front-runner in any list must be Stephen Burt’s recently published The Weather Observer’s Handbook, the worthy product of seven years work. It is an extremely practical book which covers all aspects of recording and storing data relating to the weather elements.

The detail in this book is impressive, starting with a summary of the first European locations to record weather data, accompanied by photographs. Much of the book is devoted to explaining the advantages and disadvantages of the various instruments, screens, shields, etc., available … Every aspect of the subject is covered in detail, not least the siting of instruments, and the problems caused by the limitations of available space and the importance of instrument calibration emphasised. Equipped with this book, observers, professional as well as amateurs (for whom the book is primarily intended), will be in an ideal position to review and update their instrumentation and recording of data … in this reviewer’s opinion all observers should have their own copies.”


Book review – Donald Hatch in Weerspiegel (Netherlands), October 2012

“The Weather Observer’s Handbook contains a complete, practical and thorough treatment of all aspects of making weather observations. The book covers both traditional and electronic instruments, and advises on the location and management of a station, how to use the instruments, how your observations can be used and stored, and how you can share your observations with others, including through the Internet. Automatic measurements today have in many cases replaced the manual observations of both amateur and official weather stations, but until the arrival of this book, there was no independent advice on the sale and use of such equipment. In short, this book is indispensable for both novice amateur observers on a limited budget and for professional meteorologists who seek a complete reference to the current WMO guidelines … I can highly recommend this book.”

Translation from the original Dutch, which appears below:

The Weather Observer’s Handbook bevat een volledige, praktische en gedegen behandeling van alle aspecten van het doen van weer- waarnemingen. Het boek gaat zowel over mechanische als elektronische instrumenten, en adviseert over de ligging en beheer van een weerstation, hoe je de instrumenten moet gebruiken, hoe jouw waarnemingen kunnen worden gebruikt en opgeslagen, en hoe je je waarnemingen met anderen kunt uitwisselen, o.a. via het Internet. Automatische metingen hebben tegenwoordig in veel gevallen de handmatige waarnemingen vervangen van zowel amateur als officiële weerstations, maar tot de komst van dit boek bestond er geen onafhankelijk advies over de koop en gebruik ervan. Kortom, dit boek is onmisbaar zowel voor beginnende amateur-waarnemers die voor weinig geld hun weerstation willen opstellen als voor beroepsmeteorologen die over een actueel en volledig naslagwerk voor o.a. de WMO richtlijnen willen beschikken … kan zijn boek van harte aanbevelen.”


Book review – Geoff Jenkins in Weather, September 2012

“ … the book’s great strength is that it draws on the author’s wealth of experience and expertise in making amateur measurements over several decades, and is liberally illustrated with photographs and data from his own weather station. … his enthusiasm for the subject … clearly comes across in the book. The author puts amateur weather enthusiasts at the head of his list of target audiences, and this is undoubtedly the group … who will find this very readable book a goldmine of information.”