In the nearly nine years that I have been posting The Weather Doctor, a number of local/regional climate books, including my own The BC Weather Book have been published, and I have reviewed a number of them. The latest to cross my desk is North Carolina Weather & Climate by Peter J. Robinson, professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of the North Carolina Climate Program.
Each of the regional climate books has its own special spin, and Robinson's look at North Carolina weather and climate features aids for which the reader could personally forecast the local weather in North Carolina. Overall the book is intended as a layperson's guide to the state's weather and climate supported by an introduction to the basics of weather and climate science.
Robinson also covers topics such as the role of weather and climate in daily life, severe weather threats and their causes, and the meteorological effects of seasons as they are expressed within the state. He also explains more specific phenomena including the causes of heating and cooling, the effects of acid rain, and the role of groundwater in weather.
Robinson does a very good job in describing the regional weather patterns within North Carolina (there are three distinct climate zones in North Carolina) and how they may impact the daily lives of the state's residents. And though he does go into some events in the state's weather history, it is not a deep look, particularly for a state frequently visited by tropical storms and tornadoes, ice storms and nor'easters, floods and droughts (a topic often ignored by local climate authors but well treated by Robinson).
I found North Carolina Weather & Climate to be well-written and beautifully illustrated nearly all the illustrations are in color. If I understand the author's purpose to provide an elementary lay guide to weather and climate and do so in the context of the local weather of North Carolina, then Robinson has well succeeded. My personal criticism of the book, as one well-versed in basic weather and climate, is that the book is a bit light on discussions of local weather and climate.
But that is my viewpoint and should not detract from the overall excellence of this volume. I would recommend it to anyone with interests in the Tar Heel State, perhaps bought in conjunction with Jay Barnes' book: North Carolina's Hurricane History, also published by The University of North Carolina Press.