I just got done reading a book called Amateur Radio and Storm Spotting 2.
Figured I would write a quick review on it. I would rate it a 3 star, out of 5.
Before buying the book, I was reading the reviews from people online. So I had a lot of expectations going into it. Based on the reviews.
I use a Amazon Kindle Paperwhite, as my reader. Very good Kindle!
The Bad: When I hit the 64% mark, the main book ended! I was like WTF!!! The rest was appendix! This is my main reason for the 3 star rating. I was expecting it to be a lot longer than it was. The appendix area was alot. I personally feel that the main book itself should have been longer. Based on the reviews and what I was reading from other readers, it was a long book. Well, I flew through this book pretty quickly. Literally.
Also, the information was so-so. I am a trained storm spotter for many years now, so I guess I should toss this information out there. So I knew everything that was in the book already pretty much. So it was easy for me to read through and understand.
If you are just starting out, it is a good book and might be a little too much to take in at times. But there are several areas that do provide some good education to learn from. It gives you the basic outlines on the in’s and out’s.
To be honest, you could probably learn more from a simple google search. But I still do recommend people buying this, to help support the authors.
The Good: There were some areas that I did learn some stuff. Even though I know alot, I did learn some new stuff. I do like how they posted the links to the sources and in the appendix gave you a tutorial on how to do live maps. I been wanting to learn how to do the live maps, but never really took the time to learn yet. So this book did spark that interest once again. I did enjoy how one of the authors is kinda local, out of the Woodstock area. 2 Counties over. That was another cool thing I did enjoy about it. I also liked how they provided some examples of the AAR (After-Action-Report) and also their personal experiences. So it kinda made it a little more personal while reading the book.
Overall: I do recommend people buying the book to support the authors. I had a high expectation going in to read the book based on other reviews. So I wanted to be open and honest on my review, without doing spoilers. The book is shorter than I expected. But at times, it had some good knowledge. If you already know alot about weather, then you might want to pass on this. If you are just starting out or wanting to start your own Skywarn group, then buy this. They do provide some good links and examples in the book. And I like how they did positive re-enforcement in the book as well. They are right, no situation will ever be identical. You will always be learning. If you say you know “everything” then you are lying. Because even though you may know alot, you will never know everything. So, there is always room for improvements and training. I do like how they pointed this out, because it is true!