April 1, 2022

The Skies Above: A fascinating look at our atmosphere and beyond

I am so proud to announce that my new book, The Skies Above, is now available around the world.

The Skies Above is a celebration of what we overlook when we look up. Auroras, sunsets, thunderstorms, rainbows, you name it—our skies are full of wonder on even the quietest day.

It was a pleasure working with the great folks at Indelible Editions who expertly designed, edited, and pitched our project to our publisher, Mountaineers Books.

I compiled more than 200 pages of fascinating information about our atmosphere and beyond. Full illustrations and vivid photographs bring storms and stars to life.

The Skies Above covers everything from the basics (what is an occluded front, anyway?) to the complex, like how warm water actually strengthens a hurricane. We’ll look beyond our atmosphere, as well, diving into the Sun’s storms, exploring our Moon, and even gawking at a meteor that damaged a town in 2013.

I also set out to answer some of the most common questions about the weather. What causes that delightful earthy smell right before the rain? Where is the safest place to hide out during a tornado warning?

The driving force behind my weather writing over the past dozen years is to help my readers prepare for whatever comes their way.

If someone understands the weather, they’re more likely to pay attention to the forecast beyond whether we need a coat in the morning. If you know what to look out for when tornadoes are in the forecast or when a hurricane is close to shore, that knowledge might help alleviate some of the storm anxiety so many folks (me included!) battle during the height of severe weather season.

There’s so much more to our atmosphere than meets the eye. The next time you’re outside, take a good, long look at the sky. Each cloud is a work of art. The color of the sky is the product of vivid collisions between light, water, ice, and gas. You might even spot the final flash of a meteor that’s millions of years old.

You can buy your copy of The Skies Above just about anywhere you love to buy books, including:

➤  Amazon
➤  Walmart

If your favorite bookstore doesn’t have it in stock, ask them to carry it. If your local library doesn’t have it on their shelves, put in a request to add it to their inventory.

I can’t wait to hear what you think about The Skies Above. Please send me a tweet or tag me on Instagram @wxdam. Let your family, friends, and followers know about the book, too. It’s a great gift for everyone.

Our skies are full of wonder on even the calmest day. Never stop looking up—you never know what you’ll see when you gaze at the skies above.

As always, thank you for reading.


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I graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2014 with a degree in political science and a minor in meteorology. I contribute to The Weather Network as a digital writer, and I've written for Forbes, the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang, Popular Science, Mental Floss, and Gawker's The Vane. My latest book, The Skies Above, is now available. My first book, The Extreme Weather Survival Manual, arrived in October 2015.