Walker, Gabrielle. An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere.(Mariner 2008). 

We don’t just live in the air; we live because of it. It’s the most miraculous substance on earth, responsible for our food, our weather, our water, and our ability to hear. In this exuberant book, Gabrielle Walker peels back the layers of our atmosphere with the stories of the people who uncovered its secrets.  University professors have suggested this book as supplemental reading in atmospheric science courses. 

See recommendations under “Ice” for two more books by, and information about, Gabrielle Walker.


Emanuel, KerryDivine Wind (Oxford University Press, 2005).

Kerry Emanuel, one of the world's leading authorities on hurricanes, gives us an engaging account of these awe-inspiring meteorological events, revealing how hurricanes and typhoons have literally altered human history. Offering an account of the physics of the tropical atmosphere, the author explains how benign climates give rise to the most powerful storms in the world and tells what modern science has learned about them. Interwoven with this scientific account are descriptions of some of the most important hurricanes in history and relevant works of art and literature. Boasting more than one hundred color illustrations, from ultra-modern Doppler imagery to classic paintings by Winslow Homer, Divine Wind captures the profound effects that hurricanes have had on humanity.

Kerry Emanuel has several interesting videos on his website.