Field Weather Forecasting

Why weather? Why would we dedicate an issue of the Wilderness Medicine Newsletter to weather? Simply because of the dramatic impact weather can have on our and our patient’s health and survival. Weather forecasting is not a science but an art. There are an infinite number of variables that can make up a forecast. There are, however, some basic principles that make it possible to create short-range forecasts. Understanding these basic principles make it possible to spot dangerous weather, often with enough warning to seek safety.

January/February 2003    ISSN-1059-6518   Volume 16 Number 1

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