While one cannot do much about the weather, by learning to read and understand changes in weather patterns and what those changes mean, one can experience the vast difference between reaction and reliable preparedness. Often, that differencealone may determine the margin of comfort and safety that separates disaster from adventure. Basic illustrated Weather Forecasting table of contents include: Predict and recognize shifts in weather patterns. Understand how and why different types of weather occur. Identify cloud formations and know what they mean. Observ variations in geography and how they affect the weather. Develop weather awareness from basic meteorological concepts.