9780130879578

Atmosphere : An Introduction to Meteorology

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  • ISBN13:

    9780130879578

  • ISBN10:

    0130879576

  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 7/1/2000
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL
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Summary

Using everyday, easy-to-grasp examples to reinforce basic concepts, this highly regarded handbook remains the standard introduction to meteorology and the atmosphere - components, problems, and applications. Includes the most up-to-date coverage of topics such as: ozone depletion; the ultraviolet index; temperature; dew point temperature and orographic effects; wildfires and weather; thunderstorms and lightning; the record-breaking Florida hurricane season; effects of air pollution, and more. Incorporates top-quality visuals, including new satellite images and illustrations by the award-winning Dennis Tasa, to demonstrate the highly visual nature of meteorology. Uses a largely non-technical writing style to help readers grasp important concepts. For those interested in learning more about meteorology.

Table of Contents

Preface x
Introduction to the Atmosphere
1(26)
Heating Earth's Surface and Atmosphere
27(29)
Temperature
56(30)
Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
86(32)
Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
118(38)
Air Pressure and Winds
156(28)
Circulation of the Atmosphere
184(36)
Air Masses
220(16)
Weather Patterns
236(32)
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
268(31)
Hurricanes
299(20)
Weather Analysis and Forecasting
319(28)
Air Pollution
347(20)
The Changing Climate
367(23)
World Climates
390(41)
Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere
431(16)
Appendix A Metric Units 447(3)
Appendix B Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map 450(7)
Appendix C Relative Humidity and Dew Point Tables 457(2)
Appendix D Correcting Mercurial Barometer Readings 459(5)
Appendix E Laws Relating to Gases 464(2)
Appendix F Climate Data 466(5)
Glossary 471(10)
Index 481

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