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
1. Introduction to the Atmosphere. 2. Heating Earth's Surface and Atmosphere. 3. Temperature. 4. Moisture and Atmospheric Stability. 5. Forms of Condensation and Precipitation. 6. Air Pressure and Winds. 7. Circulation of the Atmosphere. 8. Air Masses. 9. Weather Patterns. 10. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes. 11. Hurricanes. 12. Weather Analysis and Forecasting. 13. Air Pollution. 14. The Changing Climate. 15. World Climates. 16. Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere.