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This updated and enhanced Fifth Edition of ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is written by the widely read and authoritative author in introductory meteorology-Donald Ahrens. Ahrens's ability to explain relatively complicated ideas in a student-friendly, manageable fashion will allow you to easily visualize the principles of meteorology. ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is completely updated with over 250 new images and figures and the latest research and coverage. This new edition is accompanied by a self-paced tutorial system--ThomsonNOW for ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY. ThomsonNOW is Web-based, assessment-driven, completely flexible, and contains a wealth of book-specific interactivities. It offers a personalized study plan based on your assessment results, helping you focus on the concepts you don't yet understand.
Table of Contents
|The Earth's Atmosphere|
|Overview of the Earth's Atmosphere|
|Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere|
|Weather and Climate|
|Warming The Earth And The Atmosphere|
|Temperature and Heat Transfer|
|Balancing Act-Absorption, Emission, and Equilibrium|
|Incoming Solar Energy|
|Daily Temperature Variations|
|The Controls of Temperature|
|Air Temperature Data|
|Measuring Air Temperature|
|Humidity, Condensation, And Clouds|
|Circulation of Water in the Atmosphere|
|Evaporation, Condensation, and Saturation|
|Dew and Frost|
|Cloud Development And Precipitation|
|Cloud Development and Stability|
|Air Pressure And Winds|
|Measuring Air Pressure|
|Surface and Upper-Air Charts|
|Why the Wind Blows|
|Winds and Vertical Air Motions|
|Measuring and Determining Winds|
|Scale of Atmospheric Motion|
|Eddies-Big and Small|
|Local Wind Systems|
|Global Wind Patterns and the Oceans|
|Air Masses, Fronts, And Middle-Latitude Cyclones|
|Acquisition of Weather Information|
|Weather Forecasting Methods|
|Weather Forecasting Using Surface Charts|
|Thunderstorms And Tornadoes|
|Severe Weather and Doppler Radar|
|Anatomy of a Hurricane|
|Hurricane Formation and Dissipation|
|A Brief History of Air Pollution|
|Types and Sources of Air Pollutants|
|Factors That Affect Air Pollution|
|Air Pollution and the Urban Environment|
|A World with Many Climates|
|Climatic Classification-The Koppen System|
|The Global Pattern of Climate|
|The Earth's Changing Climate|
|Possible Causes of Climatic Change|
|Light, Color, And Atmospheric Optics|
|White and Colors|
|White Clouds and Scattered Light|
|Blue Skies and Hazy Days|
|Red Suns and Blue Moons|
|Twinkling, Twilight, and the Green Flash|
|The Mirage: Seeing is Not Believing|
|Halos, Sundogs, and Sun Pillars|
|Coronas and Cloud Iridescence|
|Units, Conversions, Abbreviations, and Equations|
|Equations and Constants|
|Weather Symbols and the Station Model|
|Humidity and Dew-Point Tables (Psychromatic Tables)|
|Beaufort Wind Scale (Over Land)|
|Annual Global Pattern of Precipitation|
|Koppen's Climatic Classification System|
|Additional Reading Material|
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