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Essentials of Meteorology (International Version) : An Invitation to the Atmosphere

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9780534381646

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0534381642
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Pub. Date:
11/30/2000
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Summary

This total learning package for the introductory meteorology course includes much more than a text--the book is packaged with the exciting Blue SkiesÍ CD-ROM. At the core of this learning package is Ahrens' respected text, which presents the fundamental concepts of meteorology in the context of everyday weather observations. Fun and easy to understand and relate to, the book and its cumulative organization enables students to build on each concept and gain greater understanding into the dynamic nature of the atmosphere.

Table of Contents

Preface xi
The Earth's Atmosphere
1(24)
Overview of the Earth's Atmosphere
2(5)
Composition of the Atmosphere
2(4)
The Early Atmosphere
6(1)
Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere
7(6)
A Brief Look at Air Pressure and Air Density
7(2)
Layers of the Atmosphere
9(2)
Focus on an Observation: The Radiosonde
11(1)
The Ionosphere
12(1)
Weather and Climate
13(8)
A Satellite's View of the Weather
13(1)
Storms of All Sizes
14(1)
A Look at a Weather Map
15(2)
Weather and Climate in Our Lives
17(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Meteorology---A Brief History
18(3)
Summary
21(1)
Key Terms
22(1)
Questions for Review
22(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
23(2)
Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere
25(28)
Temperature and Heat Transfer
26(8)
Temperature Scales
26(1)
Latent Heat---The Hidden Warmth
27(2)
Conduction
29(1)
Convention
29(2)
Radiation
31(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Rising Air Cools and Sinking Air Warms
31(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: Sun Burning and UV Rays
33(1)
Balancing Act---Absorption, Emission, and Equilibrium
34(5)
Selective Absorbers and the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect
35(2)
Enhancement of the Greenhouse Effect
37(1)
Warming the Air from Below
38(1)
Incoming Solar Energy
39(11)
Scattered and Reflected Light
39(1)
The Earth's Annual Energy Balance
40(2)
Why the Earth Has Seasons
42(1)
Focus on an Observation: The Aurora---A Dazzling Light Show
43(1)
Seasons in the Northern Hemisphere
44(4)
Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere
48(1)
Local Seasonal Variations
49(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Is December 21 Really the First Day of Winter?
49(1)
Summary
50(1)
Key Terms
50(1)
Questions for Review
51(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
51(2)
Air Temperature
53(22)
Daily Temperature Variations
54(6)
Daytime Warming
54(1)
Nighttime Cooling
55(1)
Cold Air Near the Surface
55(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Record High Temperatures
56(1)
Protecting Crops from the Cold Night Air
57(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Record Low Temperatures
58(2)
The Controls of Temperature
60(2)
Air Temperature Data
62(4)
Daily, Monthly, and Yearly Temperatures
62(2)
The Use of Temperature Data
64(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: When It Comes to Temperature, What's Normal?
64(2)
Air Temperature and Human Comfort
66(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: A Thousand Degrees and Freezing to Death
67(1)
Measuring Air Temperature
68(3)
Focus on an Observation: Thermometers Should Be Read in the Shade
70(1)
Summary
71(1)
Key Terms
71(1)
Questions for Review
72(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
72(3)
Humidity, Condensation, and Clouds
75(34)
Circulation of Water in the Atmosphere
76(1)
Evaporation, Condensation, and Saturation
76(2)
Humidity
78(8)
Vapor Pressure
78(1)
Relative Humidity
79(2)
Relative Humidity and Dew Point
81(1)
Relative Humidity and Human Discomfort
82(1)
Measuring Humidity
83(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: Humid Air and Dry Air Do Not Weight the Same
85(1)
Dew and Frost
86(1)
Fog
87(4)
Foggy Weather
91(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: Fog Dispersal
92(1)
Clouds
93(12)
Classification of Clouds
93(1)
Cloud Identification
94(1)
High Clouds
94(1)
Middle Clouds
94(2)
Low Clouds
96(2)
Clouds with Vertical Development
98(3)
Some Unusual Clouds
101(4)
Summary
105(1)
Key Terms
105(1)
Questions for Review
105(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
106(3)
Cloud Development and Precipitation
109(30)
Atmospheric Stability
110(1)
Determining Stability
111(4)
Stable Air
111(1)
Unstable Air
112(2)
Conditionally Unstable Air
114(1)
Cloud Development and Stability
115(4)
Convection and Clouds
115(2)
Topography and Clouds
117(2)
Precipitation Processes
119(7)
Collision and Coalescence Process
120(1)
Ice-Crystal Process
121(3)
Cloud Seeding and Precipitation
124(1)
Precipitation in Clouds
124(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Does Cloud Seeding Enhance Precipitation?
125(1)
Precipitation Types
126(6)
Rain
126(1)
Snow
127(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Are Raindrops Tear-Shaped?
127(2)
Sleet and Freezing Rain
129(1)
Focus on an Observation: Aircraft Icing
130(1)
Snow Grains and Snow Pellets
130(1)
Hail
131(1)
Measuring Precipitation
132(3)
Instruments
132(1)
Doppler Radar and Precipitation
133(2)
Summary
135(1)
Key Terms
135(1)
Questions for Review
135(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
136(3)
Air Pressure and Winds
139(26)
Atmospheric Pressure
140(1)
Measuring Air Pressure
141(5)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Atmosphere Obeys the Gas Law
142(1)
Barometers
142(2)
Pressure Readings
144(2)
Surface and Upper-Air Charts
146(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Isobaric Maps
147(1)
Why the Wind Blows
147(8)
Newton's Laws of Motion
147(1)
Forces That Influence the Wind
148(1)
Pressure Gradient Force
149(1)
Coriolis Force
150(1)
Straight-Line Flow Aloft
151(2)
Curved Winds Around Lows and Highs Aloft
153(1)
Winds on Upper-Level Charts
154(1)
Focus on an Observation: Winds Aloft in the Southern Hemisphere
154(1)
Surface Winds
155(1)
Focus on an Observation: Estimating Wind Direction and Pressure Patterns Aloft
156(1)
Winds and Vertical Air Motions
156(2)
Measuring and Determining Winds
158(4)
The Influence of Prevailing Winds
158(1)
Wind Instruments
159(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: Wind Power
161(1)
Summary
162(1)
Key Terms
162(1)
Questions for Review
162(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
163(2)
Atmospheric Circulations
165(32)
Scales of Atmospheric Motion
166(1)
Eddies---Big and Small
167(1)
Local Wind Systems
168(10)
Thermal Circulations
168(1)
Focus on an Observation: Eddies and ``Air Pockets''
169(1)
Sea and Land Breezes
170(1)
Seasonally Changing Winds---the Monsoon
171(2)
Mountain and Valley Breezes
173(1)
Katabatic Winds
174(1)
Chinook (Foehn) Winds
175(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Snow Eaters and Rapid Temperature Changes
175(1)
Santa Ana Winds
176(1)
Desert Winds
176(2)
Global Winds
178(9)
General Circulation of the Atmosphere
179(1)
Single-Cell Model
179(1)
Three-Cell Model
180(2)
Average Surface Winds and Pressure: The Real World
182(2)
The General Circulation and Precipitation Patterns
184(1)
Westerly Winds and the Jet Stream
185(2)
Global Wind Patterns and the Oceans
187(6)
Winds and Upwelling
189(1)
El Nino and the Southern Oscillation
190(3)
Summary
193(1)
Key Terms
194(1)
Questions for Review
194(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
195(2)
Air Masses, Fronts, and Middle-Latitude Cyclones
197(30)
Air Masses
198(10)
Source Regions
198(1)
Classification
199(1)
Air Masses of North America
199(1)
cP (Continental Polar) and cA (Continental Arctic) Air Masses
199(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Lake-Effect (Enhanced) Snows
200(2)
mP (Maritime Polar) Air Masses
202(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Return of the Siberian Express
203(2)
mT (Maritime Tropical) Air Masses
205(2)
cT (Continental Tropical) Air Masses
207(1)
Fronts
208(7)
Stationary Fronts
208(1)
Cold Fronts
208(3)
Warm Fronts
211(2)
Occluded Fronts
213(2)
Middle-Latitude Cyclones
215(9)
Polar Front Theory
215(3)
Where Do Mid-Latitude Cyclones Tend to Form?
218(1)
Developing Mid-Latitude Cyclones and Anticyclones
218(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Northeasters
219(2)
Jet Streams and Developing Mid-Latitude Cyclones
221(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: A Closer Look at Convergence and Divergence
221(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Waves in the Westerlies
222(2)
Summary
224(1)
Key Terms
224(1)
Questions for Review
224(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
225(2)
Weather Forecasting
227(26)
Acquisition of Weather Information
228(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Watches, Warnings, and Advisories
229(1)
Weather Forecasting Methods and Tools
229(15)
The Computer and Weather Forecasting: Numerical Weather Prediction
230(1)
Why Forecasts Go Awry
230(2)
Tools for Forecasting the Weather
232(1)
Satellites and Weather Forecasting
233(4)
Other Forecasting Methods
237(3)
Accuracy and Skill in Weather Forecasting
240(1)
Focus on an Observation: TV Weathercasters---How Do They Do It?
241(1)
Predicting the Weather from Local Signs
242(2)
Weather Forecasting Using Surface Charts
244(5)
Determining the Movement of Weather Systems
244(1)
A Forecast for Six Cities
245(1)
Weather Forecast for Augusta, Georgia
246(1)
Rain or Snow for Washington, D.C?
246(1)
Big Snowstorm for Chicago
247(1)
Mixed Bag of Weather for Memphis
247(1)
Cold Wave for Dallas
248(1)
Clear but Cold for Denver
248(1)
Summary
249(1)
Key Terms
249(1)
Questions for Review
250(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
250(3)
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
253(36)
What Are Thunderstorms?
254(1)
Ordinary (Air-Mass) Thunderstorms
254(2)
Severe Thunderstorms
256(7)
The Gust Front and Microburst
257(3)
Supercell and Squall-Line Thunderstorms
260(2)
Severe Thunderstorms and the Dryline
262(1)
Mesoscale Convective Complexes
263(1)
Floods and Flash Floods
264(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Terrifying Flash Flood in the Big Thompson Canyon
265(1)
Distribution of Thunderstorms
265(2)
Lightning and Thunder
267(6)
Electrification of Clouds
267(1)
The Lightning Stroke
268(3)
Lightning Detection and Suppression
271(1)
Focus on an Observation: Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree
272(1)
Tornadoes
273(9)
Tornado Occurrence
274(1)
Tornado Winds
275(2)
Tornado Formation
277(3)
Observing Tornadoes
280(2)
Focus on an Observation: Thunderstorm Rotation
282(1)
Severe Weather and Doppler Radar
282(2)
Waterspouts
284(1)
Summary
285(1)
Key Terms
286(1)
Questions for Review
286(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
286(3)
Hurricanes
289(24)
Tropical Weather
290(1)
Anatomy of a Hurricane
290(3)
Hurricane Formation and Dissipation
293(14)
Hurricane Stages of Development
296(1)
Hurricane Movement
297(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: How Do Hurricanes Compare with Middle-Latitude Storms?
298(2)
Destruction and Warning
300(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: Modifying Hurricanes
302(5)
Naming Hurricanes
307(2)
Summary
309(1)
Key Terms
309(1)
Questions for Review
309(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
310(3)
Air Pollution
313(26)
A Brief History of Air Pollution
314(1)
Types and Sources of Air Pollutants
315(11)
Principal Air Pollutants
316(3)
Ozone in the Troposphere
319(2)
Ozone in the Stratosphere
321(2)
Air Pollution: Trends and Patterns
323(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Ozone Hole
324(2)
Factors That Affect Air Pollution
326(4)
The Role of the Wind
326(1)
The Role of Stability and Inversions
327(71)
Focus on an Observation: Smokestack Plumes
398
The Role of Topography
329(1)
Severe Air Pollution Potential
330(1)
Air Pollution and the Urban Environment
330(3)
Focus on an Observation: Five Days in Donora---An Air Pollution Episode
331(2)
Acid Deposition
333(2)
Summary
335(1)
Key Terms
336(1)
Questions for Review
336(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
337(2)
Global Climate
339(32)
A World with Many Climates
340(6)
Global Temperatures
340(1)
Global Precipitation
341(5)
Focus on a Special Topic: Precipitation Extremes
346(1)
Climatic Classification---The Koppen System
346(3)
The Global Pattern of Climate
349(18)
Tropical Moist Climates (Group A)
349(4)
Dry Climates (Group B)
353(3)
Moist Subtropical Mid-Latitude Climates (Group C)
356(2)
Focus on a Special Topic: A Desert with Clouds and Drizzle
358(3)
Moist Continental Climates (Group D)
361(3)
Polar Climates (Group E)
364(1)
Highland Climates (Group H)
365(2)
Summary
367(1)
Key Terms
367(1)
Questions for Review
368(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
368(3)
Climate Change
371(28)
The Earth's Changing Climate
372(4)
Determining Past Climates
372(2)
Climate through the Ages
374(1)
Climate during the Last 1000 Years
375(1)
Possible Causes of Climatic Change
376(11)
Climate Change and Feedback Mechanisms
376(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Greenhouse Effect on Venus
377(1)
Climate Change, Plate Tectonics, and Mountain-Building
378(2)
Climate Change and Variations in the Earth's Orbit
380(2)
Climate Change and Atmospheric Particles
382(1)
Aerosols in the Troposphere
382(1)
Volcanic Eruptions and Aerosols in the Stratosphere
383(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: Nuclear Winter, Cold Summers, and Dead Dinosaurs
384(2)
Climate Change and Variations in Solar Output
386(1)
Carbon Dioxide, the Greenhouse Effect, and Recent Global Warming
387(9)
Oceans, Clouds, and Global Warming
388(1)
Possible Consequences of Global Warming
389(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Ocean Conveyer Belt and Climate Change
390(2)
Is the Warming Real?
392(2)
In Perspective
394(1)
Focus on a Special Topic: The Sahel---An Example of Climatic Variability and Human Existence
395(1)
Summary
396(1)
Key Terms
396(1)
Questions for Review
396(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
397(2)
Light, Color, and Atmospheric Optics
399(22)
White and Colors
400(1)
White Clouds and Scattered Light
400(1)
Blue Skies and Hazy Days
401(3)
Red Suns and Blue Moons
404(1)
Twinkling, Twilight, and the Green Flash
405(3)
The Mirage: Seeing Is Not Believing
408(3)
Focus on an Observation: The Fata Morgana
410(1)
Halos, Sundogs, and Sun Pillars
411(2)
Rainbows
413(3)
Coronas and Cloud Iridescence
416(3)
Focus on an Observation: Glories and the Heiligenschein
418(1)
Summary
419(1)
Key Terms
419(1)
Questions for Review
419(1)
Questions for Thought and Exploration
420(1)
Appendix A Units, Conversions, Abbreviations, and Equations 421(3)
Appendix B Equations and Constants 424(3)
Appendix C Weather Symbols and the Station Model 427(2)
Appendix D Humidity and Dew-Point Tables (Psychromatic Tables) 429(4)
Appendix E Koppen's Climatic Classification System 433(1)
Appendix F Heat Index (HI) Table 434(1)
Appendix G Beaufort Wind Scale (Overland) 435(1)
Appendix H Standard Atmosphere 436(1)
Additional Reading Material 437(3)
Glossary 440(15)
Index 455(10)
Credits 465


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