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Essentials of Meteorology (with MeteorologyNOW and InfoTrac)



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This is the 4th edition with a publication date of 8/3/2004.
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This updated and enhanced Fourth Edition of ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY is written by the most widely read, trusted author in introductory meteorology. Ahrens' ability to explain relatively complicated ideas in a student-friendly, manageable fashion allows even non-science students to visualize the principles of meteorology. Introductory stories at the beginning of each chapter draw students naturally into the discussion while "Did You Know?" sections highlight interesting weather facts and recent meteorological events. Updated material in this edition includes new Weather Watch and Focus boxes, as well as updated art, maps, and figures. The package of teaching and learning tools to accompany this text will now include course management, and a FREE, brand-new, student tutorial system - MeteorologyNow. MeteorologyNow is Web-based, assessment-driven, completely flexible, and contains a wealth of book-specific interactivities. It also offers a personalized learning plan based on each student's assessment results, helping the student focus on the concepts they don't yet understand. This complete teaching package provides each student with fun, interactive learning opportunities and an even greater chance for success.

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
Air Temperature
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
Foggy Weather
Cloud Development And Precipitation
Atmospheric Stability
Determining Stability
Cloud Development and Stability
Precipitation Processes
Precipitation Types
Measuring Precipitation
Air Pressure And Winds
Atmospheric Pressure
Measuring Air Pressure
Surface and Upper-Air Charts
Why the Wind Blows
Surface Winds
Winds and Vertical Air Motions
Measuring and Determining Winds
Atmospheric Circulations
Scale of Atmospheric Motion
Eddies-Big and Small
Local Wind Systems
Global Winds
Global Wind Patterns and the Oceans
Air Masses, Fronts, And Middle-Latitude Cyclones
Air Masses
Middle-Latitude Cyclones
Weather Forecasting
Acquisition of Weather Information
Weather Forecasting Methods
Weather Forecasting Using Surface Charts
Thunderstorms And Tornadoes
Severe Weather and Doppler Radar
Tropical Weather
Anatomy of a Hurricane
Hurricane Formation and Dissipation
Naming Hurricanes
Air Pollution
A Brief History of Air Pollution
Types and Sources of Air Pollutants
Factors That Affect Air Pollution
Air Pollution and the Urban Environment
Acid Deposition
Global Climate
A World with Many Climates
Climatic Classification-The Koppen System
The Global Pattern of Climate
Climate Change
The Earth's Changing Climate
Possible Causes of Climatic Change
Global Warming
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)
Standard Atmosphere
Beaufort Wind Scale (Over Land)
Annual Global Pattern of Precipitation
Koppen's Climatic Classification System
Additional Reading Material
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