The Atmosphere An Introduction to Meteorology

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  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-31
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For introductory meteorology courses.


Provide the perfect storm of rich media and active learning tools
The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology
remains the definitive introductory meteorology text, reinforcing basic concepts with easy-to-grasp, everyday examples. Authors Tarbuck and Lutgens present meteorology with a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa.


The 14th Edition includes a new, easier-to-navigate design, and a more reader-oriented approach that provides a clear learning path throughout the text. New pedagogical improvements, including pull quotes that act as guideposts, end-of-chapter questions and problems, and online exercises and activities, are available in Mastering™ Meteorology to help readers understand the processes that control our weather and apply this information in their daily lives.


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Author Biography

Fred Lutgens received his BS and MS from Illinois State University. Ed Tarbuck received his BS from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his MA from Indiana University. Both are professors emeriti from Illinois Central College. They have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Joining Lutgens and Tarbuck for the first time in the 14th edition is Redina Herman who received her PhD from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Between them, they have more than 60 years of experience teaching geoscience to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors.


Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its 15th edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, renowned geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than 30 projects as the dominant author team franchise in the physical geosciences.


Redina Herman has a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching introductory and advanced meteorology courses for 15 years. Redina is involved in science education research and won the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences award for Teaching with Technology. Redina is also Western Illinois University’s representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which runs the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). She adds a great deal of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to the team.

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. Midlatitude Cyclones

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


Appendix A: Metric Units

Appendix B: Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map

Appendix C: Relative Humidity and Dew-Point Tables

Appendix D: Laws Relating to Gases

Appendix E: Newton’s Laws, Pressure--Gradient Force, and Coriolis Force

Appendix F: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale

Appendix G: Climate Data

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