Overview of the Earth's Atmosphere Composition of the Atmosphere The Early Atmosphere Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere A Brief Look at Air Pressure and Air Density Layers of the Atmosphere Focus on Instruments: The Radiosonde The Ionosphere The Ozone Dilemma in the Stratosphere Weather and Climate Focus on a Special Topic: The Ozone Hole A Satellite's View of the Weather Storms of all Sizes A Look at a Weather Map Weather and Climate in Our Lives Focus on a Special Topic: Meteorology-A Brief History Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 2 Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere
Temperature and Heat Transfer Temperature Scales Latent Heat-the Hidden Warmth Conduction Convection Radiation Focus on a Special Topic: Rising Air Cools and Sinking Air Warms Balancing Act-Absorption, Emission, and Equilibrium Focus on a Special Topic: Sun Burning and UV Rays Selective Absorbers and the Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Enhancement of the Greenhouse Effect Warming the Air from Below Incoming Solar Energy The Earth's Annual Energy Balance Why the Earth has Seasons Focus on an Observation: The Aurora-A Dazzling Light Show Seasons in the Northern Hemisphere Focus on an Issue: Is December 22 Really the First Day of Winter? Seasons in the Southern Hemisphere Local Seasonal Variations Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 3 Air Temperature
Daily Temperature Variations Daytime Warming Nighttime Cooling Focus on a Special Topic: Record High Temperatures Cold Air Near the Surface Focus on a Special Topic: Record Low Temperatures Protecting Crops from the Cold Night Air The Controls of Temperature Air Temperature Data Daily, Monthly, and Yearly Temperatures The Use of Temperature Data Air Temperature and Human Comfort Focus on an Observation: A Thousand Degrees and Freezing to Death Measuring Air Temperature Focus on Instruments: Thermometers Should be Read in the Shade Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 4 Humidity, Condensation, and Clouds
Circulation of Water in the Atmosphere Evaporation, Condensation, and Saturation Humidity Vapor Pressure Relative Humidity Relative Humidity and Dew Point Relative Humidity and Human Discomfort Measuring Humidity Focus on a Special Topic: Humid Air and Dry Air Do Not Weigh the Same Dew and Frost Fog Foggy Weather Clouds Classification of Clouds Focus on a Special Topic: Fog Dispersal Cloud Identification High Clouds Middle Clouds Low Clouds Clouds with Vertical Development Some Unusual Clouds Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 5 Cloud Development and Precipitation
Atmospheric Stability Determining Stability Stable Air Unstable Air Conditionally Unstable Air Cloud Development and Stability Convection and Clouds Topography and Clouds Precipitation Process Collision and Coalescence Process Ice-Crystal Process Cloud Seeding and Precipitation Precipitation in Clouds Focus on an Issue: Does Cloud Seeding Enhance Precipitation? Precipitation Types Rain Snow Focus on a Special Topic: Are Raindrops Tear-Shaped? Sleet and Freezing Rain Snow Grains and Snow Pellets Hail Focus on an Application: Aircraft Icing Measuring Precipitation Instruments Weather Radar and Precipitation Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 6 Air Pressure and Winds
Atmospheric Pressure Focus on a Special Topic: The Atmosphere Obeys the Gas Law Measuring Air Pressure Barometers Pressure Readings Surface and Upper-Air Charts Focus on a Special Topic: Isobaric Maps Why the Wind Blows Newton's Laws of Motion Forces That Influence the Wind Pressure Gradient Force Coriolis Force Wind Flow Aloft Geostrophic Wind Curved Winds Around Lows and Highs Focus on an Observation: Estimating Wind Direction and Pressure Patterns Aloft Surface Winds Focus on a Special Topic: Winds Aloft in the Southern Hemisphere Winds and Vertical Air Motions Measuring and Determining Winds The Influence of Prevailing Winds Focus on an Issue: Wind Power Wind Instruments Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 7 Atmospheric Circulations
Scales of Atmospheric Motion Eddies--Big and Small Local Wind Systems Thermal Circulations Focus on an Application: Eddies and ''Air Pockets'' Sea and Land Breezes Seasonally Changing Winds--the Monsoon Mountain and Valley Breezes Katabatic Winds Chinook (Foehn) Winds Focus on a Special Topic: Snow Eaters and Rapid Temperature Changes Santa Ana Winds Desert Winds Global Winds General Circulation of the Atmosphere Single-Cell Model Three-Cell Model Average Surface Winds and Pressure: The Real World The General Circulation and Precipitation Patterns Westerly Winds and the Jet Stream Global Wind Patterns and the Oceans Winds and Upwelling El Nino and the Southern Oscillation Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 8 Air Masses, Fronts, and Middle
Latitude Storms Air Masses Source Regions Classification Air Masses of North America cP (Continental Polar) and cA (Continental Arctic) Air Masses Focus on a Special Topic: Lake-effect Snows mP (Maritime Tropical) Air Masses cT (Continental Tropical) Air Masses Fronts Stationary Fronts Cold Fronts Warm Fronts Occluded Fronts Middle Latitude Cyclones Polar Front Theory Developing Cyclones and Anticyclones Focus on a Special Topic: Northeasters The Role of Convergence and Divergence Waves in the Westerlies Focus on a Special Topic: A Closer Look at Convergence and Divergence The Role of the Jet Stream Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 9 Weather Forecasting
Acquisition of Weather Information Weather Forecasting Tools Focus on a Special Topic: Watches and Warnings The Computer and Weather Forecasting The Use of Minicomputers Satellites and Weather Forecasting Methods of Weather Forecasting Accuracy and Skill in Weather Forecasting Predicting the Weather from Local Signs Weather Forecasting Using Surface Charts Focus on an Observation: TV Weathercasters-How Do They Do It? Determining the Movement of Weather Systems A Forecast for Six Cities Weather Forecast for Augusta, Georgia Rain or Snow for Washington, DC? Big Snow Storm for Chicago Mixed Bag of Weather for Memphis Cold Wave for Dallas Clear but Cold for Denver Summary Key Terms Review Questions World Wide Web Activities
Chapter 10 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
What are Thunderstorms? Ordinary (Air-mass) Thunderstorms Severe Thunderstorms The Gust Front and Microburst Supercell and Squall-line Thunderstorms The Dryline Floods and Flash Floods Focus on a Special Topic: Terrifying Flash Flood in the Big Thompson Canyon Mesoscale Convective Complexes
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