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Meteorology Today : An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment / With CD-ROM

Meteorology Today : An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment / With CD-ROM - 7th edition

ISBN13: 978-0534397715

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ISBN13: 978-0534397715
ISBN10: 0534397719
Edition: 7TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2003
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Meteorology Today : An Introduction to Weather, Climate, and the Environment / With CD-ROM - 7TH 03 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534397715

C. Donald Ahrens

ISBN13: 978-0534397715
ISBN10: 0534397719
Edition: 7TH 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

METEOROLOGY TODAY has for many years been one of the most widely used and authoritative texts for the introductory meteorology course. Each edition is extensively reviewed by leading researchers in the field to ensure that the text remains completely up-to-date and reflects today's current understanding of meteorological concepts. Author Donald Ahrens has been widely praised for his ability to explain relatively complicated ideas so that even under-prepared students can understand them. The text's clear and inviting presentation is supplemented by numerous pedagogical features that help augment students' understanding. Introductory stories found at the beginning of each chapter draws students naturally into the discussion. In-chapter reviews then help students to consolidate their understanding as they read, while four types of end-of-chapter exercises provide opportunities for everything from further review to in-class discussion questions. Graphics are carefully designed and subsequently refined so that the key ideas clearly emerge. Many of the photos in the book are taken by the author and provide unmatched images of dramatic weather phenomena. A unique and popular feature over this title's seven editions has been the foldout cloud chart at the back of the book. A wealth of online resources accompanies METEOROLOGY TODAY, SEVENTH EDITION, allowing professors to integrate striking and illuminative interactive weather exercises into their course. Many of the exercises on the BLUE SKIES CD-ROM packaged FREE with each new copy of the text are tied to downloadable real-time weather data, offering instructors an easy way to bring the exploration of current weather events into the course discussion.

Benefits:

  • NEW! Completely updated and revised throughout, the text includes new material on greenhouse gases (Chapter 2), the latest information on wind chill and on devices for measuring air temperature (Chapter 3), current material on dew-point temperature and heat-related maladies, and expanded coverage of dew-point computation (Chapter 5).
  • NEW! Every new copy of the text includes four months of FREE access to InfoTrac® College Edition, an online library of almost 4,000 periodicals.
  • A superior technology package is seamlessly integrated with the text, and a wealth of online resources further enable you to incorporate striking interactive weather exercises into your course. "Questions for Exploration" exercises using the FREE Blue Skies College Edition CD-ROM appear at the end of each chapter. Many of the exercises on the CD-ROM are tied to downloadable real-time weather data, offering an easy way for students to explore current weather events.
  • The balanced coverage conveys meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner, and provides students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology.
  • Rich chapter pedagogy starts with introductory stories at the beginning of each chapter that draw students into the discussion. In-chapter reviews then help students check their understanding as they read, while four types of end-of-chapter exercises provide opportunities for everything from further review to in-class discussion questions.
  • A removable Cloud Chart allows students to identify clouds wherever they go.
  • To help you save time preparing for class, ready-to-use Microsoft® PowerPoint® lectures accompany this edition of the text.
  • The ultimate presentation tool, Multimedia Manager CD-ROM, has text illustrations and photos in PowerPoint that can be manipulated and enlarged so only a portion is shown for in-class lectures.
  • NEW! Chapter 11 includes a new section on the Pacific Decadel Oscillation (PDO) and added material on jet stream turbulence.
  • NEW! Chapter 13 features a new section on nor-easters and expanded coverage of jet streams and surface storms.
  • NEW! Chapter 14 has updated material on various types of forecasting, and Chapter 15 features a new section on supercell tornadoes and non-supercell tornadoes, plus information on positive lightning.
  • NEW! Chapter 17 presents the latest material on National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the Air Quality Index.
  • NEW! Chapter 19 contains the most up-to-date information on temperature and climate change, including the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) Third Assessment Report (TAR), released in 2001.
  • NEW! The art program has been significantly updated, with over 60 new photos and more than 80 new and revised figures that clarify key ideas. Many of the photos, taken by the author, provide unmatched images of dramatic weather phenomena. New maps display seasonal differences in dew-point temperatures in North America (Chapter 5); a new figure describes the patterns of high- and low-pressure systems in the Southern Hemisphere. In addition, all satellite imagery is now in color.
  • NEW! "Dust Storms on Mars" (Chapter 10), "Drylines" (Chapter 12), and the June 2001 "Tropical Storm Allison" (Chapter 16) are topics of three of several new "Focus" boxes, special sections that expand on material in the text. Some boxes are now entitled "Focus on an Environmental Issue" to better reflect their new content. Many others have been updated with new material and new art, e.g., "A Closer Look at Convergence and Divergence" in Chapter 13.
  • NEW! Many "Weather Watch" boxes have been rewritten and updated. The easy-to-follow format in these boxes provides additional information on exciting weather phenomena.

Author Bio

Ahrens, C. Donald : Modesto Junior College

Table of Contents

1. THE EARTH AND ITS ATMOSPHERE. Overview of the Earth's Atmosphere. Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere. Weather and Climate.

2. ENERGY: WARMING THE EARTH AND THE ATMOSPHERE. Energy, Temperature, and Heat. Heat Transfer in the Atmosphere. Radiation. Balancing Act--Absorption, Emission, and Equilibrium. Incoming Solar Energy.

3. SEASONAL AND DAILY TEMPERATURES. Why the Earth Has Seasons. Local Seasonal Variations. Daily Temperature Variations. The Controls of Temperature. Air Temperature Data. Air Temperature and Human Comfort. Measuring Air Temperature.

4. 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. Rainbows. Coronas, Glories, and Heiligenschein.

5. ATMOSPHERIC MOISTURE. Water in the Atmosphere. Absolute Humidity. Specific Humidity and Mixing Ratio. Vapor Pressure. Relative Humidity.

6. CONDENSATION: DEW, FOG, AND CLOUDS. The Formation of Dew and Frost. Condensation Nuclei. Haze. Fog. Foggy Weather. Clouds.

7. STABILITY AND CLOUD DEVELOPMENT. Atmospheric Stability. Determining Stability. Cloud Development.

8. PRECIPITATION. Precipitation Processes. Precipitation Types. Measuring Precipitation.

9. THE ATMOSPHERE IN MOTION: AIR PRESSURE, FORCES, AND WINDS. Atmospheric Pressure. Surface and Upper-Level Charts. Newton's Laws of Motion. Forces that Influence the Winds. Winds and Vertical Air Motions.

10. WIND: SMALL-SCALE AND LOCAL SYSTEMS. Small-Scale Winds Interacting with the Environment. Determining Wind Direction and Speed. Local Wind Systems.

11. WIND: GLOBAL SYSTEMS. General Circulation of the Atmosphere. Jet Streams. Atmosphere-Ocean Interactions. El Niño and the Southern Oscillation. Other Temperature Fluctuations and Climate Patterns.

12. AIR MASSES AND FRONTS. Air Masses. Fronts.

13. MIDDLE LATITUDE CYCLONES. Polar Front Theory. Where Do Mid-Latitude Cyclones Tend to Form? Vertical Structure of Deep Pressure Systems. Upper Level Waves and Surface Storms. The Necessary Ingredients for a Developing Wave Cyclone. Polar Lows. Vorticity, Divergence, and Developing Storm Systems.

14. WEATHER FORECASTING. Acquisition of Weather Information. Weather Forecasting Methods. Predicting the Weather from Local Signs. Weather Forecasting Using Surface Charts. A Meteorologist Makes a Prediction.

15. THUNDERSTORMS AND TORNADOES. Thunderstorms. Tornadoes. Severe Weather and Doppler Radar. Waterspouts.

16. HURRICANES. Tropical Weather. Anatomy of a Hurricane. Hurricane Formation and Dissipation. Naming Hurricanes.

17. 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.

18. GLOBAL CLIMATE. A World with Many Climates. Climatic Classification. The Global Pattern of Climate.

19. CLIMATE CHANGE. The Earth's Changing Climate. Possible Causes of Climatic Change. Global Warming. Appendix A. Units, Conversions, Abbreviations, and Equations. Appendix B. Weather Symbols and the Station Model. Appendix C. Beaufort Wind Scale. Appendix D. Humidity and Dew-Point Tables. Appendix E. Instant Weather Forecast Chart. Appendix F. Changing GMT and UTC to Local Time. Appendix G. Heat Index (HI) Table. Appendix H. Standard Atmosphere.

Appendix I. Hurricane Tracking Chart.
Appendix J. Adiabatic Chart.
Appendix K. Köppen Climatic Classification System.
Appendix L. Annual Global Pattern of Precipitation.
Appendix M. Climatic Data for Cities Throughout the World.

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