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Essentials of Meteorology

Essentials of Meteorology - 4th edition

Essentials of Meteorology - 4th edition

ISBN13: 9780534422646

ISBN10: 0534422640

Essentials of Meteorology by C. Donald Ahrens - ISBN 9780534422646
Edition: 4TH 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Co.
International: No
Essentials of Meteorology by C. Donald Ahrens - ISBN 9780534422646

ISBN13: 9780534422646

ISBN10: 0534422640

Edition: 4TH 05

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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. 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.


  • NEW! The ESSENTIALS OF METEOROLOGY art program has been significantly updated, with numerous new photos and figures. 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 4); a new figure describes the patterns of high- and low-pressure systems in the Southern Hemisphere (Chapter 6); and new art has been added to some of the FOCUS ON boxes (such as "A Closer Look at Convergence and Divergence, Chapter 8). In addition, all satellite imagery is now in color.
  • The author's balanced coverage conveys meteorological concepts in a visual and practical manner and provides students with a comprehensive background in basic meteorology.
  • Interspersed throughout the text, DID YOU KNOW sections highlight interesting weather facts and recent meteorological events. Topics include: the history of meteorology, temperatures in high atmosphere, sun burning and ultraviolet rays, gas laws, and atmospheric elevation.
  • In-text brief REVIEWS enable students to check their understanding of concepts before moving on.
  • A removable CLOUD CHART allows students to identify clouds wherever they go.
  • NEW! "Dust Storms on Mars" (Chapter7) and "Drylines" (Chapter 8) are the topics of two of several new FOCUS ON boxes, pedagogical elements that expand on material in the text. Some of these are now entitled FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT to better reflect their environmental emphasis. FOCUS ON boxes throughout the book have been updated where applicable and continue to emphasis one of four categories: observations, special topics, environmental issues, and advanced topics.
  • NEW! The author has included several new WEATHER WATCH boxes, most focusing on recent weather events. At least one new box of this type has been added in almost every chapter to provide additional information on exciting weather phenomena.
  • NEW! Many textual discussions have been updated to reflect the most recent advances in the atmospheric sciences. In particular, the section on Measuring Air Temperature (Chapter 3), has been extensively revised to reflect the significant changes that have taken place recently in measuring devices. 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 4).
  • NEW! Chapter 7 includes a new section on the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) as well as added material on jet stream turbulence, a new section on nor'easters and expanded coverage of jet streams and surface storms. Chapter 9 has updated material on various types of forecasting, and Chapter 10 features a new section on supercell tornadoes and non-supercell tornadoes, plus information on positive lightning.
  • NEW! Chapter 12 presents the latest material on National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the Air Quality Index. Chapter 14 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! METEOROLOGYNOW, the first assessment-driven and student-centered tutorial created for the meteorology market, is completely INTEGRATED with the text! This dynamic resource and the new edition were developed in concert to enhance one other to provide students with a seamless, integrated way to achieve concept mastery. As students read through the text, they will see icons directing them to the media-enhanced activities in MeteorologyNow. MeteorologyNow offers a pre- and post-assessment as well as a personalized learning plan, focusing each student's study time on specific concepts weaknesses. This flexible tutorial system, combined with precise page-by-page integration of interactivities, enables students to become a part of the action.
  • 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.
  • InfoTrac College Edition, an online reference library containing full-text articles from thousands of periodicals, is available with every new copy of the text. Included in this selection of journals is WEATHERWISE, America's only magazine about the weather.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. The Earth's Atmosphere.

2. Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere.

3. Humidity, Condensation, and Clouds.

5. Cloud Development and Precipitation.

6. Air Pressure and Winds.

7. Atmospheric Circulations.

8. Air Masses, Fronts, and Middle-Latitude Cyclones.

9. Weather Forecasting.

10. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.

11. Hurricanes.

12. Air Pollution.

13. Global Climate.

14. Climate Change.

15. Light, Color, and Atmospheric Optics.

Appendix A: Units, Conversions, Abbreviations, and Equations.

Appendix B: Equations and Constants.

Appendix C: Weather Symbols and the Station Model.

Appendix D: Humidity and Dew-Point Tables (Psychromatic Tables).

Appendix E: Köppen's Climatic Classification System.

Appendix F: Heat Index (HI) Table.

Appendix G. Beaufort Wind Scale (Overland).

Appendix H: Standard Atmosphere.

Additional Reading Material.