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30-Second Weather : 50 Most Significant Phenomena and Events, Each Explained in Half a Minute - Adam Scaife

30-Second Weather

50 Most Significant Phenomena and Events, Each Explained in Half a Minute

Paperback Published: 1st April 2019
ISBN: 9781782407546
Number Of Pages: 160

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If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book - to make sense of the science behind the seeming vagaries of the weather, the controversies, predictions and forecasts for climate change that shape our day-to-day experiences of the great outdoors.

Ever since Aristotle first tried to explain the forces that seem to fall from the heavens, meteorology has opened up the study of weather, and caused disputes over the reasons why seasons change, where precipitation falls, why winds blow and when the sun shines. From halcyon days to hurricanes, supercells to silver linings, global warming to giant hailstones, here is the ultimate guide to a near-universal preoccupation: what's the weather like?

About the Author

Professor Adam Scaife is head of Monthly to Decadal Prediction at the UK Met Office and honorary visiting Professor at Exeter University. He investigates mechanisms and predictability of weather and climate and has over 20 years experience in modelling the atmosphere with computer models. He has published around 100 scientific papers in leading journals and his recent studies include exciting new evidence for long range predictability of winter weather.

His work has helped understand how the freezing European winters of the 1960s gave way to the mild, wet winters of the 1990s and how other effects like El NiƱo and solar variability affect our climate. Professor Scaife was recently awarded the Lloyd's of London Science of Risk Research Prize for Climate Change research and the L.G. Groves prize for Meteorology. He regularly communicates the latest meteorological science to the public via television, newspapers and other media.

8 Introduction
12 The Elements
14 GLOSSARY

16 Air
18 Layers of the atmosphere
20 Seasons
22 Clouds
24 Rain
26 Frost
28 Snow
30 Hail
32 Fog
34 Profile: Lewis Fry Richardson
36 Pressure, isobars, cyclones and anticyclones
38 Coriolis Force
40 Wind: atmospheric balance
42 Local winds
44 The Global Atmosphere
46 GLOSSARY

48 Air masses and weather fronts
50 Jet streams
52 Storm tracks
54 Atmospheric waves
56 Profile: Carl-Gustaf Rossby
58 Blocking, heatwaves and cold snaps
60 Hadley circulation and deserts
62 Trade winds
64 Rainy seasons
66 Monsoons
68 Polar vortex
70 The Sun
72 GLOSSARY

74 Blue sky
76 Sunshine
78 Rainbows
80 Mirages, sundogs and haloes
82 Sunspots and climate
84 Profile: Gilbert Walker
86 Space weather
88 Weather Watching & Forecasting
90 GLOSSARY

92 Weather records
94 Profile: Jule Charney
96 Weather satellites and radar
98 Weather forecasting
100 Chaos
102 Climate prediction
104 Can We Change the Weather?
106 GLOSSARY

108 The ozone hole
110 Global warming and the greenhouse effect
112 Profile: Svante Arrhenius
114 Acid rain and atmospheric pollution
116 Contrails118 Weather Cycles
120 GLOSSARY

122 Madden Julian oscillation
124 El Nio and La Nia
126 North Atlantic oscillation
128 Quasi-biennial oscillation
130 Pacific decadal oscillation
132 Atlantic multidecadal oscillation
134 Past climates and the Little Ice Age
136 Milankovitch cycles
138 Profile: Milutin Milankovic
140 Extreme Weather
142 GLOSSARY

144 Thunderstorms and lightning
146 Hurricanes and typhoons
148 Tornadoes
150 Sudden stratospheric warming
152 Profile: Edward Lorenz
154 Notes on Contributors
156 Resources
158 Index
160 Acknowledgments

ISBN: 9781782407546
ISBN-10: 1782407545
Series: 30 Second
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st April 2019
Publisher: The Ivy Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.31

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