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Understanding Weather - Karel Hughes

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780340806111
Number Of Pages: 188

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Weather provides a wide variety of stimuli for our senses. The sound of thunder and gales, the smell of damp soil at the start of a summer thunderstorm are but temporary phenomena while the visual panorama of the changing sky that provides a more revealing insight into the workings of the dynamic atmosphere.

Understanding Weather shows how it is possible to understand weather and climate by combining our ability to observe weather systems from the earth's surface with visualisation from above - notably by means of satellite imagery. This fusion of human observation with the contrasting capabilities of remote sensing gives us a new perspective for exploring the three dimensional atmosphere. Remote sensing imagery and real-time weather information are now widely available through the internet, allowing the reader to relate the case studies to today's weather situation.

As with all sciences, understanding starts with careful observation. This books aims to show that it is possible to analyse global weather systems through a visual approach rather than the traditional use of mathematics and physics. After examining the interaction of atmospheric heat, moisture and motion in a non-technical style, the contrasting but complementary techniques of weather observation from 'below' and 'above' are compared. The world's climates are then surveyed with key weather features illustrated by satellite imagery, highlighting the way in which weather events may develop into atmospheric hazards.

The use of satellite imagery to support the text is very good. Overall it is a very accessible text that I'm sure students will have no problem getting to grips with. -- C. Holt, University College Northampton 20040623 It adopts a slightly different approach to the subject, which I found refreshing. -- Sevenoaks Chronicle 20041216

List of boxesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Heat and moisture in the atmospherep. 1
Understanding the atmosphere: a visual approachp. 1
The three-dimensional atmospherep. 3
Energy in the atmospherep. 5
Rates of warming at the surface of the Earthp. 11
Effects of temperature changes--stability and instabilityp. 12
From cloud droplets to raindropsp. 21
Forms of precipitationp. 22
The fohn effect--a local influence upon cloud and rainfallp. 23
Summaryp. 25
The dynamic atmosphere--energy, motion and the creation of weather systemsp. 27
Energy in the atmosphere--the global movement of airp. 27
The circulation of the atmosphere--the upper westerly windsp. 29
Surface winds and pressure bandsp. 32
Development of a low pressure system in the mid-latitudesp. 34
High pressure systems--anticyclonesp. 48
Summaryp. 52
Observing weather from the Earth's surfacep. 54
The making of weather observationsp. 54
Clouds--a guide to their form, development and varietyp. 60
Summaryp. 79
Observation from space: the view from abovep. 82
A perspective from spacep. 83
Patterns of brightnessp. 83
Energy: the information sourcep. 88
The visible made more visible: clouds and aerosolsp. 95
The invisible made visible: water vapour and heatp. 102
The scene below: sea, land and icep. 108
Summaryp. 112
Climates of the mid-latitudesp. 115
The distribution of mid-latitude climatesp. 115
The climate of Europep. 116
Geographical patterns of weather in the British Islesp. 135
The climates of North Americap. 145
Summaryp. 157
Tropical climatesp. 160
Identifying and defining tropical climatesp. 161
Atmospheric circulation, surface temperature and convectionp. 161
Disturbances in tropical climates (1): tropical cyclonesp. 163
Disturbances in tropical climates (2): El Nino eventsp. 167
The climates of Africap. 171
Monsoon climates of South Asiap. 175
Summaryp. 178
Indexp. 181
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ISBN: 9780340806111
ISBN-10: 0340806117
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 188
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.59 x 17.02  x 0.99
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1