Doppler Radar, Satellites, and Computer Models: The Science of Weather Forecasting

Doppler Radar, Satellites, and Computer Models: The Science of Weather Forecasting

by Paul Fleisher
     
 

How do scientists predict the weather What tools and instruments help them make forecasts How far in advance can they make good predictions Weather forecasting is a tricky science. Forecasters gather current weather data and study trends and historical patterns. They use their expertise to predict what kind of weather is likely coming next—with help from

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How do scientists predict the weather What tools and instruments help them make forecasts How far in advance can they make good predictions Weather forecasting is a tricky science. Forecasters gather current weather data and study trends and historical patterns. They use their expertise to predict what kind of weather is likely coming next—with help from computers, satellites, and other machines. In this fact-packed book, discover what it really takes to forecast Earth's weather.

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Children's Literature - James Rutkowski
This is an excellent book for the young students of meteorology or for the casual reader who would like to understand the science of weather forecasting. The author uses three basic questions to guide the reader through the process of forecasting the weather. One: what are the current conditions? Two: how is the weather changing? Three: what are the weather patterns for that area? The first half of the book examines the collection of data through the National Weather Service, radar, weather balloons, and satellites. The data collected is than used to develop a weather map and the author details how the map is constructed, the use of isotherm lines, high and low pressure areas, and the different types of fronts that produce our weather. Accompanying the descriptions are examples of weather maps and the symbols used to represent the weather makers. The second half deals with predicting short and long-term weather indicators and examines long-term climate changes. Photos, diagrams, and maps aid in the explanation and scattered throughout the book are fascinating facts that aid in the understanding of the concepts introduced. There is also a section on the difficulty of predicting the weather and why some forecasts may not be accurate. Additional resources listed at the conclusion of the book are for those who want to explore further. This book is one of four in a series that explores the weather. Reviewer: James Rutkowski

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822575351
Publisher:
Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Series:
Weatherwise Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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