Essentials of Meteorology: An Invitation to the Atmosphere

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Overview

This total learning package for the introductory meteorology course includes much more than a text—the book is packaged with the exciting Blue Skies™ CD-ROM. At the core of this learning package is Ahrens' respected text, which presents the fundamental concepts of meteorology in the context of everyday weather observations. Fun and easy to understand and relate to, the book and its cumulative organization enables students to build on each concept and gain greater understanding into the dynamic nature of the atmosphere.

An introduction to topics related to everyday experiences with weather: the atmosphere, temperature, clouds and precipitation, wind, storms, air pollution, and more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780314012456
  • Publisher: West Group
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 437

Meet the Author

C. Donald Ahrens is Emeritus Professor at Modesto Junior College and the author of two best-selling textbooks for Cengage Learning. The Textbook and Academic Authors Association awarded Professor Ahrens its 2009 McGuffey Longevity Award in the physical science category for his market-leading text METEOROLOGY TODAY, 9e. Dr. Ahrens has influenced not only professionals in the field of atmospheric science, but has brought better understanding of the science to hundreds of thousands of non-atmospheric science majors who used his books to expand their knowledge of weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Introduction: The Earth and Its Atmosphere 1
Ch. 2 Wanting the Earth and the Atmosphere 25
Ch. 3 Air Temperature 53
Ch. 4 Humidity, Condensation, and Clouds 73
Ch. 5 Cloud Development and Precipitation 105
Ch. 6 Air Pressure and Winds 131
Ch. 7 Atmospheric Circulations 157
Ch. 8 Air Masses, Fronts, and Middle Latitude Storms 187
Ch. 9 Weather Forecasting 219
Ch. 10 Thunderstorms and Tornadoes 243
Ch. 11 Hurricanes 275
Ch. 12 Air Pollution 295
Ch. 13 Climate Change 315
Ch. 14 Global Climate 339
Ch. 15 Light, Color, and Atmospheric Optics 373
Appendix A: Units, Conversions, and Abbreviations 395
Appendix B: Equations and Constants 398
Appendix C: Weather Symbols and the Station Model 401
Appendix D: Humidity and Dew-Point Tables 403
Appendix E: Hurricane Names 407
Appendix F: Heat Index (HI) Table 408
Appendix G: Beaufort Wind Scale 409
Appendix H: Standard Atmosphere 410
Additional Reading Material 411
Glossary 415
Index 429
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