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This lab manual’s 18 exercises encourage readers to review important ideas and concepts through problem solving, simulations, and guided thinking. The graphics program and seven computer-based simulations and tutorials help to convey key concepts. Designed to accompany any meteorology book, it features a two-column format with perforated pages for easy use in the lab. Interactive computer modules are presented as Flash applets, examining topics such as Earth-Sun geometry, radiation fluxes, moisture, hurricanes, and climate controls. A CD containing seven modules of simulations and tutorials has been completely revised to run in with Flash, offering a more user-friendly interface and a higher degree of interactivity. This software is bound into every new copy of the Exercise manual.
Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere; Earth-Sun Geometry; The Surface Energy Budget; Simulating the Earth's Energy Budget; Atmospheric Moisture; Saturation and Atmospheric Stability; Cloud Droplets and Raindrops; Atmospheric Motion; Weather Map Analysis; Mid-Latitude Cyclones; Thunderstorms and Tornadoes; Hurricanes; Climate Controls; Climate Classification and World Climates; Climatic Variability and Change; Simulating Climatic Change; Dimensions and Units; Earth Measures; GeoClock; Weather Symbols.
A useful reference for anyone interested in learning more about weather and climate.
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Greg Carbone is an Associate Professor at the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography at the University of South Carolina. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin in 1990; his areas of interest include Climate Variability and Change, and Climate Impacts. His major research project examines how the water resource community uses climate information in their decision making.
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PREFACE:

PREFACE

This lab manual contains exercises for an introductory college-level meteorology course. It combines data analysis, problem solving, and experimentation, with questions designed to encourage critical thinking. The review questions at the end of each chapter are meant to measure comprehension, but more importantly to extend students' thinking about atmospheric processes.

The manual was written to complement either Aguado and Burt's Understanding Weather and Climate, 2d edition or Lutgens and Tarbuck's The Atmosphere, 8th edition. It shares organization, concepts, and graphics with both. However, it should be appropriate for any introductory meteorology laboratory course. I hope that the exercises provide students with a chance to apply what they've learned in lectures or their text. While nearly all questions can be answered from material contained within the manual, a few in each lab will demand that students consider lecture notes or material from their introductory text.

The basic structure of the manual remains the same as previous editions, but revisions have been made to nearly every lab. Labs 10, 11, and 14 have expanded sections on weather map analysis, mid-latitude cyclones, and climatic variability and change respectively. Many new graphics appear in this edition and a majority of old ones have been redrafted. The inclusion of 6 new interactive computer modules marks the most significant change. These modules complement Labs 2, 4, 6, 13, and 14. Questions at the end of each of these labs introduce students to the software, but they are encouraged to ask their own questions and play. As with previouseditions, GeoClock—Joseph Ahlgren's share ware displaying geographical and seasonal variations in sunlight—and an energy balance model written by James E. Burt accompany the manual. Lab 3 requires GeoClock; Labs 5 and 18 require the energy balance model. The CD enclosed at the back of the manual contains all software.

I thank those who contributed to this edition. Mark Anderson, Cecil Keen, Scott Kirsch, John Knox, Scott Robeson, Robert Rohli, Steven Silberberg, and Anthony Vega reviewed the last edition and offered very helpful suggestions. Eric Stevens drafted many of the new figures. Robert Ellis, Xin Kang, and Haiyun Yang assisted with the computer modules. Jim Burt, Bill Kiechle, Cary Mock, Helen Power, Jennifer Rainman, and Donald Yow provided advice, data, and graphics. Mel Grubb took the cover photo and Carol Hall found it for me. Teaching assistants and students from an introductory meteorology course at the University of South Carolina provided helpful critique. Michael Banino, Amanda Griffith, Christine Henry, Dan Kaveney and others at Prentice Hall contributed their expertise throughout the project. Finally, I am indebted to Karen Beidel who gave her time generously, offering extraordinary talents to every aspect of the manual's written and digital form. Without her, there would be no lab manual.

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Table of Contents

1. Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere.
2. Earth-Sun Geometry.
3. The Surface Energy Budget.
4. Simulating the Earth's Energy Budget.
5. Atmospheric Moisture.
6. Saturation and Atmospheric Stability.
7. Cloud Droplets and Raindrops.
8. Atmospheric Motion.
9. Weather Map Analysis.
10. Mid-Latitude Cyclones.
11. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes.
12. Hurricanes.
13. Climate Controls.
14. Climate Classification and World Climates.
15. Climatic Variability and Change.
16. Simulating Climatic Change.

Appendix A: Dimensions and Units.
Appendix B: Earth Measures.
Appendix C: GeoClock Appendix D: Weather Symbols.

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Preface

PREFACE:

PREFACE

This lab manual contains exercises for an introductory college-level meteorology course. It combines data analysis, problem solving, and experimentation, with questions designed to encourage critical thinking. The review questions at the end of each chapter are meant to measure comprehension, but more importantly to extend students' thinking about atmospheric processes.

The manual was written to complement either Aguado and Burt's Understanding Weather and Climate, 2d edition or Lutgens and Tarbuck's The Atmosphere, 8th edition. It shares organization, concepts, and graphics with both. However, it should be appropriate for any introductory meteorology laboratory course. I hope that the exercises provide students with a chance to apply what they've learned in lectures or their text. While nearly all questions can be answered from material contained within the manual, a few in each lab will demand that students consider lecture notes or material from their introductory text.

The basic structure of the manual remains the same as previous editions, but revisions have been made to nearly every lab. Labs 10, 11, and 14 have expanded sections on weather map analysis, mid-latitude cyclones, and climatic variability and change respectively. Many new graphics appear in this edition and a majority of old ones have been redrafted. The inclusion of 6 new interactive computer modules marks the most significant change. These modules complement Labs 2, 4, 6, 13, and 14. Questions at the end of each of these labs introduce students to the software, but they are encouraged to ask their own questions and play. As withpreviouseditions, GeoClock—Joseph Ahlgren's share ware displaying geographical and seasonal variations in sunlight—and an energy balance model written by James E. Burt accompany the manual. Lab 3 requires GeoClock; Labs 5 and 18 require the energy balance model. The CD enclosed at the back of the manual contains all software.

I thank those who contributed to this edition. Mark Anderson, Cecil Keen, Scott Kirsch, John Knox, Scott Robeson, Robert Rohli, Steven Silberberg, and Anthony Vega reviewed the last edition and offered very helpful suggestions. Eric Stevens drafted many of the new figures. Robert Ellis, Xin Kang, and Haiyun Yang assisted with the computer modules. Jim Burt, Bill Kiechle, Cary Mock, Helen Power, Jennifer Rainman, and Donald Yow provided advice, data, and graphics. Mel Grubb took the cover photo and Carol Hall found it for me. Teaching assistants and students from an introductory meteorology course at the University of South Carolina provided helpful critique. Michael Banino, Amanda Griffith, Christine Henry, Dan Kaveney and others at Prentice Hall contributed their expertise throughout the project. Finally, I am indebted to Karen Beidel who gave her time generously, offering extraordinary talents to every aspect of the manual's written and digital form. Without her, there would be no lab manual.

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