Mid-latitude Weather Systems / Edition 1

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Mid-Latitude Weather Systems is the first text to make extensive use of conventional weather charts and equations to fully illustrate the behavior and evolution of weather patterns. With the use of well-documented case studies, Toby Carlson has achieved a unique presentation of selected concepts, which facilitate a clear interpretation of this active and challenging area of study. 

Early chapters focus on the mathematics necessary to construct simple models which are subsequently used to describe and interpret the movement, evolution, and structure of particular weather patterns.  Particular meteorological phenomena are discussed using schematic illustrations in conjunction with actual weather charts for explanation.  The charts are an original and powerful feature of the text and display parameters routinely issued by the United States Weather Service.

Presenting a fusion between the mathematical and descriptive fields of meteorology and integrated coverage of synoptic and dynamic approaches, Mid-Latitude Weather Systems provides students with an invaluable course text and reference source to gain an unclouded appreciation of the underlying processes and behavior of mid-latitude weather patterns.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415109307
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Toby N. Carlson is Professor of Meteorology at Pennsylvania State University.

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Table of Contents

Dedication Preface Acknowledgements

1    Introduction and mathematical definitions

2    Vorticity and vertical motion

3    The vorticity and thermodynamic equations

4    Quasi-geostrophic forcing of vertical motions and surface pressure tendency

5    Quasi-geostrophic energetics

6    Evolution and motion of mid-tropospheric waves: barotropic viewpoint

7    Simple dynamic models of wave/cyclone development: baroclinic viewpoint

8    Alternative expressions for vertical motion and divergence

9    Some additional dynamic aspects of the baroclinic wave/cyclone: effects of friction, terrain and diabatic heating

10  The evolution of cyclones

11  Optimum wavelength and growth rate of baroclinic waves

12  Airflow through mid-latitude synoptic-scale disturbances

13  Kinematics of surface fronts

14  Ageostrophic motion and the dynamics of fronts

15  Upper-tropospheric fronts and jet streaks

16  Mid-tropospheric fronts, elevated mixed layers and the severe storm environment

Appendix: list of symbols Selected references, by subject area Index

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