Weather: A Visual Guide

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Weather is one of Earth's last wild things. Although we can predict it, we cannot control it. It profoundly affects our culture, our economy, our well-being and our daily lives.

This book provides a comprehensive visual guide to weather in all its manifestations. Clearly written and richly illustrated, it explains how the weather engine works, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and droughts. Weather also explains the effect of climate on plants, animals and humans, ...

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Overview

Weather is one of Earth's last wild things. Although we can predict it, we cannot control it. It profoundly affects our culture, our economy, our well-being and our daily lives.

This book provides a comprehensive visual guide to weather in all its manifestations. Clearly written and richly illustrated, it explains how the weather engine works, including hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires and droughts. Weather also explains the effect of climate on plants, animals and humans, and examines the latest research on changing climate, with particular reference to vital issues like global warming and ozone depletion.

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School Library Journal
Adult/High School-A comprehensive academic resource with information and glorious color photographs on virtually every aspect of weather. Although written by three different meteorologists, the text flows seamlessly from one topic to another. Grouped in broad subject areas, spreads cover what makes weather, weather extremes, watching the weather, and current and changing global climate. The thoroughly labeled photos show seemingly every type of weather on every continent and the Earth from outer space. Clear, colorful graphics clarify concepts that cannot be shown in photographs, such as the energy cycle or types of lightning. Approximately three-fourths of this volume is devoted to these outstanding images. The print is small, providing more information than one might expect. The content goes beyond simple weather to include a discussion of climate and its effect on the flora and fauna of a region. An excellent resource. -Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
American Reference Books Annual, Volume 36 - Ralph Scott
Every page is packed with spectacular instructive photographs of weather phenomena and its aftermath... a visual delight.
Booklist - Gilbert Taylor
Panoramic introductions... establishes for readers a factual and even aesthetic foundation for further research.
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
Using never-before-published aerial and satellite photography, this book provides current information about a fascinating spectrum of natural phenomena.
NSTA Recommends (National Science Teachers Assoc) - Claudia Fetters
Accurate and useable information... What really sets the book apart is its stunning visual impact. From cover to cover excellent photos and diagrams will grab the student's interest and make them want to find out more... Noteworthy as well for its global focus.
Associated Press - Ron Bethel
Meteorology explained, from isobars to acid rain, with 500 illustrations.
San Jose Mercury News - Charles Matthews
A profusely and often beautifully illustrated guide to all things meteorological.
Science News
Hundreds of color photographs take readers above the clouds and inside snowflakes. Such images explain the forces that determine the weather from around the globe, from a Saharan sandstorm to an Antarctic blizzard.
Science Books and Films
Chosen as one of the "Best Books for Junior High and Young Adult 2005" by Science Books and Films.
Science Books and Films - Paul K. Grogger
Outstandingly presented. By following the illustrations in the text, a reader can gain a thorough understanding of weather... well written.
E-Streams - Donna Cromer
Lavishly illustrated, this book lives up to its title... Extensive information in a clear and easily understood style... highly recommended for academic and public libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552979570
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/7/2004
  • Series: Visual Guides Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 9.34 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Buckley is a senior meteorologist who has worked in the Australian Bureau of Meteorology and as chief meteorologist on television for Australia's Weather Channel.

Edward J. Hopkins is a lecturer in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin and a weather education consultant with the American Meteorological Society.

Richard Whitaker is a meteorological consultant who provides services to businesses, governments and educational organizations.

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Introduction

As Mark Twain said, "The weather is always doing something." It is, indeed, a phenomenon of universal interest and fascination, as well as research and scholarship. The beauty of an unusual cloud, the symmetry of a rainbow, the awesome power of a thunderstorm and the devastation of a hurricane—all suggest a mighty power with influence over human affairs. Not surprisingly, early humans explained changes in weather as the actions of sky-gods who could reward or punish at will. Only in the last two centuries or so have scientific reasoning and experiment been used to explain the nature and causes of weather and to forecast its behavior. As this process developed, it was realized that because weather is a global phenomenon, international endeavor is required to understand and predict it. Unprecedented cooperation today provides one of the finest examples of international synergy united in a common cause.

But this book begins well before that. It traces long-term climate change over Earth's 4600 million-year history; explains the complex atmospheric forces that influence weather; examines the complex atmospheric forces the influence weather; examines the diversity of climate throughout the world and how plants, animals and people have adapted to it; analyzes the factors that interact to create violent weather extremes; and review the latest research into current climate change. This weather odyssey is one of the more remarkable chapters in the story of humanity—one that the reader will enjoy sharing.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 12
The weather engine 14
Weather in action 52
Extreme weather 112
Watching the weather 156
Global climate 196
The changing climate 238
Factfinder 280
Glossary 294
Index 296
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Preface

Introduction

As Mark Twain said, "The weather is always doing something." It is, indeed, a phenomenon of universal interest and fascination, as well as research and scholarship. The beauty of an unusual cloud, the symmetry of a rainbow, the awesome power of a thunderstorm and the devastation of a hurricane — all suggest a mighty power with influence over human affairs. Not surprisingly, early humans explained changes in weather as the actions of sky-gods who could reward or punish at will. Only in the last two centuries or so have scientific reasoning and experiment been used to explain the nature and causes of weather and to forecast its behavior. As this process developed, it was realized that because weather is a global phenomenon, international endeavor is required to understand and predict it. Unprecedented cooperation today provides one of the finest examples of international synergy united in a common cause.

But this book begins well before that. It traces long-term climate change over Earth's 4600 million-year history; explains the complex atmospheric forces that influence weather; examines the complex atmospheric forces the influence weather; examines the diversity of climate throughout the world and how plants, animals and people have adapted to it; analyzes the factors that interact to create violent weather extremes; and review the latest research into current climate change. This weather odyssey is one of the more remarkable chapters in the story of humanity — one that the reader will enjoy sharing.

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Introduction

Introduction

As Mark Twain said, "The weather is always doing something." It is, indeed, a phenomenon of universal interest and fascination, as well as research and scholarship. The beauty of an unusual cloud, the symmetry of a rainbow, the awesome power of a thunderstorm and the devastation of a hurricane -- all suggest a mighty power with influence over human affairs. Not surprisingly, early humans explained changes in weather as the actions of sky-gods who could reward or punish at will. Only in the last two centuries or so have scientific reasoning and experiment been used to explain the nature and causes of weather and to forecast its behavior. As this process developed, it was realized that because weather is a global phenomenon, international endeavor is required to understand and predict it. Unprecedented cooperation today provides one of the finest examples of international synergy united in a common cause.

But this book begins well before that. It traces long-term climate change over Earth's 4600 million-year history; explains the complex atmospheric forces that influence weather; examines the complex atmospheric forces the influence weather; examines the diversity of climate throughout the world and how plants, animals and people have adapted to it; analyzes the factors that interact to create violent weather extremes; and review the latest research into current climate change. This weather odyssey is one of the more remarkable chapters in the story of humanity -- one that the reader will enjoy sharing.

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