Mid-Latitude Weather Systems / Edition 1

Mid-Latitude Weather Systems / Edition 1

by Toby N. Carlson
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American Meteorological Society


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Mid-Latitude Weather Systems / Edition 1

First published in 1991 and reprinted in 1994 and 1998, Mid-Latitude Weather Systems has become a classic text in synoptic meteorology. It is the first text to make extensive use of conventional weather charts and equations to illustrate fully the behavior and evolution of weather patterns. Turning to well-documented case studies, Toby Carlson presents selected concepts in a unique way, facilitating the 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. Carlson discusses specific meteorological phenomena 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.

With its fusion of the mathematical and descriptive fields of meteorology and its integrated coverage of synoptic and dynamic approaches, Mid-Latitude Weather Systems is an invaluable course text and reference source for students.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781878220301
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 507
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents


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

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