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U.S. National Weather Service
Weather and Climate
Meteorology: The Science of Weather
Air Masses
Thermal Inversions and Air Pollution
References and Recommended Reading
Weather Elements
Air Pressure
Precipitation
Wind
Air Temperature
Relative Humidity
Solar Energy
Evaporation
Pollution
Cloud Heights
Gas Laws
Boyle’s Law
Charles’s Law
Ideal Gas Law
Flow Rate
Gas Conversions
Major Constituents
Both Major and Minor Constituents
Minor Constituents
Gas Density
Heat Capacity and Enthalpy
Heat and Energy in the Atmosphere
Adiabatic Lapse Rate
Viscosity
The Atmosphere
Earth’s Thin Skin
The Troposphere
The Stratosphere
A Jekyll-and-Hyde View of the Atmosphere
Atmospheric Particulate Matter
Moisture in the Atmosphere
Cloud Formation
Major Cloud Types
Precipitation and Evapotranspiration
Heat Island Effect in Large Cities
Anthropogenic (Human-Caused) Effects on Precipitation
Earth’s Radiation Budget
Energy
Potential Energy
Kinetic Energy
Thermal Properties
Specific Heat
Transferring Energy
Earth’s Radiation Budget 83
Earth’s Heat Balance
Reradiation
Solar Constant
Transparency
Daylight Duration
Angle of Sun’s Rays
Heat Distribution
Differential Heating
Transport of Heat
Global Distribution of Heat
Albedo
Scattering
Absorption
Climate Change and Greenhouse Effect
The Past
Greenhouse Effect
The Science of Weather and Climate
El Niño / Southern Oscillation
Optical Phenomena
Fata Morgana
Types of Microclimates
Microclimates Near the Ground
Microclimate Over Open Land Areas
Microclimates in Woodlands or Forested Areas
Microclimates in Valley and Hillside Regions
Microclimates in Urban Areas
Microclimates in Seaside Locations
The Atmosphere in Motion
Global Air Movement
Earth’s Atmosphere in Motion
Causes of Air Motion
Local and World Air Circulation
Blowing in the Wind . .
Butterfly Effect
Weather Forecasting Tools
Predicting Weather
Meteorological Tools
Wind Speed
Wind Direction
Temperature and Temperature Difference
Radiation
Mixing Height
System Performance
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Glossary
Index
About the Author
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The Handbook of Meteorology

The Handbook of Meteorology

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The Handbook of Meteorology gives specialists and non-specialists alike a clear understanding of the way our weather functions. It provides scientific answers to questions that arise when looking at the world around us. It starts with the basics of weather—temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind—before moving on to cover highs, lows, fronts, and storms, and finally ending with a look at weather forecasts, cloud watching, weather tools, and much more. The Handbook of Meteorology provides a condensed but all-inclusive broad sweep of meteorology, employing several illustrations to translate detailed technical information into terms that everyone can follow and readily refer to. It is a comprehensive reference for any budding meteorologist or environmental professional in the field, laboratory, or classroom.
The Handbook of Meteorology gives specialists and non-specialists alike a clear understanding of the way our weather functions. It provides scientific answers to questions that arise when looking at the world around us. It starts with the basics of weather—temperature, pressure, humidity, and wind—before moving on to cover highs, lows, fronts, and storms, and finally ending with a look at weather forecasts, cloud watching, weather tools, and much more. The Handbook of Meteorology provides a condensed but all-inclusive broad sweep of meteorology, employing several illustrations to translate detailed technical information into terms that everyone can follow and readily refer to. It is a comprehensive reference for any budding meteorologist or environmental professional in the field, laboratory, or classroom.

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