The AMS Weather Book

The Ultimate Guide to America's Weather

Author: Jack Williams

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1935704559

Category: Science

Page: 368

View: 6583

America has one of the most varied and dynamic weather systems in the world. Every year, the Gulf Coast is battered by hurricanes, the Great Plains are ravaged by tornados, the Midwest is pummeled by blizzards, and the temperature in the Southwest reaches a sweltering 120 degrees. Extreme weather can be a matter of life and death, but even when it is pleasant—72 degrees and sunny—weather is still central to the lives of all Americans. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine a topic of greater collective interest. Whether we want to know if we should close the storm shutters or just carry an umbrella to work, we turn to forecasts. But few of us really understand the science behind them. All that changes with The AMS Weather Book. The most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to our weather and our atmosphere, it is the ultimate resource for anyone who wants to understand how hurricanes form, why tornados twirl, or even why the sky is cerulean blue. Written by esteemed science journalist and former USA Today weather editor Jack Williams, The AMS Weather Book covers everything from daily weather patterns to air pollution and global warming and explores the stories of people coping with severe weather and those who devote their lives to understanding the atmosphere, oceans, and climate. Words alone, of course, are not adequate to explain many meteorological concepts, so The AMS Weather Book is filled with engaging full-color graphics that explain such concepts as why winds blow in a particular direction, how Doppler weather radar works, what happens inside hurricanes, how clouds create wind and snow, and what’s really affecting the earth’s climate. For Weather Channel junkies, amateur meteorologists, and storm chasers alike, The AMS Weather Book is an invaluable tool for anyone who wants to better understand how weather works and how it affects our lives.
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The Weather Book

Author: Jack Williams

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 0679776656

Category: Nature

Page: 227

View: 7958

A guide to America's weather features full-color graphics from "USA Today" and discussions of hurricanes, blizzards, heat waves, cold fronts, tornadoes and draughts
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Guide to Weather Forecasting

All the Information You'll Need to Make Your Own Weather Forecast

Author: Storm Dunlop

Publisher: Firefly Books Ltd

ISBN: N.A

Category: Nature

Page: 176

View: 9881

Describes weather forecasting, including how different phenomena develop, how geography produces local weather patterns, and ways to make a forecast at home.
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National Geographic Pocket Guide to the Weather of North America

Author: Jack Williams

Publisher: National Geographic Books

ISBN: 1426217862

Category: Climatology

Page: 178

View: 1671

"This easy-to-use field guide provides the resources to understand the meteorological events that affect us every day. With illustrations and graphics for every topic, this is the go-to book for answers about weather reports and conditions on our increasingly turbulent planet"--
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weather

Author: Mel Goldstein

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780028643410

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 7061

Explains how to track weather patterns, read weather maps, and identify cloud formations while exploring the effects of pollution, hurricanes, and El Niäno.
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Weather For Dummies

Author: John D. Cox

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118053605

Category: Science

Page: 384

View: 1178

What’s going on up there when the rain falls, when the wind blows, when the clouds roll in and the lightning flashes? How do hurricanes arise and where to tornadoes come from? Why do seasonal conditions sometimes vary so much from one year to the next? Our ways of life, our very existences depend on knowing the answers to questions like these. Economies have been wiped out, civilizations have risen and fallen, entire species have come into being or gone extinct because of a temperature shift of just a few degrees, or a brief shortage or glut of rainfall. With so much riding on the weather, it makes you wonder how you’ve lived this long without knowing more about it. Don’t worry it’s never too late to find out about what makes the weather tick. And there’s never been an easier or more enjoyable way to learn than Weather For Dummies. In know time, you’ll know enough of weather basics to be able to: Identify cloud types Make sense of seasonal differences in the weather Understand what causes hurricanes, tornadoes, and other extreme events Make your own weather forecasts Avoid danger during severe weather Understand the global warming debate Get a handle on smog, the greenhouse effect, El Niño, and more Award-winning science writer John D. Cox brings the science of meteorology down to earth and, with the help of dozens of cool maps and charts and stunning photographs of weather conditions, he covers a wide range of fascinating subjects, including: What is weather and how it fits into the entire global ecosystem What goes into making a professional daily weather forecast The basic elements of weather, including air pressure, clouds, and humidity Storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons, and other extreme forms of weather Seasonal weather effects and why they vary Lightening, rainbows, sundogs, haloes, and other special effects Featuring clear explanations, stunning illustrations, and fun, easy experiments and activities you can do at home , Weather For Dummies is your guide to making sense of the baffling turmoil of the ever-changing skies above.
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Partly to Mostly Funny

The Ultimate Weather Joke Book

Author: Jon Malay,Norm Dvoskin

Publisher: Amer Meteorological Society

ISBN: 9781935704607

Category: Humor

Page: 217

View: 3369

Q: Where did the meteorologist stop for a drink on the way home from a long day at work? A: The nearest isobar! Q: What's the difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny? A: It's never partly sunny at night! Q: Do you know what they call people who believe in letting a smile be their umbrella? A: Wet! When rain falls on a wedding yet the day is clear everywhere else, or when unexpected sunshine makes a laughingstock out of a prediction of a stormy day, it is good to keep a sense of humor about the weather. Thankfully there are a wealth of weather jokes to tickle the funny bone of anyone who makes a hobby or career out of weather watching. Partly to Mostly Funny revels in puns, wordplay, and cartoons that take a lighter look at weather, climate, and the life of a meteorologist. They will evoke lighthearted chuckles from professionals, cheering up those who must keep their eyes trained on sometimes darkening skies, and will delight the rest of us with the sillier side of weather.
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Storm Chaser

A Visual Tour of Severe Weather

Author: David Mayhew

Publisher: Amherst Media, Inc

ISBN: 1682032973

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 3830

The beauty of the sky is beyond comprehension. Never the same twice, it makes for unique images that depict a fleeting moment in time. In this book, David Mayhew strives to show the full array of Mother Nature’s moods from the color palette and limitless textures that are conjured up. Forecasting for skies, night or day, is as much an art as a science since weather is a living ecosystem, forever evolving. Adapting to its whim, David drifts wherever the wind carries him, feeling out the best light in order to capture an image that ideally depicts sensational displays of beauty. Mayhew’s photographs show the dramatic skies of tornadic storms and severe weather, the serenity of a sunset, the fascination of unique formations clouds can conjure up, and the mystery of the mesmerizing northern lights. If the purpose of art is to create an emotional response in the viewer, then surely readers will see why the skies are his muse. -- David Mayhew
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Make It Rain

State Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America

Author: Kristine C. Harper

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022643737X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 8763

Weather control. Juxtaposing those two words is enough to raise eyebrows in a world where even the best weather models still fail to nail every forecast, and when the effects of climate change on sea level height, seasonal averages of weather phenomena, and biological behavior are being watched with interest by all, regardless of political or scientific persuasion. But between the late nineteenth century—when the United States first funded an attempt to “shock” rain out of clouds—and the late 1940s, rainmaking (as it had been known) became weather control. And then things got out of control. In Make It Rain, Kristine C. Harper tells the long and somewhat ludicrous history of state-funded attempts to manage, manipulate, and deploy the weather in America. Harper shows that governments from the federal to the local became helplessly captivated by the idea that weather control could promote agriculture, health, industrial output, and economic growth at home, or even be used as a military weapon and diplomatic tool abroad. Clear fog for landing aircraft? There’s a project for that. Gentle rain for strawberries? Let’s do it! Enhanced snowpacks for hydroelectric utilities? Check. The heyday of these weather control programs came during the Cold War, as the atmosphere came to be seen as something to be defended, weaponized, and manipulated. Yet Harper demonstrates that today there are clear implications for our attempts to solve the problems of climate change.
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An Observer's Guide to Clouds and Weather

A Northeastern Primer on Prediction

Author: Toby Carlson,Paul Knight,Celia Wyckoff

Publisher: Amer Meteorological Society

ISBN: 9781935704584

Category: Nature

Page: 224

View: 9398

"A basic introduction to making weather predictions through understanding cloud types and sky formations"--Provided by publisher.
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Meteorology Manual

The Practical Guide to the Weather

Author: Storm Dunlop

Publisher: Haynes Publishing UK

ISBN: 9780857332721

Category: Science

Page: 172

View: 7203

Meteorology Manual follows a similar concept to the well-received Astronomy Manual, aiming to provide an easy-to-read introduction for newcomers to the subject, while providing a sufficient level of detail to prove useful to those who also have a basic understanding of the subject. This extensively illustrated book will follow the familiar Haynes Manual style, with down-to-earth text, supported by colour diagrams and photographs, including, where appropriate, step-by-step sequences of cloud and weather system formations. There is increasing interest in learning about how weather systems are formed, what causes variations in the weather, and how to study and predict the movement of weather systems to enable weather forecasting, all which can be found in this book.
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An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology

Author: Roland B. Stull

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9400930275

Category: Science

Page: 670

View: 1812

Part of the excitement in boundary-layer meteorology is the challenge associated with turbulent flow - one of the unsolved problems in classical physics. An additional attraction of the filed is the rich diversity of topics and research methods that are collected under the umbrella-term of boundary-layer meteorology. The flavor of the challenges and the excitement associated with the study of the atmospheric boundary layer are captured in this textbook. Fundamental concepts and mathematics are presented prior to their use, physical interpretations of the terms in equations are given, sample data are shown, examples are solved, and exercises are included. The work should also be considered as a major reference and as a review of the literature, since it includes tables of parameterizatlons, procedures, filed experiments, useful constants, and graphs of various phenomena under a variety of conditions. It is assumed that the work will be used at the beginning graduate level for students with an undergraduate background in meteorology, but the author envisions, and has catered for, a heterogeneity in the background and experience of his readers.
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The Weather Identification Handbook

Author: Storm Dunlop

Publisher: Globe Pequot

ISBN: 9781585748570

Category: Nature

Page: 192

View: 9394

A comprehensive guide to predicting weather patterns covers cloud classification, optical phenomena, precipitation, wind, severe weather, satellite images, weather maps, and much, much more. Original.
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The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change

Author: Robert Henson

Publisher: Amer Meteorological Society

ISBN: 9781935704737

Category: Nature

Page: 516

View: 4219

Provides factual information about climate change, including what is happening to the environment now and what may happen in the future, how scientists study climate change, and what ordinary people can do about climate change.
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British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment

Author: Jan Golinski

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226302067

Category: Science

Page: 304

View: 8049

Enlightenment inquiries into the weather sought to impose order on a force that had the power to alter human life and social conditions. British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment reveals how a new sense of the national climate emerged in the eighteenth century from the systematic recording of the weather, and how it was deployed in discussions of the health and welfare of the population. Enlightened intellectuals hailed climate’s role in the development of civilization but acknowledged that human existence depended on natural forces that would never submit to rational control. Reading the Enlightenment through the ideas, beliefs, and practices concerning the weather, Jan Golinski aims to reshape our understanding of the movement and its legacy for modern environmental thinking. With its combination of cultural history and the history of science, British Weather and the Climate of Enlightenment counters the claim that Enlightenment progress set humans against nature, instead revealing that intellectuals of the age drew characteristically modern conclusions about the inextricability of nature and culture.
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The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change

A Guide to the Debate

Author: Andrew Dessler,Edward A. Parson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139486535

Category: Science

Page: N.A

View: 9162

The second edition of Dessler and Parson's acclaimed book provides an integrated treatment of the science, technology, economics, policy, and politics of climate change. Aimed at the educated non-specialist, and at courses in environmental policy or climate change, the book clearly lays out the scientific foundations of climate change, the issues in current policy debates, and the interactions between science and politics that make the climate change debate so contentious and confusing. This new edition is brought completely up to date to reflect the rapid movement of events related to climate change. In addition, all sections have been improved, in particular a more thorough primer on the basic science of climate change is included. The book also now integrates the discussion of contrarian claims with the discussion of current scientific knowledge; extends the discussion of cost and benefit estimates; and provides an improved glossary.
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Weather

A Visual Guide

Author: Bruce Buckley,Edward J. Hopkins,Richard Whitaker

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781554074303

Category: Nature

Page: 303

View: 375

Explores how weather works and its effects and includes diagrams providing explanations for interpreting weather signs, as well as up-to-the-minute information on extreme weather and natural events that predict the weather.
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The Rigger

Operating with the SAS

Author: Jack Williams

Publisher: Pen & Sword Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 188

View: 1027

For most people, climbing a ladder to clear the gutters is a challenge. Jack Williams and his colleagues in the specialist signals unit supporting the SAS in Northern Ireland had to climb towers and maintain vital communications - often in full view and under fire from terrorists. This is the gripping insider story of the tension, fear and comradeship of these specialists, who needed more than just a head for heights. Written in a racey popular style The Rigger is bound to thrill for its insider action. The author witnesses many operations, some successful, others tragically costly.
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Masters of Uncertainty

Weather Forecasters and the Quest for Ground Truth

Author: Phaedra Daipha

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022629868X

Category: Science

Page: 271

View: 4374

"In Masters of Uncertainity, Phaedra Daipha offers a new framework for understanding decision-making practice after spending years immersed in a northeastern office of the National Weather Service. Arguing that forecasters have made a virtue of the unpredictability of the weather, Daipha shows how they enlist an onmivorous appetite for information and improvisational collage techniques to create a locally meaningful forecast on their computer screens. This richly detailed and lucidly written book advances a theory of decision making that foregrounds the pragmatic and situated nature of expert cognition and casts new light on how we make decisions in the digital age"--Page {4] of cover.
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Eloquent Science

A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist

Author: David Schultz

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1935704036

Category: Science

Page: 440

View: 7460

Mary Grace Soccio. My writing could not please this kindhearted woman, no matter how hard I tried. Although Gifed and Talented seventh-grade math posed no problem for me, the same was not true for Mrs. Soccio’s English class. I was frustrated that my frst assignment only netted me a C. I worked harder, making re- sion afer revision, a concept I had never really put much faith in before. At last, I produced an essay that seemed the apex of what I was capable of wr- ing. Although the topic of that essay is now lost to my memory, the grade I received was not: a B?. “Te best I could do was a B??” Te realization sank in that maybe I was not such a good writer. In those days, my youthful hubris did not understand abouc t apacity bui- ing. In other words, being challenged would result in my intellectual growth— an academic restatement of Nietzsche’s “What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.” Consequently, I asked to be withdrawn from Gifed and Talented English in the eighth grade.
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