Meteorology Today

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Cengage Learning, Feb 16, 2006 - Science - 624 pages
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METEOROLOGY TODAY has for many years been one of the most widely used and authoritative texts for the introductory meteorology course. This eighth edition sees improvements in flexibility for instructors and strengthened learning solutions for students. Author C. Donald Ahrens has been widely praised for his ability to explain relatively complicated ideas so that even under-prepared students can understand them. The text's clear and inviting narrative is supplemented by numerous pedagogical features that help augment students' understanding. Introductory stories found at the beginning of each chapter draw students naturally into the discussion. In-chapter reviews help students master concepts while they study, and four types of end-of-chapter exercises provide opportunities for everything from further review to in-class discussion questions. In addition to these in-text learning aids, the eighth edition sees a complete integration with CengageNOW, the first assessment-driven and student-centered online learning solution created specifically for this course. CengageNOW uses a series of chapter-specific diagnostic tests to build a personalized learning plan for each student, allowing students to focus their study time on specific areas of weaknesses. Each personalized learning plan directs students to specific chapter sections and concept-driven multimedia tutorials designed to augment their understanding. The new edition is available in its original nineteen chapter classic version, or as a core version, which features only the most popular sixteen chapters. The core version sacrifices none of the detail that the course needs, but eliminates chapters that may not be directly covered in class. Looking for more flexibility? With the Cengage Learning TextChoice custom solution program, instructors can select and reorganize chapters to perfectly match their syllabus, thereby creating the ideal text solution for the course.
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Contents

Energy Warming the Earth and the Atmosphere
27
Seasonal and Daily Temperatures
55
Atmospheric Moisture
85
Condensation Dew Fog and Clouds
107
Stability and Cloud Development
139
Precipitation
163
Air Pressure and Winds
191
Wind SmallScale and Local Systems
221
Air Pollution
489
Light Color and Atmospheric Optics
517
Units Conversions Abbreviations and Equations
539
Weather Symbols and the Station Model
543
Beaufort Wind Scale Over Land
545
Humidity and DewPoint Tables Psychromatic Tables
546
Instant Weather Forecast Chart
550
Changing GMT and UTC to Local Time
551

Wind Global Systems
255
Air Masses and Fronts
285
MiddleLatitude Cyclones
309
Weather Forecasting
335
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
367
Hurricanes
405
Climate Change
431
Global Climate
459
Average Annual Global Precipitation
552
Standard Atmosphere
554
Hurricane Tracking Chart
555
Adiabatic Chart
556
Glossary
557
Additional Reading Material
573
Index
575
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

C. Donald Ahrens is Emeritus Professor at Modesto Junior College and the author of two best-selling textbooks for Cengage Learning. The Textbook and Academic Authors Association awarded Professor Ahrens its 2009 McGuffey Longevity Award in the physical science category for his market-leading text METEOROLOGY TODAY, 9e. Dr. Ahrens has influenced not only professionals in the field of atmospheric science, but has brought better understanding of the science to hundreds of thousands of non-atmospheric science majors who used his books to expand their knowledge of weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.

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