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Weather: A Very Short Introduction

Storm Dunlop

January 2017

ISBN: 9780199571314

176 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

The weather affects everyone on Earth, influencing both our day-to-day decisions and long term plans for leisure and work. But the Earth's weather systems are extremely complex, and conditions and events may have an effect 'half a world away'. Storm Dunlop explores the processes at work behind our daily weather.

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The weather affects everyone on Earth, influencing both our day-to-day decisions and long term plans for leisure and work. But the Earth's weather systems are extremely complex, and conditions and events may have an effect 'half a world away'. Storm Dunlop explores the processes at work behind our daily weather.

  • Provides an introduction to what we understand as 'weather' and how it relates to 'climate'
  • Covers the basic features and properties of the atmosphere, such as the ozone layer and greenhouse effect, and explains how they affect the weather experienced on the ground
  • Explores the global patterns of temperature and pressure which give rise to the major wind systems and oceanic currents, and the significance of these for global weather
  • Describes how weather observations are made, and the development of weather forecasting
  • Looks at examples of extreme weather and the threat tornadoes, tropical cyclones, and violent thunderstorm systems pose
  • Part of the Very Short introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Storm Dunlop, Freelance Writer

Storm Dunlop is an experienced freelance writer in the field of meteorology, and has been published by Springer, OUP, CUP, and others. He compiled the Oxford Dictionary of Weather (OUP, 2008), which is now in its second edition, and among his many other published works are A Guide to Weather Forecasting (Philips, 2013). He has also lectured widely on the subject.

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    2:The atmosphere
    3:The circulation of the atmosphere
    4:Global weather systems
    5:Water in the atmosphere
    6:Weather systems
    7:Severe and unusual weather events
    8:Localized weather
    9:Weather forecasting
    References
    Further Reading
    Index

Reviews

"The perfect introduction to one of the most fascinating topics." - Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive, Royal Meteorological Society

"Though the book is small ... there's plenty of information in here, illustrated with black and white diagrams and photography." - TGO The Great Outdoors