Making Sense of Weather and Climate: The Science Behind the Forecasts

Hardcover | January 17, 2017

byMark Denny

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How do meteorologists design forecasts for the next day's, the next week's, or the next month's weather? Are some forecasts more likely to be accurate than others, and why? Making Sense of Weather and Climate takes readers through key topics in atmospheric physics and presents a cogent view of how weather relates to climate, particularly climate-change science. It is the perfect book for amateur meteorologists and weather enthusiasts, and for anyone whose livelihood depends on navigating the weather's twists and turns.

Making Sense of Weather and Climate begins by explaining the essential mechanics and characteristics of this fascinating science. The noted physics author Mark Denny also defines the crucial differences between weather and climate, and then develops from this basic knowledge a sophisticated yet clear portrait of their relation. Throughout, Denny elaborates on the role of weather forecasting in guiding politics and other aspects of human civilization. He also follows forecasting's effect on the economy. Denny's exploration of the science and history of a phenomenon we have long tried to master makes this book a unique companion for anyone who wants a complete picture of the environment's individual, societal, and planetary impact.

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How do meteorologists design forecasts for the next day's, the next week's, or the next month's weather? Are some forecasts more likely to be accurate than others, and why? Making Sense of Weather and Climate takes readers through key topics in atmospheric physics and presents a cogent view of how weather relates to climate, particula...

Mark Denny is the author of Lights On! The Science of Power Generation (2013); The Science of Navigation: From Dead Reckoning to GPS (2012); Their Arrows Will Darken the Sun: The Evolution and Science of Ballistics (2011); Super Structures: The Science of Bridges, Buildings, Dams, and Other Feats of Engineering (2010); and Blip, Ping,...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 17, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231174926

ISBN - 13:9780231174923

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Table of Contents

Author's NoteAcknowledgmentsForecast1. Feeling the Heat2. Under the Heavens and the Seas3. The Air We Breathe4. Dynamic Planet5. Oceans of Data6. Statistically Speaking7. A Condensed Account of Clouds, Rain, and Snow8. Weather Mechanisms9. Weather Extremes: The New Normal10. The World of Weather ForecastingAnd That Wraps Up Your Weather for TodayAppendixGlossaryNotesBibliographyIndex

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[An] educational volume on meteorology and meteorological forecasting.... Denny's discussions on cloud formations-there are four basic forms and 10 basic types-prove particularly fascinating.