Weather: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 26, 2017

byStorm Dunlop

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From deciding the best day for a picnic, to the devastating effects of hurricanes and typhoons, the weather impacts our lives on a daily basis. Although new techniques allow us to forecast the weather with increasing accuracy, most people do not realise the vast global movements and forceswhich result in their day-to-day weather.In this Very Short Introduction Storm Dunlop explains what weather is and how it differs from climate, discussing what causes weather, and how we measure it. Analysing the basic features and properties of the atmosphere, he shows how these are directly related to the weather experienced on theground, and to specific weather phenomena and extreme weather events. He describes how the global patterns of temperature and pressure give rise to the overall circulation within the atmosphere, the major wind systems, and the major oceanic currents, and how features such as mountains and the seaaffect local weather. He also looks at examples of extreme and dangerous weather, such as of tropical cyclones (otherwise known as hurricanes and typhoons), describing how 'Hurricane Hunters' undertake the dangerous task of flying through them.We measure weather in a number of ways: observations taken on the land and sea; observations within the atmosphere; and measurements from orbiting satellites. Dunlop concludes by looking at how these observations have been used to develop increasingly sophisticated long- and short-range weatherforecasting, including ensemble forecasting.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, andenthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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From deciding the best day for a picnic, to the devastating effects of hurricanes and typhoons, the weather impacts our lives on a daily basis. Although new techniques allow us to forecast the weather with increasing accuracy, most people do not realise the vast global movements and forceswhich result in their day-to-day weather.In thi...

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 lec...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.68 inPublished:February 26, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The atmosphere3. The circulation of the atmosphere4. Global weather systems5. Water in the atmosphere6. Weather systems7. Severe and unusual weather events8. Localized weather9. Weather forecastingReferencesFurther ReadingIndex