An Observer's Guide to Clouds and Weather

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An Observer's Guide to Clouds and Weather

A Northeastern Primer on Prediction
Toby Carlson
Paul Knight
Celia Wyckoff
Copyright: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-935704-58-4
List Price: $30.00
Member Price: $20.00
Student Price: $20.00

This informative and accessible guide walks readers through the process of making weather predictions through understanding cloud types and sky formations.

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Pages: 224
Language: English
Publisher: American Meteorological Society
Edition: First
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With help from Penn State experts, start at the beginning and go deep. This primer, intended for both serious enthusiasts and new meteorology students, will leave you with both refined observation skills and an understanding of the complex science behind the weather: the ingredients for making reliable predictions of your own.
     It is currently possible to access the weather maps, satellite photographs, and radar displays and learn forecasts up to ten days or more in advance online. Available data are generated by powerful computers that use banks of differential equations and mounds of data to make their predictions. And yet knowing what the atmosphere has in store can be a much more simple, intimate, and rewarding experience: simply look at the sky.
     This informative and accessible guide walks readers through the process of making weather predictions through understanding cloud types and sky formations. It connects fundamental meteorological concepts with the processes that shape weather patterns, and will make a potential expert of any dedicated student or reader.

Table of Contents

1 The basic processes that create the weather

2 Cloud and weather patterns

3 Clouds and how to read the sky

4 Smaller-scale storms

5 The foundations of weather forecasting

6 The observer’s guide to weather forecasting

Appendix: Useful meteorological web addresses

Toby Carlson

Toby Carlson is Professor of Meteorology Emeritus at Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Meteorology.

Paul Knight

Paul Knight is a Senior Lecturer in Meteorology at Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Department of Meteorology, and producer and host of the show Weather World.