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Precipitation: Process and Analysis

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By: G Sumner

455 pages, Figs, tabs.

John Wiley & Sons

Hardback | Dec 1988 | #20304 | ISBN: 0471905348
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A general introduction to the meteorological and hydrological factors associated with the production of precipitation, and analysis of the distribution of precipitation once it has hit the ground.


Part 1 Water in the atmosphere: the global picture; atmospheric water as a part of the hydrological cycle; evaporation, transpiration and evapotranspiration; determination of evaporation and transpiration rates. Part 2 The formation of clouds: setting the stage; uplift in the atmosphere; cloud types and morphology. Part 3 Precipitation formation: not all clouds precipitate; precipitation form; precipitation characteristics; precipitation type. Part 4 Local and small-scale precipitation: shower and storm generation and movement; multicell and supercell storms; squall-line storms; mesoscale convective complexes; locally-forced precipitation. Part 5 Synoptic-scale precipitation - temperate systems: small-scale synoptic features; the temperate latitude frontal depression. Part 6 Synoptic-scale precipitation - tropical systems: atmospheric circulation in the tropics; disturbance in the tropics; monsoon circulations; longer term larger scale precipitation variations in the tropics. Part 7 Precipitation measurement and observation: measurement by gauges; - by ground-based radar; - by satellite. Part 8 Precipitation analysis - in time: precipitation climatologies; trends and oscillations; system signatures; probability studies; probable maximum precipitation (PMP). Part 9 Precipitation analysis - in space: mapping precipitation; areal mean precipitation; the spatial organization of precipitation.

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