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Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes, Volume 2: Observations and Theory of Weather Systems

Series: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes Volume: 2

By: Howard B Bluestein

594 pages, Figs

Oxford University Press

Hardback | May 1993 | #66184 | ISBN: 019506268X
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Synoptic meteorology, the study of large scale weather systems and forecasting using observation, and dynamic meteorology, the study of the laws of physics involved in air movement, are treated in this major new text in two volumes. Volume I covers kinematics, elementary atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, and the principles of quasi-geostrophic theory; there is also an introduction to modern observing systems, including Doppler radar, wind profilers, and navigation-aid sondes. Volume II covers the formation, motion, and climatology of extratropical weather systems in the context of quasi-geostrophic theory and "IPV thinking", the formation and structure of fronts and jets, applications of semi-geostrophic theory, and the observed structure and dynamics of precipitation systems in midlatitudes.


Part I: The Behavior of Synoptic-Scale, Extra-Tropical Systems: The formation of surface pressure systems; The movement of surface pressure systems; The formation of upper-level systems; The movement of upper-level troughs and ridges; Instability, and cyclogenesis and anticycologenesis; The classical mid-latitude cyclone; Analysis of mid-latitude, synoptic-scale systems using the balance equations; Analysis of mid-latitude, synoptic-scale systems using a "complete" height-tendency equation; Analysis of mid-latitude, synoptic-scale systems using "IPV thinking"; Part II: Fronts and Jets: The relationship between fronts and jets; Consequences of the cross-front scale; Kinematics and thermodynamics of frontogenesis; Observational aspects of fronts; Dynamics of surface frontogenesis; Dynamics of middle-upper tropospheric frontogenesis; Observational aspects of jets and jet streaks; Dynamics of jets and jet streaks; Part III: Precipitation systems in mid-latitudes: Introduction; Types of precipitation; The classification of precipitation systems; Convective systems; Non-convective systems; Appendix: Solutions to Sanders' Analytic Model.

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