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Presents a concise introduction to the atmosphere and fundamentals of weather, with detailed illustrated accounts of specific phenomena.
Part I: Introduction to the Atmosphere 1. The Composition of the Atmosphere 2. The Structure of the Atmosphere. Part II: Radiative Fluxes and Energy Transfers in the Atmosphere and at the Earth's Surface 3. Radiative Fluxes and Radiation Balance 4. Net Radiation and Energy Transfers within the Atmosphere and at the Earth's Surface 5. Energy Transfers within the Troposphere and their Influence on Atmospheric Stability Tendencies. Part III: Atmospheric Water 6. Evaporation and Evapotranspiration 7. Condensation Process and Condensation Forms at or close to the Earth's Surface: Dew, Hoar Frost and Fog 8. Condensation Forms in the Troposphere, away from the Earth's Surface: Clouds and Precipitation. Part IV: The Primary Atmospheric Circulation: Global Pressure and Winds at the Earth's Surface and within the Troposphere 9. The Distribution of Global Surface Pressure Systems 10. Surface Airflow 11. Upper Tropospheric Pressure and Wind Systems Part V: Secondary and Tertiary Circulations: Synoptic Situations and Local Air Flows 12. Air Masses and Fronts 13. Weather Disturbances 14. Weather Disturbances of Middle and High Latitudes 15. Tropical Weather Disturbances 16. Tertiary Circulations/Local Air Flows.