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Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and the Environment


By: C Donald Ahrens(Author), Robert Henson(Author)

656 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, colour tables

Cengage Learning

Hardback | Jan 2018 | Edition: 12 | #240996 | ISBN-13: 9781337616669
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NHBS Price: £144.00 $188/€164 approx

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Written by expert meteorologists, Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and the Environment shows you how to observe, calculate and synthesize information as a budding scientist and systematically analyze meteorological concepts. Grounded in the scientific method, with hundreds of colour illustrations and diagrams, this highly visual book covers both severe weather systems like tornadoes, thunderstorms and hurricanes, and everyday elements like wind, precipitation and the seasons. Events and issues dominating current news also receive thorough attention, including analysis of U.S. flood disasters, El Nino and La Nina, and recent hurricanes and tornadoes. The MindTap course provides students with engaging features such as Concept Animations, a digital Study Guide, and summative EOC assessment. New assignable Case Study activities in each chapter allow students to apply their knowledge to real life studies and meteorological events.


1. Earth and Its Atmosphere
2. Energy: Warming Earth and the Atmosphere
3. Seasonal and Daily Temperatures
4. Atmospheric Humidity
5. Condensation: Dew, Fog, and Clouds
6. Stability and Cloud Development
7. Precipitation
8. Air Pressure and Winds
9. Wind: Small-Scale and Local Systems
10. Wind: Global Systems
11. Air Masses and Fronts
12. Middle-Latitude Cyclones
13. Weather Forecasting
14. Thunderstorms
15. Tornadoes
16. Hurricanes
17. Earth's Changing Climate
18. Global Climate
19. Air Pollution
20. Light, Color and Atmospheric Optics

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Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. The best-selling author of two Cengage Learning texts, Professor Ahrens received the Textbook and Academic Authors Association's McGuffey Longevity Award for the 9th Edition of his market-leading Meteorology Today. He has influenced countless professionals in the field of atmospheric science as well as hundreds of thousands of students who use his books to better understand weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.

Robert Henson is a meteorologist and senior science writer at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the organization which manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research. An expert on tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes, he has also analyzed how TV weathercasters cover major storms and report on climate change. Henson is the author of four books on meteorology, including The Thinking Person's Guide to Climate Change (previously The Rough Guide to Climate Change), which was shortlisted for the UK Royal Society Prize for Science Books.

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