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The Facts on File weather and climate handbook
Allaby, Michael.
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New York : Facts on File, [2002]

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xiii, 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
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With the topics of weather and climate increasingly at the forefront of world attention, it is important to understand the relevant terms, definitions, and phenomena that one may be familiar with. Including more than 2000 entries, this handbook offers basic information about atmospheric processes, the sciences of climatology and meteorology, and the people who have made their mark in these disciplines. Topics covered include: acid rain, Beaufort wind scale; cooling degree days; glacial period; ice storm; mean temperature; sunspot; temperature-humidity index; veil of cloud; and zone of maximum precipitation.

Author Notes

Michael Allaby resides in Tighnabruaich, Scotland.

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Prolific editor and author Allaby attempts in this latest Facts on File volume to summarize important information about weather and climate. It has four sections, of which the glossary is largest. It offers concise definitions of more than 2,200 technical terms and phrases, some illustrated with black-and-white diagrams. The biographies section consists of sketches of 100 important scientists, Aristotle to the present. The chronology lists important discoveries in atmospheric science, global warming being the focus of the 20th century. The charts and maps section offers 26 miscellaneous charts, including "Air Density and Height" and "Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale." Allaby also provides a recommended reading and Web site list. The book is reasonably priced, but requires a science background to understand much of its content. It should be used to supplement other weather/climate books, e.g., Thomas P. Grazulis's Significant Tornadoes, 1680-1991 (1993) and The Weather Almanac (CH, Apr'98). Upper-division undergraduates and higher. J. A. Badics Eastern Michigan University



Topics covered include: Area Forecast Bioclimatology Dust Bowl Greenhouse Gas La Niña Severe-storm Observation Veil of Cloud. Biographies include: Svante Arrhenius Christoph Buys Ballot Francis Beaufort Anders Celsius Vagn Ekman Jean-Baptiste Fourier George Hadley Daniel Rutherford Alfred Wegener. Table, charts, and diagrams include: Albedo Cloud Classification Cyclone Names Distribution of Fresh Water Mean Snow Line Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale SI Units and Conversions UV Index. Excerpted from The Facts on File Weather and Climate Handbook by Michael Allaby All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Section 1 Glossaryp. 1
Section 2 Biographiesp. 189
Section 3 Chronologyp. 253
Section 4 Charts & Tablesp. 263
Appendix Recommended Reading & Useful Websitesp. 283
Indexp. 287