Exercises in Weather and Climate, Fourth Edition

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This lab manual features a wide variety of exercises on weather and climate, including interactive Computer Modules that allow readers to explore topics on Earth-Sun geometry, radiation fluxes, measures of moisture, stability, hurricanes, and climate controls topics. Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere. Earth -Sun Geometry. GEOCLOCK. The Surface Energy Budget. Simulating the Earth's Energy Budget. Atmospheric Moisture. Saturation and Atmospheric Stability. Cloud Droplets and Raindrops. Atmospheric Motion. Weather Map Analysis. Mid-Latitude Cyclones. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes. Hurricanes. Weather Forecasting. Climatic Variability and Change. Simulating Climatic Change. Climatic Controls. Climate Classification. World Climates. For anyone interested in Meterology.

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PREFACE

This lab manual contains exercises for an introductory college-level meteorology course. It combines data analysis, problem solving, and experimentation, with questions designed to encourage critical thinking. The review questions at the end of each chapter are meant to measure comprehension, but more importantly to extend students' thinking about atmospheric processes.

The manual was written to complement either Aguado and Burt's Understanding Weather and Climate, 2d edition or Lutgens and Tarbuck's The Atmosphere, 8th edition. It shares organization, concepts, and graphics with both. However, it should be appropriate for any introductory meteorology laboratory course. I hope that the exercises provide students with a chance to apply what they've learned in lectures or their text. While nearly all questions can be answered from material contained within the manual, a few in each lab will demand that students consider lecture notes or material from their introductory text.

The basic structure of the manual remains the same as previous editions, but revisions have been made to nearly every lab. Labs 10, 11, and 14 have expanded sections on weather map analysis, mid-latitude cyclones, and climatic variability and change respectively. Many new graphics appear in this edition and a majority of old ones have been redrafted. The inclusion of 6 new interactive computer modules marks the most significant change. These modules complement Labs 2, 4, 6, 13, and 14. Questions at the end of each of these labs introduce students to the software, but they are encouraged to ask their own questions and play. As with previous editions, GeoClock Joseph Ahlgren's share ware displaying geographical and seasonal variations in sunlight and an energy balance model written by James E. Burt accompany the manual. Lab 3 requires GeoClock; Labs 5 and 18 require the energy balance model. The CD enclosed at the back of the manual contains all software.

I thank those who contributed to this edition. Mark Anderson, Cecil Keen, Scott Kirsch, John Knox, Scott Robeson, Robert Rohli, Steven Silberberg, and Anthony Vega reviewed the last edition and offered very helpful suggestions. Eric Stevens drafted many of the new figures. Robert Ellis, Xin Kang, and Haiyun Yang assisted with the computer modules. Jim Burt, Bill Kiechle, Cary Mock, Helen Power, Jennifer Rainman, and Donald Yow provided advice, data, and graphics. Mel Grubb took the cover photo and Carol Hall found it for me. Teaching assistants and students from an introductory meteorology course at the University of South Carolina provided helpful critique. Michael Banino, Amanda Griffith, Christine Henry, Dan Kaveney and others at Prentice Hall contributed their expertise throughout the project. Finally, I am indebted to Karen Beidel who gave her time generously, offering extraordinary talents to every aspect of the manual's written and digital form. Without her, there would be no lab manual.

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