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30-Second Weather: The 50 most significant phenomena and events, each explained in half a minute
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Adam Scaife
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30-Second Weather: The 50 most significant phenomena and events, each explained in half a minute

Adam Scaife



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If you only have 30 seconds, there is time - using this book - to make sense of the science behind the seeming vagaries of the weather, the controversies, predictions and forecasts for climate change that shape our day-to-day experiences of the great outdoors. Ever since Aristotle first tried to explain the forces that seem to fall from the heavens, meteorology has opened up the study of weather, and caused disputes over the reasons why seasons change, where precipitation falls, why winds blow and when the sun shines. From halcyon days to hurricanes, supercells to silver linings, global warming to giant hailstones, here is the ultimate guide to a near-universal preoccupation: what's the weather like?

By:   Adam Scaife
Imprint:   Ivy
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 195mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781782407546
ISBN 10:   1782407545
Series:   30 Second
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   April 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

8 Introduction 12 The Elements 14 GLOSSARY 16 Air 18 Layers of the atmosphere 20 Seasons 22 Clouds 24 Rain 26 Frost 28 Snow 30 Hail 32 Fog 34 Profile: Lewis Fry Richardson 36 Pressure, isobars, cyclones and anticyclones 38 Coriolis Force 40 Wind: atmospheric balance 42 Local winds 44 The Global Atmosphere 46 GLOSSARY 48 Air masses and weather fronts 50 Jet streams 52 Storm tracks 54 Atmospheric waves 56 Profile: Carl-Gustaf Rossby 58 Blocking, heatwaves and cold snaps 60 Hadley circulation and deserts 62 Trade winds 64 Rainy seasons 66 Monsoons 68 Polar vortex 70 The Sun 72 GLOSSARY 74 Blue sky 76 Sunshine 78 Rainbows 80 Mirages, sundogs and haloes 82 Sunspots and climate 84 Profile: Gilbert Walker 86 Space weather 88 Weather Watching & Forecasting 90 GLOSSARY 92 Weather records 94 Profile: Jule Charney 96 Weather satellites and radar 98 Weather forecasting 100 Chaos 102 Climate prediction 104 Can We Change the Weather? 106 GLOSSARY 108 The ozone hole 110 Global warming and the greenhouse effect 112 Profile: Svante Arrhenius 114 Acid rain and atmospheric pollution 116 Contrails 118 Weather Cycles 120 GLOSSARY 122 Madden Julian oscillation 124 El Nino and La Nina 126 North Atlantic oscillation 128 Quasi-biennial oscillation 130 Pacific decadal oscillation 132 Atlantic multidecadal oscillation 134 Past climates and the Little Ice Age 136 Milankovitch cycles 138 Profile: Milutin Milankovic 140 Extreme Weather 142 GLOSSARY 144 Thunderstorms and lightning 146 Hurricanes and typhoons 148 Tornadoes 150 Sudden stratospheric warming 152 Profile: Edward Lorenz 154 Notes on Contributors 156 Resources 158 Index 160 Acknowledgments

Professor Adam Scaife is head of Monthly to Decadal Prediction at the UK Met Office and honorary visiting Professor at Exeter University. He investigates mechanisms and predictability of weather and climate and has over 20 years experience in modelling the atmosphere with computer models. He has published around 100 scientific papers in leading journals and his recent studies include exciting new evidence for long range predictability of winter weather. His work has helped understand how the freezing European winters of the 1960s gave way to the mild, wet winters of the 1990s and how other effects like El Nino and solar variability affect our climate. Professor Scaife was recently awarded the Lloyd's of London Science of Risk Research Prize for Climate Change research and the L.G. Groves prize for Meteorology. He regularly communicates the latest meteorological science to the public via television, newspapers and other media.

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