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Making Sense of Weather and Climate: The Science Behind the Forecasts

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How do meteorologists design forecasts for the next day's, the next week's, or the next month's weather? Are some forecasts more likely to be accurate than others, and why? Making Sense of Weather and Climate takes readers through key topics in atmospheric physics and presents a cogent view of how weather relates to climate, particularly climate-change science. It is the p ...more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published January 17th 2017 by Columbia University Press
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Clare O'Beara
The author starts by saying that you don't need any more than a basic understanding of science and math to grasp his text. He does however proceed at a great rate with copious terms from physics and meteorology, so I'm recommending this book for those who are definitely interested in the science and have a good grounding, and are not deterred by technical terms which are explained well and used throughout.

Weather is the movement of air and water. From the water cycle and carbon cycle, the forma
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Ross
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a good overview of why we have weather and why weather defines the climate at a given time and place. This is a technical read explaining the physics and the author says he has written for a general audience that has at least taken high school physics. I would say that physics 101 at a college level is closer to the mark. It is well written and entertaining as well.
There is a brief history of the development of the climate models since the 1950's to the complex supercomputer models of to
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Marzie
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair review.

This is a very accessible introduction to the the meteorological sciences that comprise weather and climate. From latent heat to greenhouse effects to El Niño/La Niña and extreme weather events (heat, drought, flooding, etc), this book provides a layperson with a clearly illustrated understanding of how our planet's climate, and what we call weather, operate. The book manages to take a pretty apolitical tone. Frankly, I
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Kes
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really readable book which explains complex concepts without going too much into the mathematical proofs. I particularly liked the explanation for chaotic sequences - I felt that was really well done.

There are ten chapters:

1. Feeling the Heat - a good explanation of local astronomy and how the earth obtains energy. This chapter starts at the larger scale of the earth in the context of the solar system. I found this part to be the hardest part of the book because of the sheer level of a
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Wendy Yang
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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great!!! Very readable introduction to the subject with sufficient depth to mull upon
GONZA
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
As I think almost everybody, I've always wondered about the weather forecast and their "special magic". This book helped me to understand the way it works and all the variables that are involved in this really complicated process. This manual can be really complicated but still the author try to find a way to explain how it works, brilliant and interesting.

Come penso la maggior parte delle persone, mi sono sempre chiesta come funzionino le "magiche previsioni del tempo" e questo libro mi aiutato
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