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Meteorology Today, 11th Edition

  • C. Donald Ahrens Modesto Junior College
  • Robert Henson Weather Underground
  • ISBN-10: 1305113586  |  ISBN-13: 9781305113589
  • 656 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2007, 2000
  • © 2016 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $180.00

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Overview

Meteorologist C. Donald Ahrens and new co-author Robert Henson combine the latest in weather, climate, and earth science to introduce students to METEOROLOGY TODAY, 11th Edition. Grounded in the scientific method, this engaging and highly visual text shows students how to observe, calculate, and synthesize information as budding scientists, systematically analyzing meteorological concepts and issues. Specific discussions center on severe weather systems, such as tornadoes, thunderstorms, and hurricanes, as well as everyday elements, such as wind, precipitation, condensation, masses and fronts, and the seasons. Events and issues dominating today's news cycles also receive thorough attention, and include analysis of Superstorm Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, recent findings from the US National Climate Assessment and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and more. METEOROLOGY TODAY, 11th Edition is a dynamic learning tool packed with self-testing features such as end-of-chapter summaries, key terms, review questions, exercises and problems, live animations, web links—and even a full online course from MindTap™, complete with interactive tools that take student learning to atmospheric heights.

Features and Benefits

  • Chapter Vignettes: Compelling stories begin each chapter to draw students into the discussion naturally and raise their interest in meteorology and climate change.
  • Inquiring Features: In-text queries and four types of questions at the end of each chapter help students recall significant material, test their understanding, and improve problem-solving abilities.
  • Focused Discovery: "Focus On" boxes examine concepts at greater depth to add realistic context and meaning to meteorological observation methods, environmental issues, and a variety of more advanced topics.
  • Climate Finds: "Weather Watch" boxes highlight interesting weather facts or astonishing meteorological events that may not be commonly known.
  • Online Appendices: These handy online resources allow students explore actual weather data, such as world temperature and precipitation extremes over a 30 year period, and apply them to assignments and projects to develop reasoning and quantitative skills.

Table of Contents

1. Earth and Its Atmosphere.
2. Energy: Warming the 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.

What's New

  • Empirical Knowledge: A new introductory section in Chapter 1 introduces students to the scientific method as it applies to atmospheric studies, and then continues the theme throughout the remaining text.
  • Accessible Data: A new icon in the readings points students to online appendices containing three decades of world temperatures, rainfall, and other key historical data for use in critical thinking and quantitative projects.
  • Contemporary Events: Thorough updates to the readings include the newest discussions on Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, the Oklahoma tornadoes, climate change, and findings from the 2014 US National Climate Assessment and 2013-2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

C. Donald Ahrens

Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. The bestselling 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

Robert Henson is a meteorologist and science writer at Weather Underground and a former science writer at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, the organization that 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.