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EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATE is a unique textbook solution for the fast-growing market of non-majors science courses focused on extreme weather. With strong foundational coverage of the science of meteorology, EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATE introduces the causes and impacts of extreme weather events and conditions. Students learn the science of meteorology in context of important and often familiar weather events such as Hurricane Katrina and they'll explore how forecast changes in climate may influence frequency and/or intensity of future extreme weather events. An exciting array of photos and illustrations brings the intensity of weather and its sometimes devastating impact to every chapter. Written by a respected and unique author team, this book blends coverage found in Don Ahrens’ market-leading texts with insights and technology support contributed by co-author Perry Samson. Professor Samson has developed an Extreme Weather course at the University of Michigan that is the fastest-growing science course at the university.

C. Donald Ahrens, Modesto Junior College

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.

Perry J. Samson, University of Michigan

Perry Samson is currently a professor in the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan. Samson holds an Arthur F. Thurmond Professorship in recognition of "outstanding contributions to undergraduate education" and is recipient of the university's Teaching Innovation Prize. Professor Samson annually leads a team of undergraduate students to study the formation of supercell thunderstorms in the Great Plains. He is also a co-founder of the popular weather website, The Weather Underground (
  • Trusted content from Don Ahren's leading meterology texts has been adapted to create this unique solution for fast-growing courses focused on extreme weather (as well as the changing meteorology course.)
  • The book is ideal for non-majors, but remains squarely focused on the science behind nature's powerful forces.
  • The authors' down-to-earth wrting style is ideal for students taking a non-majors course. However, the narrative also fully develops the underlying meterological principles behind extreme weather events.
  • Visually exciting photos and figures help bring the power and potential devastation of extreme weather events into clear focus.
  • Strong technology support for both students and instructors accompanies your adoption. Students can access animations, videos, flashcards, quizzes, and weblinks through the Book Companion Website. An electronic Instructor's Manual offers chapter summaries, answers to in-text questions, and a comprehensive Test Bank includes an array of question types designed to test student comprehension.
1. The Turbulent Atmosphere.
2. Energy That Drives the Storms.
3. Temperature and Humidity Extremes.
4. Condensation in the Atmosphere.
5. Clouds and Stability.
6. Precipitation Extremes.
7. Atmospheric Motions.
8. Wind Systems.
9. Air Masses and Fronts.
10. Mid-Latitude Cyclonic Storms.
11. Thunderstorms.
12. Tornadoes.
13. Hurricanes.
14. Forecasting.
15. Climate Modifications and Change.

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  • ISBN-10: 1133383688
  • ISBN-13: 9781133383680
  • STARTING AT $17.49

  • STARTING AT $25.99

  • ISBN-10: 0495118575
  • ISBN-13: 9780495118572
  • Bookstore Wholesale Price $123.00
  • RETAIL $163.95

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.



ISBN: 9781439045503
This one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides and images. In addition to a full Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, PowerLecture also includes an image bank, animations, and videos.

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781439045480
This no-cost instructor resource includes print-ready online versions of the Instructor's Manual & Test Bank for EXTREME WEATHER AND CLIMATE, 1E. The Instructor's Manual includes chapter summaries, teaching suggestions, student projects, and answers to in-text review questions while the Test Bank offers an array of question types designed to test student comprehension. These online resources will be posted to eBank as well as to the Instructor Companion Website.


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ISBN: 9780840035073