Weather Studies: Introduction to Atmospheric Science

  • A comprehensive introductory-level weather textbook
  • Enduring Ideas at the end of each chapter
  • Engaging chapter essays exploring chapter topics in depth
  • Review and critical thinking questions for all chapters
  • Expansive collection of full-color photographs and line art

The Weather Studies textbook, offered as an ebook with a print on demand option, includes 15 chapters exploring the atmosphere from an Earth-system perspective. In the sixth edition, AMS updated the science and case studies and added new photographs and line drawings.

The new edition includes numerous Topics in Depth, which serve as a jumping off point from the chapter narrative. New, expanded, or significantly revised topics in the sixth edition include explanation of the scientific method (Chapter 2), Mars missions to explore past presence of liquid water on the planet’s surface and possibilities for life (Chapter 2), the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report and National Climate Assessment findings about climate change (Chapters 3 and 15), cloud droplet formation (Chapter 7), remote sensing of precipitation (Chapter 7), snow rollers (Chapter 8), the frequency of El Niño and La Niña (Chapter 9), El Niño and coral bleaching (Chapter 9), thundersnow (Chapter 11), transient luminous events (Chapter 11), the 2012 Mid-Atlantic derecho (Chapter 11), Superstorm Sandy (Chapter 12), hot towers (Chapter 12), trends in hurricane frequency (Chapter 12), and computer modeling (Chapter 13). 

The Weather Studies textbook may be used in conjuction with the Investigations Manual and RealTime Weather Portal or by itself. If you are a faculty member interested in using the Weather Studies materials in a current or future course offering, you may request an examination copy of the digital Textbook and Manual, which includes guest access to the RealTime Weather Portal.

Orders for the Weather Studies textbook and/or other course materials can be placed through your college bookstore. Go to the Order Class Materials page for details. Students can also place orders directly through the AMSEDU Bookstore.

Brief Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Monitoring Weather (copyright notice)
Chapter 2: Atmosphere: Origin, Composition & Structure
Chapter 3: Solar & Terrestrial Radiation
Chapter 4: Heat, Temperature & Atmospheric Circulation
Chapter 5: Air Pressure
Chapter 6: Humidity, Saturation & Stability
Chapter 7: Clouds, Precipitation & Weather Radar
Chapter 8: Wind & Weather
Chapter 9: Atmosphere’s Planetary Circulation
Chapter 10: Weather Systems of Middle Latitudes
Chapter 11: Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
Chapter 12: Tropical Weather Systems
Chapter 13: Weather Analysis and Forecasting
Chapter 14: Light & Sound in the Atmosphere
Chapter 15: Climate & Climate Change
Appendix I: Conversion Factors
Appendix II: Milestones in the History of Atmospheric Science
Appendix III: Climate Classification 

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