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 a digital book with a print on demand option, includes 15 chapters exploring the atmosphere from an Earth-system perspective. In the seventh edition, AMS updated the science and case studies and added new photographs and line drawings.

Students explore twelve principal themes, plus three independent themes, arranged by chapter. Themes are organized so that Earth’s atmosphere emerges as an interactive system subject to physical laws. Chapter 1 focuses on sources of weather information, and Chapter 2 covers the origin, composition, and structure of the atmosphere. Chapter 3 examines Earth’s radiation budget, which Chapter 4 follows with the controls of temperature and atmospheric circulation via the radiation budget. Chapter 5 focuses on air pressure measurement and implications of horizontal and vertical changes in air pressure. Chapter 6 addresses humidity, saturation, and stability, which leads into Chapter 7 as it details cloud and precipitation formation and types. Chapter 8 focuses on the forces governing atmospheric circulation, and Chapter 9 covers planetary-scale circulation features, including oscillations. Chapter 10 describes mid-latitude weather systems, while Chapter 11 details thunderstorms and tornadoes and Chapter 12 details tropical storms and hurricanes. The independent themes, Chapter 13 covers weather analysis and forecasting, Chapter 14 delves into atmospheric optics and acoustics, and Chapter 15 describes aspects of climate and climate change. All chapters have accompanying investigations in the Investigations Manual.

The Weather Studies textbook may be used in conjunction 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, Manual, and 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 the 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 & Forecasting
Chapter 14: Light & Sound in the Atmosphere
Chapter 15: Climate & Climate Change

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