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Meteorology Today: An Introduction to Weather, Climate and the Environment,
12th Edition

C. Donald Ahrens, Robert Henson

ISBN-13: 9781337616669 | ISBN-10: 1337616664

Copyright 2019

| Published 2018

| 656 pages

List Price USD $149.95

Overview

METEOROLOGY TODAY: AN INTRODUCTION TO WEATHER, CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT by meteorologists C. Donald Ahrens and Robert Henson combines the latest in weather, climate and earth science to introduce students to the concepts and current issues of meteorology. Grounded in the scientific method, the new edition of this highly visual text shows students how to observe, calculate and synthesize information as budding scientists. Specific discussions center on severe weather systems like tornadoes and hurricanes, as well as everyday elements like wind, precipitation and the seasons. The MindTap course provides students with engaging features such as Concept Animations, a digital Study Guide, and summative EOC assessment. New assignable Case Study activities in each chapter allow students to apply their knowledge to real life studies and meteorological events.

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Meet the Authors

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Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. 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 him a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments. The bestselling author of two Cengage texts, Professor Ahrens received the Textbook and Academic Authors Association's McGuffey Longevity Award for the 9th Edition of his market-leading METEOROLOGY TODAY.

Robert Henson is a meteorologist and science writer at The Weather Company 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 also has 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.

  • CASE STUDIES: These articles (1 per chapter) are selected by our co-author and meteorologist Robert Henson from sources such as the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Students will directly access academic and newsworthy papers on modern developments and meteorological trends, allowing them to apply their knowledge from the classroom to real-world events and discoveries. The supplemental summaries and assessment within the course contain auto-graded question assignments.
  • CONCEPT ANIMATIONS: These carefully crafted depictions of important processes and phenomena are now introduced at the front of the textbook in a dedicated section. Concept Animations include illustrations of atmospheric stability, ice crystal formation, the stages of midlatitude cyclones and more, and are accessed through the MindTap platform, which can be acquired separately or together with print or loose-leaf versions of the textbook. NEW to this edition are additional animations on topics such as atmospheric layers, Planck’s Law and blackbody radiation, and El Niño/La Niña.
  • CASE STUDIES: These articles (1 per chapter) are selected by our co-author and meteorologist Robert Henson from sources such as the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Students will directly access academic and newsworthy papers on modern developments and meteorological trends, allowing them to apply their knowledge from the classroom to real-world events and discoveries. The supplemental summaries and assessment within the course will contain auto-graded question assignments, which are also authored by Dr. Henson.
  • END OF CHAPTER PROBLEMS AND EXERCISES: These problems from the book are adapted (by co-author Robert Henson) into multiple choice assignments that function as summative assessments for students at the end of each chapter.
  • END OF CHAPTER PROBLEMS AND EXERCISES: These problems from the book are adapted into multiple choice assignments that function as summative assessments for students at the end of each chapter.
  • CONTEMPORARY EVENTS: Thorough updates to the readings include discussion of major U.S. floods and precipitation events from South Carolina to California, recent tropical cyclones in the Atlantic and elsewhere, the very strong El Niño event of 2015-16 and its surprising aspects, and the string of record-breaking global temperatures that extended from 2014 through 2016.
  • NEW GENERATIONS OF SATELLITES: A new focus box spotlights the many innovations in the newly introduced GOES-R series of geostationary satellites. Images and descriptions of other recently deployed platforms, such as those in NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement mission, are also included at several points.
  • ONLINE APPENDICES: These handy online resources allow students to 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.
  • 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.
  • CLIMATE FINDS: "Weather Watch" boxes highlight interesting weather facts or astonishing meteorological events that may not be commonly known.
  • HIGH-IMPACT PHENOMENA: Thunderstorms, tornadoes and hurricanes are each covered through in-depth chapters, engaging students with dramatic real-world examples and relevant concepts.
  • CHAPTER VIGNETTES: Compelling stories begin each chapter, drawing students into the discussion naturally and raising their interest in meteorology and climate change.
  • 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.

Table of Contents

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. Earth and Its Atmosphere
2. Energy: Warming 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

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