LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
FIG. PAGE
1.--Distribution of gases in the atmosphere 9
2.--Seasonal variations in ozone 24
3.--Ozone over field and over swamp 25
4.--Shows light to be invisible while passing through dust-pure air 31
5.--Optically pure air from the lungs renders non-luminous a ray of light 31
6.--Dust counter 33
7.--Comparative size of the sun and the earth 41
8.--Solar and terrestrial synchronism 43
9.--Ångström's electrical compensation pyrheliometer 59
10.--Mercurial thermometers, Weather Bureau pattern 62
11.--Thermometer shelter 65
12.--Richard thermograph (case removed) 67
13.--Course of the sun and relative length of its diurnal arc at different seasons of the year 70
14.--Cause of seasons due to shifting of illuminated hemisphere with movement of earth in its orbit, direction of axis unchanged 71
15.--Axis perpendicular to sun's rays as at the two equinoxes on March 21st and September 22d 71
16.--North pole leaning toward sun's rays as at summer solstice on June 21st, etc. 71
17.--Winter solstice, December 21st 71
18.--Increase of intensity of solar radiation with altitude of sun 74
19.--Varying intensity of insolation received under different angles of incidence of sun's rays 74
20.--Annual variation in the amount of solar radiation 75
21.--Mean monthly gradients of earth temperatures 89
22.--Temperature of the air, of the surface water of the river Elbe, and of the earth at different depths, at Hamburg91
23.--Mean January height of frost or snow level along Greenwich and 90th meridians 94
24.--Mean July height of the frost or snow level along Greenwich meridian 94
25.--Summer and winter vertical gradients of temperature 96
26.--Types of summer vertical gradients of temperature 97
27.--Types of winter vertical gradients of temperature 98
28.--Annual range in temperature 103
29.--Mean monthly temperatures 106
30.--Typical annual temperature curves of different climates 107
31.--Soil temperature in bogs 112
32.--Air, soil and water temperature in bogs 113
33.--Vertical temperature gradient curves extending into isothermal layer 122
34.--The mercurial barometer 128

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  • Title Page iii
  • Preface and Credits vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xv
  • List of Charts xvii
  • Introduction 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • Chapter I the Atmospheres of the Earth and of the Planets 4
  • Bibliography 13
  • Chapter II Atmospheric Air 14
  • Bibliography 26
  • Chapter III MicroÖrganisms and Dust-Motes of the Air 27
  • Bibliography 37
  • Chapter IV Physical Conditions of the Sun and Its Relation to the Earth's Atmosphere 38
  • Bibliography 45
  • Chapter V Heat, Light, and Temperature 46
  • Bibliography 60
  • Chapter VI Thermometry 61
  • Bibliography 68
  • Chapter VII Distribution of Insolation and the Resulting Temperatures of the Atmosphere, the Land, and the Water 69
  • Bibliography 118
  • Chapter VIII the Isothermal Layer 119
  • Bibliography 126
  • Chapter IX Atmospheric Pressure and Circulation 127
  • Bibliography 170
  • Chapter X the Winds of the Globe 172
  • Bibliography 188
  • Chapter XI the Clouds 190
  • Bibliography 198
  • Chapter XII Precipitation 199
  • Bibliography 214
  • Chapter XIII Forecasting the Weather and Storms 216
  • Bibliography 242
  • Chapter XIV Optical Phenomena in Meteorology 244
  • Bibliography 256
  • Chapter XV 258
  • Bibliography 281
  • Appendix 283
  • Charts 285
  • Index 333
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