Weather and the Ocean of Air

Weather and the Ocean of Air

Weather and the Ocean of Air

Weather and the Ocean of Air

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There is small excuse for a new book in any field unless it has something new and something worth while to offer the reader.

Most books in the weather field have so far been either formal science -- aerology for aerologists; or over-popularized science -- physical knowledge twisted out of its true shape to intrigue the layman. This book is neither; its aim, at least, is to interpret science. It is addressed primarily to weather amateurs and intelligent laymen who love the face of Nature and revere her great unchanging truths.

Within the past few years weather analysis and forecasting have been completely revolutionized and vastly improved by the introduction of 'air-mass-and-front analysis.' As officer in charge of United States Army weather stations throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, I had some part in converting the Army Aerological Service to routine use of these new methods during the years between 1934 and 1937. And unlike any previous volume addressed to the general reader, this book embodies air-mass-and-front analysis as an innate and never- forgotten element of its whole outlook.

This book gives due space and emphasis, also, to our parent Sun and its fascinating variations as the ultimate primary cause of all our earthly weather; and to the researches now delving into all possible connections between solar chords and earthly echoes.

Weather formations -- cyclones and fronts -- are generally more typical and more violent on the ocean than on the land. Hence I have spent considerable time -- perhaps six months in all -- in passenger liners, freight steamers, fishing boats, motor yachts, and sailing yachts, making weather observations and drawing weather maps on the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The immense and never-ending pageant of weather, moreover, must always be viewed as three-dimensional -- a viewpoint . . .

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