The Climates of the United States

The Climates of the United States

The Climates of the United States

The Climates of the United States

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The purpose of this book is to give a concise and systematic account of the climates of the United States, as complete as is possible within reasonable limits. No volume since Lorin Blodget's Climatology of the United States (1857) has attempted to cover this ground. While many of Blodget's generalizations still hold true, his discussion, as well as the data upon which it was based, is from our present point of view incomplete and unsatisfactory. ProfessorAlfred J. Henry Climatology of the United States (1906), useful as it is, was intended to be little more than a collection of numerical data.

In the present volume I have endeavored to bring together all the essential facts regarding the climates of the United States so that the majority of my readers may not need to seek additional information outside its pages. Those who for any reason may wish to make further study of the subject will find throughout the text abundant references to the literature. It is obvious that a single volume such as this cannot enter into the details of local climates. It must inevitably concern itself with the outstanding features of the larger climatic provinces only, and must often treat even those rather briefly. I trust, however, that my treatment is sufficiently complete to serve all the ordinary purposes of teachers and students of geography, and particularly of such as are giving special attention to climate. I have also had it constantly in mind to make the book useful to medical men, to foresters, to agriculturists, as well as to the general public. I have endeavored to make the presentation vivid by frequent references to the human relations of the various climatic elements and phenomena.

It is my earnest hope that this book may accomplish two things. First, I am anxious that it shall emphasize the very important work already done, both officially by the Weather Bureau . . .

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