a. A graphical representation, based on the latest information, of the relative proportions, at various elevations, of all the important gases of the atmosphere.
b. A discussion of the importance of dust particles in the air to the widely different phenomena of sky light, by which we get indirect illumination, and the condensation that precedes and leads to precipitation.
c. A discussion, with the aid of an elaborate series of diagrams based on extensive cloud observations, of the movements of the air at various elevations in cyclones and anticyclones.
d. A discussion, illustrated with diagrams, of the vertical distribution of temperature during different seasons and different weather conditions.
e. An account, both descriptive and explanatory, of the isothermal layer, which, as sounding balloons have shown, is always and everywhere present.
f. A chapter on weather forecasting, illustrated by over thirty typical charts of the weather. A study of this chapter should enable the layman, with the aid of a daily weather map, to make a good forecast of the coming, weather for two or three days ahead.

Weather and Climate. --Many of the phenomena of which we shall treat may be broadly classified under the terms Weather and Climate. Weather expresses the conditions of the air at a definite time. One may properly speak of the weather of yesterday, but not of the climate, which is determined by taking the average of all the meteorological observations for a period of time great enough to eliminate the irregularities due to the variations of the weather from day to day. The science of weather, or dynamic meteorology, will receive the larger share of our attention; it treats of the generation and the movement of storms, the production of clouds and rain, the heating of the air, and the general circulation of the atmosphere.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

General Works on Meteorology

J. HANN'S "Lehrbuch der Meteorologie," 1st ed., Leipzig, 1901; 2d ed., Leipzig, 1906, is the most complete digest of current knowledge and opinion in most departments of meteorology. The first edition is rich in bibliographical references; the second is reduced in size, for use as a text- book. Teachers and advanced students who can read German should have access to both. There is no English translation.

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Table of contents

  • 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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