Weather and Climate Forecasting is an introductory college textbook focusing on applying the scientific method to everyday, severe weather, and climate change forecasting. Studies have shown that these topics are most relevant and engaging to students interested in weather and climate courses satisfying general education requirements in the physical sciences. Furthermore, forecasting is ideal for learning the scientific method because it requires obtaining observations, developing empirical relationships from testable hypotheses, and using theories to make predictions. This emphasis satisfies the learning outcomes of science general education requirements at most colleges and universities. Organized in the progression in which instructors present the scientific method, students will feel like they are practicing science. In addition, the textbook highlights the scientific practices and crosscutting themes of the National Science Education Standards to help students understand what practicing science involves. Focusing on scientific literacy can also serve elementary and secondary science education majors. Advanced topics are highlighted in special boxes to provide instructors with limited forecasting background and the advanced student with relevant deeper content. This book is comprehensive enough to benefit the professional forecaster, general education and beginning meteorology student, and weather enthusiast.
Unit I—Weather and Climate Data
Chapter 1 Weather Data
Chapter 2 Climate Data
Chapter 3 Weather Maps, Radar, and Satellite
Unit 2—Physical Laws, Theories, and Principles
Chapter 4 Laws of Mass and Energy
Chapter 5 Laws of Motion
Chapter 6 Precipitation Principles
Chapter 7 Polar Front Theory
Chapter 8 Circulation Models and Conservation Laws
Unit 3—Weather and Climate Forecasting
Chapter 9 Forecasting Methods and Tools
Chapter 10 Weather Forecast Models
Chapter 11 Climate Models
Chapter 12 Weather and Climate Forecast Products
Chapter 13 Hazardous Weather Forecasting – Snow and Ice Storms, Floods, and Winds
It's clear and easy to understand, with good graphics to support the text. The writing is unique in its accessibility without sacrificing the scientific rigor.
- Jeremy M. Spencer, The University of Akron
Very good reading and an upgrade over my current text. Material was presented in a non-scientific way to stimulate the reader and not immediately confuse them.
- Michael Feely, Joliet Junior College