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Meteorology FAQ Part 6/7: Print and other resources

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  Meteorology FAQ Part 1/7: Intro
  Meteorology FAQ Part 2/7: Sources of weather data
  Meteorology FAQ Part 3/7: Sources of research data
  Meteorology FAQ Part 4/7: Sources of CD-ROMs
  Meteorology FAQ Part 5/7: Internet resources
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  Meteorology FAQ Part 7/7: List of U.S. State Climatologists 

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Subject: 1) Table of contents 1) Table of contents 2) Overview 3) Books readable by English-reading nonprofessionals 4) Books readable by French-reading nonprofessionals 5) Magazines readable by nonprofessionals 6) Scientific Texts 7) Meteorological History 8) Journals 9) Professional Societies Each (major) section has a "Subject:" line, so you can search on the subject title above to find the section quickly.
Subject: 2) Overview This is a guide to resources for laypersons, students and professionals in meteorology, oceanography, and related disciplines. This section of the FAQ focuses on non-Internet resources -- books and journals rather than WWW sites and newsgroups -- but there are occasional Internet references.
Subject: 3) Books readable by English-reading nonprofessionals "Where to Read about Climate Change" is a list of recommended books and articles available at <URL:>. "Clouds in a Glass of Beer -- Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics" by Craig Bohren. "What Light through Yonder Window Breaks", Craig Bohren. "How to Build a Habitable Planet", Wallace Broecker Microbursts: A Handbook for Visual Identification, Fernando Caracena et al. (Second ed., Washinton: NOAA, 1990) Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena, William Corliss (The Sourcebook Project, Glen Arm, MD, 1977) -- Collection of unusual weather observations from popular and scientific press. To be taken with a grain of salt. "Storms" by William R. Cotton. "Atmospheric Convection" by Kerry Emanuel, Oxford University Press, 1995 "Rainbows, Halos, and Glories", Robert Greenler (Cambridge University Press, 1980) -- atmospheric optics "Sunsets, twilights, and evening skies", Meinel & Meinel (Cambridge University Press, 1983, New York) -- more atmospheric optics "Color and Light in Nature", Lynch (Cambridge University Press, 1995, New York) -- loaded with color photos of both atmospheric and astronomical phenomena, reviewed in the 14 June 1996 _Science_ "Light and colour in the outdoors", M.G.J. Minnaert, Springer 1993, ISBN 3540979352, 0387979352 "Lightning and its Spectrum: An Atlas of Photographs", Leon Salanave (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 1980) "Peterson's Field Guide to the Atmosphere", (mostly) by Vincent Shaeffer: A readable guide to many aspects of modern meteorology, with excellent qualitative coverage of many topics (optical effects, particles, clouds, precipitation) Dozens of good color pics, too. (Rick Russel, reviewer) "Volcano Weather: The Story of 1816, the Year without a Summer", Henry Stommel and Elizabeth Stommel (Newport, RI: Seven Seas Press, 1983) "A View of the Sea", Henry Stommel, Princeton University Press, 1987. "All About Lightning", Martin A. Uman (New York: Dover, 1986) "Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights, and Related Luminous Phenomena", Corliss, W.R., 1982. (Published and distributed by The Sourcebook Project, P.O. Box 107, Glen Arm, MD 21057) Tel: (301) 668-6047 The Nature of Ball Lightning, S. Singer (New York: Plenum Press, 1971) "Atmospheric Phenomena: Readings from Scientific American" (San Francisco: WH Freeman, 1980) "NOAA/NWS Advanced Spotter's Field Guide" (NOAA PA 92055) -- A new and pretty slick 28 p. pamphlet; many photos of tornadoes and sever thunderstorms. (Frank Reddy, reviewer) "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Weather" "WEATHER MAPS - How to Read and Interpret all the Basic Weather Charts" Chaston Scientific, Inc., P.O. Box 758, Kearney, MO 64060 or email ($29, as of Jan 1997 -- second edition). What I like about it from a teaching perspective is that all the meteorological principles are included in the explanation of the weather maps. I particularly like the chapter on weather forecast models, because it explains the process in easy-to-understand, nonmathematical terms. (Thomas Magnuson, reviewer) "Hurricanes!" Written for non-meteorologists. Available Feb 1996 from Chaston Scientific, Inc., P.O. Box 758, Kearney, MO 64060 or email ($29 as of Feb 1996). "Will it Rain? The Effect of the Southern Oscillation and El Nino on Australia", (2nd edition), Edited by I J Partridge. AUS$20, can be ordered from DPI Publications, GPO Box 46, Brisbane 4001, Australia, (07) 239 3100 phone, (07) 239 0860 fax. This is a book for farmers, graziers, students and anyone else interested in the weather and seasonal forecasting. It explains the Southern Oscillation and El Nino. This is a revised and much enlarged version of the original (1991) Will it rain?, and is a companion volume to the software package AUSTRALIAN RAINMAN. Significant Tornadoes, 1680-1991 (with supplement for 1992-1995), Tom Grazulis, 802/748-2505. 1350 pages. The Severe Local Storm Forecasting Primer (second edition of Severe Local Storms Forecasting Environments) John S. Sturtevant. A primer on forecasting techniques for Severe Local Storms. It includes Chart Analysis, Synoptic Situations, Indices Forecasting, Covers Radar, Satellite, Hail, Wind, Tornadoes, Flash Floods, Lightning, Geography, The Future, An Appendix of Computer Weather Services and Weather Software and a Thunderstorm Parameter Worksheet. Available from Weather Scratch Meteorological Services, 140 South Kirkman Street, Florence, Alabama 35630-4312, for $34.95 (checks made payable to Weather Scratch; or email the author at or phone (205) 766-8464, fax (205) 766-8464, WWW <URL:>
Subject: 4) Books readable by French-reading nonprofessionals Gros Temps sur la Planéte, J.-C. Duplessy and P. Morel, Odile Jacob, Paris, 1990 Glaces de l'Antarctique: une Mémoire, des Passions, C. Lorius, Odile Jacob, Paris, 1990 Comprendre la météorologie: La prévision numérique du temps et du climat. Michel Rochas, Jean-Pierre Javelle, Syros, Paris, 1994, 262 pp.
Subject: 5) Magazines readable by nonprofessionals AER, Meteorologia/Climatologia/Agrometeorologia/Ambiente (in Italian) La Météorologie La Recherche (sometimes) Scientific American (occasionally) Weather email (Roger Brugge) WeatherWatch email WXCENTRAL@AOL.COM <URL:> Weatherwise
Subject: 6) Scientific Texts A World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology, by Jon M. Nese, Lee M. Grenci, David J. Mornhinweg, and Timothy W. Owen. A textbook meant for college-level introductory meteorology courses, designed to introduce students to the behavior of the atmosphere and the fundamentals of meteorology. Chapter introductions are available at <URL:> Meteorology Today, C. Donald Ahrens, West Publishing, St. Paul, 1991 (4th edition; there is now a 5th edition, presumably with a new copyright date of 1994.) "This is the book I used in my lower division weather class (in a geography department) and I found it to be excellent" (J. Trust) Ball Lightning and Bead Lightning: Extreme Forms of Atmospheric Electricity, James Dale Barry (New York: Plenum, 1980) Tracers in the Sea, W. S. Broecker and T.-H Peng, Eldigio Press, Palisades, NY, 1982. T. J. Crowley and G. B. North, Paleoclimatology, Oxford University Press, New York, 1991. The Ceaseless Wind - An Introduction to the Theory of Atmospheric Motion John A. Dutton, Dover, 1976, 1986. M. Ghil and S. Childress, Topics in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Atmospheric Dynamics, Dynamo Theory and Climate Dynamics, New York,Springer-Verlag, 1987. Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics by Adrian E. Gill, 1982. Atmospheric Change: an Earth System Perspective, T.E. Graedel and P. J. Crutzen, Freeman, 1993. "An introductory undergraduate textbook requiring very little background (freshman physics and chemistry; in fact most of the book is accessible to someone who has had good high school courses.) Lower-level than your other suggestions but very useful. Should be required reading for all netters :)." (Robert Parson, reviewer) Theory of rotating fluids, by H. Greenspan Climate Change 1992, James Houghton (Cambridge University Press, 1993) A climate modelling primer, A. Henderson-Sellers and K. McGuffie. Chichester ; New York : Wiley, c1987. Climate System Modeling, edited by Kevin Trenberth, Cambridge University Press, 1992. ISBN 0-521043231-6. "[This] is an extremely valuable contribution that goes well beyond previous texts in terms of comprehensive treatment of the climate system....including an introduction to the physical and human dimensions of the climate system, the components of the climate system (atmosphere, ocean, land surface), modeling and parameterization, system coupling and interactions, sensitivity experiments, and futur e prospects....For those who want more than passing knowledge before applying model results, Climate System Modeling should be a reference of choice." (from review by Eric J. Barron) Climate and Development, Karpen, Otten and Trinidade eds., Springer 1990. An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, James R. Holton (Academic Press, New York, 2nd edition 1979, 3rd edition 1992 The Thunderstorm in Human Affairs, ed. by Edwin Kessler (3 vols.). Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 1983 Lindzen, R. S. "Dynamics in Atmospheric Physics" (Cambridge University Press, 1990) "Application of simplified dynamics to the purpose of understanding some of the basic functioning of the atmosphere. Includes discussion of Hadley circulation, gravity waves, tides, climate. A collection of lecture notes, not a reference. Doesn't include an appendix (on purpose!)." (Perry G Ramsey -- reviewer) Boundary Layer Climates, Tim R. Oke (Methuen, 1978, 1987) Pedlosky, J. P. "Geophysical Fluid Dynamics" (Springer-Verlag, 1979, 1987) J. P. Peixoto and A. H. Oort, Physics of Climate, American Institute of Physics, New York, 1992" (exists also in soft cover) Descriptive Physical Oceanography 4th ed, G. L. Pickard and W. J. Emery, Pergamon Press, 1982. Introductory Dynamical Oceanography 2nd ed., S. Pond and G. L. Pickard, Pergamon Press, 1983. Atmospheric Science an introductory survey J. M. Wallace and P. V. Hobbs, Academic Press, 1977. An introduction to three-dimensional climate modeling, Warren M. Washington, Claire L. Parkinson. -- Mill Valley, CA : University Science Books ; Oxford, New York : Oxford University Press, 1986. El Nino, La Nina, and the Southern Oscillation, S.G. Philander, Academic Press, 1990, ISBN 0-12-553235-0 Chemistry of Atmospheres, Richard P. Wayne, 2nd Edition, Oxford 1991: senior or 1st-year graduate level. "The necessary atmospheric dynamics and chemical kinetics are covered in chapters 2 and 3, but some background in these subjects at sophomore or junior level is useful." (Robert Parson, reviewer) The Lightning Discharge, Martin A. Uman (New York: Academic Press, 1987) Lightning, Martin A. Uman (New York: Dover, 1969) Weather and Climate Responses to Solar Variations (Boulder, CO: Colorado Associated University Press, 1983) Solar Variability, Weather, and Climate (Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press, 1982) Trends '91: A Compendium of Data on Global Change (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory -- see the Data FAQ for address). The book and data -- available on disk or via ftp -- are free. Trends '93 due out later this year. (Frank Reddy, reviewer)
Subject: 7) Meteorological History The History of Meteorology: To 1800, H. Howard Frisinger (Boston: American Meteorological Society, 1983) A History of the Theories of Rain, W. E. Knowles Middleton (New York: Franklin Watts, 1965) A History of the Thermometer, W. E. Knowles Middleton (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1966)
Subject: 8) Journals Agricultural and Forest Meteorology edited by: Dr. W. E. Reifsnyder, P.O.Box 739, Questa NM 87556 USA Annales Geophysicae Annals of Glaciology Atmospheric Environment Atmosphere-Ocean Australian Meteorological Magazine Boundary-layer Meteorology published by D. Reidel Pub. Co., Dordrecht, Holland Bollettino Geofisico of the Italian Geophysical Society (Italian and English) Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society Climate Change Climate Dynamics Deep Sea Research Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans Earth and Planetary Science Letters EOS Geophysical Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society Geophysical Research Letters Global Biogeochemical Cycles Il Nuovo Cimento C, Geophysics and space physics published in Bologna Italy, by Editrice Compositori, Via Castiglione 101 Int. J. Biometeorology published by: Springer Verlag New York, Service Center Secaucus, 44 Hartz Way, Secaucus NJ 07094 USA Int. J. Climatology J. Applied Meteorology J. Atmospheric Science J. Climate J. of Fluid Mechanics J. of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics J. Geophysical Research J. Glaciology J. Marine Research J. Oceanic and Atmospheric Technology J. Physical Oceanography J. of the Meteorological Society of Japan Marine Geology Meteorological Applications published by the Royal Meteorological Society Meteorologische Zeitschrift (English and German) published by: Gebrueder Borntraeger, Johannesstrasse 3a, D-70176 Stuttgart, Germany Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics Monthly Weather Review National Weather Association Digest Nature Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics (European Geophysical Society) Ocealologica Acta Paleoceanography Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society Quaternary International Quaternary Research Remote Sensing of the Environment (Elsevier) Reviews of Geophysics Reviews of Geophysics and Space Physics Science Solar Energy Tellus Theoretical and Applied Climatology published by: Springer Verlag, Sachsenplatz 4-6, A-1210 Wien, Austria Weather and Forecasting Wetter und Leben (Weather and Life; in German) edited by: OEsterreichische Gesellschft fuer Meteorologie, Hohe Warte 38, A-1190 Wien, Austria There are a few journal-related resources on the WWW: <URL:> is an index to Internet- accessible supplements to published papers. Such supplements include datasets, plots, source code, and so on. <URL:> is an introduction to the "eprint archive" (electronic preprints) coordinated by GFDL for the atmospheric science community.
Subject: 9) Professional Societies American Meteorological Society <URL:gopher://> American Geophysical Union <URL:> Association professionelle des meteorologistes du Quebec <URL:> Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society PO Box 654E, Melbourne 3001, Australia Fax: (03) 669 4695 Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS). Phone: 819-990-0300 email: Dansk Meteorologisk Selskab c/o Copenhagen University, Geofysisk Afdeling Haraldsgade 6, DK-2200 Copenhagen N Phone: +45 35 32 0567 Deutsche Meteorologische Gesellschaft (German Meteorological Society) DMG Sekretariat, Mont Royal, D-56841 Traben-Trarbach Germany Phone: (+49 6571) 59 12 <URL:> European Geophysical Society PB 49, Max-Planck-Str 1 D-37189 Katlenburg-Lindau Phone: (+49 5556) 1440, Fax: (+49 5556 4709) email: International Glaciological Society Irish Meteorological Society c/o Irish Meteorological Service, Glasnevin Hill, Dublin 9, Ireland Japanese Society of Snow and Ice Phone:+81-3-3261-2339 Fax: +81-3-3262-1923 Meteorological Society of Japan Phone: +81-3-3212-8341 ext.2546 Fax: +81-3-3216-4401 National Weather Association -- operational meteorologists and oceanographers Phone: 205-213-0388 email: The Oceanography Society OEsterreichische Gesellschaft fuer Meteorology Hohe Warte 38, A-1190 Wien, Austria Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium Ringlaan 3, B-1180 Brussels, Belgium tel.: ++32-2-3730501 <URL:> Royal Meteorological Society 104 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 7LJ, UK Phone: 01734 568500 (from within UK) Fax: 01734 568571 (from within UK) <URL:> Société météorologique de France 2, avenue Rapp 75 340 Paris Cedex 07

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