Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes

ISBN-10: 0470742135

ISBN-13: 9780470742136

Edition: 2010

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Description: Mesoscale Meteorology in Mid-Latitudes presents the dynamics of mesoscale meteorological phenomena in a highly accessible, student-friendly manner. The book's clear mathematical treatments are complimented by high-quality photographs and illustrations. Comprehensive coverage of subjects including boundary layer mesoscale phenomena, orographic phenomena and deep convection is brought together with the latest developments in the field to provide an invaluable resource for mesoscale meteorology students.Mesoscale Meteorology in Mid-Latitudes functions as a comprehensive, easy-to-use undergraduate textbook while also providing a useful reference for graduate students, research scientists and weather industry professionals.Illustrated in full colour throughout Includes self assessment problems for every chapter Covers the latest developments and research in the field Comprehensive coverage of deep convection and its initiationUses real life examples of phenomena taken from broad geographical areas to demonstrate the practical aspects of the science

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Book details

Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 2/9/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 430
Size: 8.00" wide x 10.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.926
Language: English

Series Foreward
Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Symbols
General Principles
What is the Mesoscale?
Space and time scales
Dynamical distinctions between the mesoscale and synoptic scale
Basic Equations and Tools
Thermodynamics
Mass conservation
Momentum equations
Vorticity and circulation
Pressure perturbations
Thermodynamic diagrams
Hodographs
Mesoscale Instabilities
Static instability
Centrifugal instability
Inertial instability
Symmetric instability
Shear instability
Lower Tropospheric Mesoscale Phenomena
The Boundary Layer
The nature of turbulent fluxes
Surface energy budget
Structure and evolution of the boundary layer
Boundary layer convection
Lake-effect convection
Urban boundary layers
The nocturnal low-Level wind maximum
Air Mass Boundaries
Synoptic fronts
Drylines
Outflow boundaries
Mesoscale boundaries originating from differential surface heating
Mesoscale Gravity Waves
Basic wave conventions
Internal gravity wave dynamics
Wave reflection
Critical levels
Structure and environments of ducted mesoscale gravity waves
Bores
Deep Moist Convection
Convection Initiation
Requisites for convection initiation and the role of larger scales
Mesoscale complexities of convection initiation
Moisture convergence
Elevated convection
Organization of Isolated Convection
Rote of vertical wind shear
Single-cell convection
Multicellular convection
Supercellular convection
Mesoscale Convective Systems
General characteristics
Squall line structure
Squall line maintenance
Rear inflow and bow echoes
Mesoscale convective complexes
Hazards Associated with Deep Moist Convection
Tornadoes
Nontornadic, damaging straight-Line winds
Hailstorms
Flash floods
Orographic Mesoscale Phenomena
Thermally Forced Winds in Mountainous Terrain
Slope winds
Valley winds
Mountain Waves and Downslope Windstorms
Internal gravity waves forced by two-dimensional terrain
Gravity waves forced by isolated peaks
Downslope windstorms
Rotors
Blocking of the Wind by Terrain
Factors that govern whether air flows over or around a terrain obstacle
Orographically trapped cold-air surges
Lee vortices
Gap flows
Appendix
A Radar and Its Applications
Radar basics
Doppler radar principles
Applications
References
Index
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