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Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology

Dynamics, Analysis, and Forecasting

The past decade has been characterized by remarkable advances in meteorological observation, computing techniques, and data-visualization technology. However, the benefit of these advances can only be fully realized with the introduction of a systematic, applied approach to meteorological education that allows well-established theoretical concepts to be applied to modernized observational and numerical datasets.

This textbook links theoretical concepts to modern technology and facilitates the meaningful application of concepts, theories, and techniques using real data. As such, it will both serve those planning careers in meteorological research and weather prediction, and provide a template for the application of modern technology in a classroom and laboratory setting.
Synoptic-dynamic meteorology, synoptically driven mesoscale phenomena, weather forecasting, and numerical weather prediction are covered in depth in this text, which is intended for undergraduates and beginning graduate students in the atmospheric sciences.



345 pages | illustrated in color throughout | 8 x 10 | © 2011

Earth Sciences: Meteorology

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“An excellent synthesis of modern midlatitude synoptic-dynamic meteorology that will serve advanced undergraduate and graduate atmospheric science students as well as working scientists and forecasters very well.”

Lance Bosart, University at Albany, State University of New York

“Lackmann fulfills a desperate need among today’s students and teachers. No book has more approached Rossby’s vision of a bridge across the gap between theory and observation than Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology.”

Dave Schultz, University of Manchester

“Lackmann has given students of meteorology the gift of an outstanding, up-to-date textbook on weather analysis and forecasting. He combines the building blocks of theory with modern observations and modeling to provide an exceptionally clear understanding of the workings of our atmosphere.”

Steven Businger, University of Hawaii

Table of Contents


1. Introduction, Background, and Basics
2. Quasigeostrophic Theory
3. Isentropic Analysis
4. The Potential Vorticity Framework
5. Extratropical Cyclones
6. Fronts
7. Baroclinic Instability
8. Cold-Air Damming
9. Winter Storms
10. Numerical Weather Prediction
11. Weather Forecasting
12. Manual Analysis


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