Description

This book focuses on the dynamics of clouds and of precipitating mesoscale meteorological systems. Clouds and precipitating mesoscale systems represent some of the most important and scientifically exciting weather systems in the world. These are the systems that produce torrential rains, severe winds including downburst and tornadoes, hail, thunder and lightning, and major snow storms. Forecasting such storms represents a major challenge since they are too small to be adequately resolved by conventional observing networks and numerical prediction models.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Key Highlights of This Text * Provides a complete treatment of clouds integrating the analysis of air motions with cloud structure, microphysics, and precipitation mechanics * Describes and explains the basic types of clouds and cloud systems that occur in the atmosphere-fog, stratus, stratocumulus, altocumulus, altostratus, cirrus, thunderstorms, tornadoes, waterspouts, orographically induced clouds, mesoscale convection complexes, hurricanes, fronts, and extratropical cyclones * Presents a photographic guide, presented in the first chapter, linking the examination of each type of cloud with an image to enhance visual retention and understanding * Summarizes the fundamentals, both observational and theoretical, of atmospheric dynamics, thermodynamics, cloud microphysics, and radar meteorology, allowing each type of cloud to be examined in depth * Integrates the latest field observations, numerical model simulations, and theory * Supplies a theoretical treatment suitable for the advanced undergraduate or graduate level

Readership

Atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, climatologists, atmospheric chemists/physicists, geophysicists, and physical oceanographers.

Table of Contents

Clouds. Fundamental Concepts and Parameterizations: Fundamental Equations Governing Cloud Processes. On Averaging. The Parameterization of Modeling of Microphysical Processes in Clouds. Radiative Transfer in a Cloudy Atmosphere and Its Parameterization. Cumulus Parameterization and Diagnostic Studies of Convective Systems. The Dynamics of Clouds: Fogs and Stratocumulus Clouds. Cumulus Clouds. Cumulonimbus Clouds and Severe Convective Storms. Mesoscale Convective Systems. The Mesoscale Structure of Extratropical Cyclones and Middle and High Level Clouds. The Influence of Mountains on Airflow, Clouds, and Precipitation.

Details

No. of pages:
883
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 1992
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780121925314
Electronic ISBN:
9780080959832

About the editors

William Cotton

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Richard Anthes

Affiliations and Expertise

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

Reviews

@qu:"Cotton and Anthes's Storm and Cloud Dynamics, Volume 44 of the International Geophysics Series, is perfectly timed to provide an up-to-date and authoritative overview of clouds. The scope of the work is ambitious: a description of the physics and dynamics of all clouds in the terrestrial troposphere. Their emphasis on mesoscale phenomena and on the bulk description of physical processes reflects their perspective and expertise as mesoscale numerical modelers...The book is well-produced, consistent with the excellent standards of Academic Press. The chapter references total over 1500 entries (including duplicates) with more than a third from the 1980's. Thus the book provides us with a current survey of the field...The book should appeal to the cloud microphysicist, boundary layer meteorologist, cloud dynamiscist, forecaster, synoptician, nesoscale numerical modeler, climate dynamicist, and theoretician. Each will have his/her knowledge broadened by the juxtaposition of topics and perspectives that this book brings to its subject. In summary, this book is well recommended: it will serve for many years as an indispensable introduction to the vast literature on storms and clouds." @source:--BULLETIN AMERICAN METEOROLOGY SOCIETY @qu:"This book is very timely; it is also detailed, relatively comprehensive, quantitative, and theoretical. The reader will have no problem in finding equations describing the many physical problems involving cloud dynamics. The authors are adept at describing the applications of the equations and speculating about the reason things happen the way they do in clouds and storm systems....The authors draw upon studies by their colleagues and students as well as their own long experience in this field and have produced a comprehensive review rather than a textbook....Their book will be of great assistance to anyone working in the fascinating, rapidly evolving field of storm and cloud dynamics and will be of fundamenta