Storm and Cloud Dynamics

Storm and Cloud Dynamics

1st Edition - August 24, 1992

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  • Authors: William Cotton, Richard Anthes
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080959832

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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

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@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


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.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 883
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1992
  • Published: August 24, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080959832

About the Authors

William Cotton

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

Richard Anthes

Affiliations and Expertise

National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado

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