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Weather Analysis & Forecasting Handbook
2011 / 260 pp. / 136 illustrations
$29.95 / ISBN-10: 0-978-0-9832533-0-3
apprx. 7 x 10" / True bound / Offset monochrome print / Glossy color cover
Premiering in 2011, Weather Analysis & Forecasting Handbook is the ultimate guidebook for anyone who needs to know the details of operational weather analysis and forecasting, not just theoretical aspects and basic concepts. It is written for actual forecasting without difficult math or a extensive review of physics and weather history. All of the content is state of the art as of 2011, covering all the same concepts and techniques that National Weather Service forecasters practice on a daily basis. Among those who will enjoy the title are meteorology professionals, students, pilots, flight dispatchers, amateurs, storm chasers, and spotters.
Basic physical concepts are reviewed, and then the book covers thermodynamics, surface analysis, and upper analysis. There is a thorough overview of weather systems, including their thermal structure, dynamics, and effects. Special problems such as thunderstorms, winter weather, and tropical weather are treated in detail. The margins are filled with forecasting facts, hard-hitting quotes, educational stories, and even a few fun weather jokes. With added emphasis on analysis, visualization, and awareness of model limitations, readers learn to use tools properly and are always a step ahead.
Weather Analysis & Forecasting Handbook is the perfect companion to our other major title, Weather Map Handbook Handbook, and to the meteorologist's desk reference Weather Forecasting Red Book. It replaces the Weather Forecasting Handbook, though we will continue to make the former title available to those who want to collect it.
About the author
Tim Vasquez began a meteorology career in 1984 writing the weather page for a Dallas newspaper. From 1989 to 1998 he was an Air Force meteorologist and worked at two television stations. He developed the Digital Atmosphere weather analysis software system in use worldwide. Residing in Austin, Texas, he is a software programmer, a consulting meteorologist, and a columnist for Weatherwise magazine.