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by Tim Vasquez

2006 / 304 pp. / ISBN 0-9706840-6-1

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The Weather Forecasting Red Book is a groundbreaking reference that breaks away from theory and helps forecasters tackle everyday prediction problems. The book contains a wealth of information on real-life techniques, methods, and forecast systems. It draws upon a considerable body of experience by the weather services of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada.

The first section deals with observational systems, explaining what quantities of wind, temperature, and pressure really mean. The analysis section defines the standards for map analysis, color schemes. A forecasting section has over a hundred pages of forecasting techniques, pattern recognition, and basic ideas and principles. And of course the important facets of numerical forecast models are explained in detail.

If it's needed at the forecast desk, it's in here.

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 Texas, he is a software programmer, a consulting meteorologist, and a columnist for Weatherwise magazine.


A Observation

A1 Wind 1
A2 Temperature and moisture 7
A3 Clouds 13
A4 Visibility 25
A5 Weather 27
A6 Pressure 31
A7 Satellite imagery 35

B Analysis

B1 Analysis principles 49
B2 Standard levels 51
B3 Scales of motion 55
B4 Wind plots 57
B5 Surface plots 58
B6 Upper air plots 59
B7 Isentropic plots 60
B8 SKEW-T log p 61
B9 Analysis markings 63
B10 Color standards 69

C Forecasting

C1 Methodology 75
C2 Surface systems 77
C3 Upper level systems 95
C4 Vertical motion 101
C5 Fronts 109
C6 Wind 113
C7 Clouds 115
C8 Fog 119
C9 Haze 127
C10 Temperature 131
C11 Thunderstorms 139
C12 Tropical cyclones 147
C13 Winter weather 153
C14 Stability indices 159
C15 Global circulation 171
D Numerical forecasting

D1 Fundamentals 177
D2 Model types 181
D3 Tropical models 185
D4 Pressure methods 189

E Decoding

E1 METAR Aviation Surface 192
E2 TAF Aviation Forecast 194
E3 SYNOP Land Surface 196
E4 TEMP Upper Air 198

F Reference

F1 Constants & variables 203
F2 Greek alphabet 205
F3 Time conversion 207
F4 Pressure conversion 209
F5 Minus 7 LI 211
F6 Heat Index 213
F7 Fujita damage scale 214
F8 Hail size 215
F9 Qualifiers 217
F10 ICAO 218

G Administrative 223
H Glossary 245