Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate
Facts On File, Inc., New York
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Our understanding of weather and climate has grown over centuries. Science has taken the place of guesswork and superstition. This two-volume Encyclopedia summarizes present knowledge in more than 1400 cross-referenced entries' illustrated by more than 350 maps, charts, diagrams, and photographs.
This edition has been completely revised and is substantially different from the first edition. Many of the individual entries in the first edition have been assembled into much longer essays, which is why the total number of entries is now smaller. Other entries have been moved to the appendixes. There are 10 of these, including biographical details of more than 100 important figures in the development of the atmospheric sciences, details of past tropical cyclones and storms, and a chronology of relevant discoveries.
You can use the Encyclopedia to learn how different processes cause the weather we experience day by day. What causes blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and ice ages, as well as ordinary rain showers, dew, fog, and the different types of frost. All these are explained. You will also read about how ideas developed, how meteorological instruments came to be invented - and by whom - and how they work.
The first edition of the Encyclopedia was rated among the top 10 scientific reference sources in 2002, by Booklist, and the School Library Journal described it as “A much-needed resource that does not disappoint”.
‘With the growing interest in climate changes, weather, and the scientific methods of evaluating these phenomena, there has been a need for a basic reference that is accessible. This book stands out because it is an easy-to-understand, well-put-together text.’
Booklist, May 2002.
‘An important resource that will be a welcome addition to public libraries. Libraries owning the first edition would benefit from the update.’
Kathleen A. Welton, Library Journal, October 1, 2007.