Indiana's Weather and Climate

Indiana's Weather and Climate

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There's more to Indiana weather than what greets us when we go outdoors. Ever wonder why the daily weather report is so erratic? Why the seasons seem to come too early or start too late? Whether there really is such a thing as global warming? This fascinating and informative book tells the story behind the daily forecast, seasonal variations, and climate change. It explains why there are seasons in this part of the world and examines some of their more dramatic aspects-thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and snowstorms. Here you'll find information on forecasting, weather satellites, and data collection; on faraway events that influence Indiana's weather, such as El Nino; and on long- and short-term changes in Indiana's climate beginning more than 1,000 years ago. Air pollution, urban heat islands, "the LaPorte anomaly"-it's all here in this comprehensive and up-to-date more

Product details

  • Book | 192 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 12.7mm | 612.35g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253220564
  • 9780253220561

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"John Oliver has produced a record of distinguished scholarship during his career and there is tremendous need and value in this particular book for Hoosiers." -John Harrington, Jr., Kansas State University "Created by Oliver (emer., Indiana State), the editor of the Encyclopedia of World Climatology (CH, Mar'06, 43-3766), this detailed, glossy reference work is an excellent source of information on the weather and climate of Indiana. The book's topical arrangement by season allows it to act as a springboard to the type of weather one would typically encounter throughout the year, such as tornadoes in spring and continental and lake-effect snows in winter. The seasonal chapters are punctuated by short articles of interest highlighting specific topics or techniques to study weather and climate. Chapters on past climates, future climates, and how weather is monitored via the local offices of the National Weather Service and the Cooperative Weather Program are included. The text is written in simple, straightforward prose and is profusely illustrated with informative color pictures, maps, graphs, and charts. A glossary and bibliography of further readings round out the text. Hopefully there will be similar studies for other states or regions of the US. An essential work for libraries in Indiana and the contiguous midwestern states Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of readership. --, Wilkes University" -Choice "Oliver's book addresses many of the weather phenomena that people find so fascinating, and it delivers this information in a manner that readers without much scientific background can understand and comprehend. In short,... Indiana's Weather and Climate is a welcome addition to the library of any Hoosier interested in the atmosphere and its effects on the lives of the state's residents." -Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, December 1, 2010show more

About John E. Oliver

John E. Oliver (1933-2008) was Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Climate Laboratory at Indiana State University. He authored or edited 12 books, including The Encyclopedia of World more

Table of contents

TABLE OF CONTENTSPREFACEACKNOWLEDGEMENTS INTRODUCTIONCHAPTER 1. WHY THE SEASONS? Sun and Earth Days, Nights and Sun in the Sky Temperatures Of Interest: Temperature Scales Climatological Seasons Clouds Precipitation Air in Motion Air Masses and Fronts The Westerlies Jet Streams and the Seasons In SummaryCHAPTER 2. SPRING Thunderstorms Airmass (Ordinary) Thunderstorms Supercell Thunderstorms Tornadoes: Formation and Characteristics Tornado Intensity: The F Scale Indiana Tornadoes (S. C. Pryor) Tornado Forecasting - Watches and Warnings Tornado Occurrence in Indiana Of Interest: Storm Chasing (G. Bierly) Where Do Tornadoes Occur? Of Interest: Doppler Radar When Do Tornadoes Occur? Worst Tornadoes in Indiana History In Summary: TornadoesCHAPTER 3. SUMMER Thunder, Lightning and Hail Lightning Hail Extremes I. Floods Extreme Precipitation in Indiana (J. Howe and S.C. Pryor) Calculating Extremes Extremes II. Drought Worst Case Droughts in Indiana Of Interest: Monitoring Drought People and Summer Cooling Degree Days Sunburn Heat and Heat WavesCHAPTER 4. FALL A Quiet Transition Season Autumn Leaves Dew, Frost, Mist and Fog Of Interest: Moisture in the Air Air Quality (S. C. Pryor and A. M. Spalding) Air Quality Standards Of Interest: Five Criteria Air Pollutants The Air Quality Index Air Quality in Indiana Emissions of Pollutants Monitoring Air Quality How Clean is Our Air? Air Quality: In SummaryCHAPTER 5. WINTER The Continent EffectWinter Precipitation Of Interest: Sound and Snow The Lake Effect (C. Clark) Cold Weather Heating Degree Days Windchill Some Recent Severe WintersCHAPTER 6. MONITshow more

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