An Introduction to Severe Storms and Hazardous Weather
This book presents a deep and encompassing survey of severe weather in all its forms. An Introduction to Severe Storms and Hazardous Weather is an exciting new textbook which allows students to learn the principles of atmospheric science through the drama, exhilaration and even tragedy of severe weather.
Balancing breadth and depth, Jeffrey Halverson adeptly combines a short, accessible introduction to the basic principles of meteorology with detailed coverage on large and small-scale weather hazards. He draws on specific up-to-date case studies from North America to illustrate the cause of meteorological events including hurricanes, heavy snow and ice, floods and tornadoes. Unlike existing books on the market, Halverson delves deep into the societal impacts of these events, drawing on examples from agriculture, utility infrastructure and commercial aviation. Each chapter also features high quality, bespoke colour artwork by Thomas D. Rabenhorst that will help to enhance and embed learning.
Thorough in its scope, state-of-the-art and written with an impeccable focus on the science, this book will be an essential resource for introductory undergraduate courses in severe weather, natural hazards and extreme meteorology. It is also an excellent supplemental textbook for courses on meteorology and atmospheric science.
A. Introductory Principles
1. An Introduction to Severe Storms & Societal Impacts
2. Meteorological Primer, Part I: Pressure and Wind Relationships
3. Meteorological Primer, Part II: Moisture and Precipitation in Storms
4. Meteorological Observations and Forecasting
B. Weather Hazards Generated by Large-Scale Atmospheric Vortices
5. Structure, Energetics and Climatology of Extratropical Cyclones vs. Hurricanes
6. Genesis, Evolution and Intensification of Extratropical Cyclones and Hurricanes
7. Winter Weather Hazards: Arctic Air Outbreaks, Nor’easters, Blizzards, Lake Effect Snow and Ice Storms
8. Landfalling Hurricanes: Coastal and Inland Devastation
C. Severe Local Storms and Their Weather Hazards
9. Structure and Evolution of Ordinary Thunderstorms
10. Severe Thunderstorms, Emphasizing Supercells and Damaging Hail
11. Tornadoes: Structure, Evolution, and Genesis
12. Tornado Outbreaks, Detection, Warning and Societal Response
13. Violent Thunderstorm Downdrafts: Downbursts and Derechos
14. The Science of Flash Floods
D. Appendix – Heat Waves
"Jeff Halverson is a gifted writer and brings meteorology to life in this comprehensive and engaging textbook. The highly-accessible scientific explanations and marvelous illustrations make it an invaluable resource that will foster much greater understanding of severe storms."
Jason Samenow, Chief Meteorologist, Washington Post Capital Weather Gang
"This is a textbook that doesn't read like a textbook. The way Dr. Halverson has written this book is almost conversational, as if I'm listening to him really tell the story of the atmospheric processes. There are so many great examples for students to really learn about the science. The details of events with examples can really put weather into perspective for students to understand these concepts in an easy way."
Aubrey Urbanowicz, Chief Meteorologist, WHSV, Harrisonburg, VA
"The authors have done an exceptional job making the connection between the graphics in the text to the meteorology behind the type of severe storms. Students have difficulty making the connection between the physics behind an event and the consequences. The graphics help make that connection for the student. The graphics do an exceptional job at illustrating how each type of event occurs and how each type differs along with the risks posed and damage caused."
Robert Pasken, Associate Professor of Meteorology, St. Louis University