What's a good introductory book about weather and climate?
June 28, 2011 4:53 PM Subscribe
Can you recommend a good introductory book about weather and climate?
posted by No-sword to Science & Nature (6 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I want to learn about the relationships between the weather right now and the climate this month, the weather here and the weather in areas surrounding here, the weather now and the weather yesterday, the climate here now and the climate here during the little ice age, etc. Basically, I want to be able to look up at the sky and understand what I see.
Things I'm not interested in:
- Books specifically and entirely about anthropogenic climate change (thus, this question is not for me).
- Books more about sociology and history than actual science. I don't care if Otto van Barometer's maid was actually instrumental in the monetization of the snail in the Spanish Empire and that this provokes new questions about the social impact of barometry, or if the introduction of the weather report revolutionized the picnicking industry. I only care about what van Barometer discovered in his lab. (I'm okay with books that cover the social context as well as the science, and would not begrudge an author their obligatory "history of thinking on the topic from ancient Sumeria through to the Renaissance" chapter, but an up-to-date overview of the field has to be the main focus overall.)
- Books that fudge or skip the details because they assume that the reader isn't interested or lacks the necessary science/math background. I won't be running simulations or anything, but I want to get beyond "hot gases expand" and "it's colder at the poles." I want equations!
I would be fine with an actual textbook written for beginning climatology (etc.) students, if you know a good one, suitable for solo study, that meets my criteria. Thanks!