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on 22 January 2012
Meteorology is a difficult subject. Those weather girls you see on the BBC are not lovely to look at; they're good physicists too. I am sure the authors of this book attempted to explain it as clearly as possible, but there was a lot I cannot say I really understood. It helps to have a brain that can visualise how air masses moving around in three different circles interact. This book seems to differ from most meteorology text books in that it contains no equations, just descriptions, graphs and illustrations. I would say the book is a mixture of mostly physics and geography with some history, but no mathematics. The historical bits were my favourite. For example, I was shocked to read that in the late 17th century over a third of the population of the Scottish uplands died from famine brought about by the ending of the Medieval Warm Period. The book discusses anthropological climate change quite a bit. I thought it was good the way the authors were straight about what was understood and what there was uncertainty about. One of the chapters decribes the various computer climate models that exist. The book was published in 2005, so presumably this chapter is out of date now.
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