Air Apparent

Air Apparent

How Meteorologists Learned to Map, Predict, and Dramatize Weather

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Weather maps have made our atmosphere visible, understandable, and at least moderately predictable. In Air Apparent Mark Monmonier traces debates among scientists eager to unravel the enigma of storms and global change, explains strategies for mapping the upper atmosphere and forecasting disaster, and discusses efforts to detect and control air pollution. Fascinating in its scope and detail, Air Apparent makes us take a second look at the weather map, an image that has been, and continues to be, central to our daily lives.

"Clever title, rewarding book. Monmonier . . . offers here a basic course in meteorology, which he presents gracefully by means of a history of weather maps." —Scientific American

"Mark Monmonier is onto a winner with Air Apparent. . . . It is good, accessible science and excellent history. . . . Read it." —Fred Pearce, New Scientist

"[Air Apparent] is a superb first reading for any backyard novice of weather . . . but even the veteran forecaster or researcher will find it engaging and, in some cases, enlightening." —Joe Venuti, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

"Monmonier is solid enough in his discussion of geographic and meteorological information to satisfy the experienced weather watcher. But even if this information were not presented in such a lively and engaging manner, it would still hook most any reader who checks the weather map every morning or who sits happily entranced through a full cycle of forecasts on the Weather Channel."—Michael Kennedy, Boston Globe

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Traces the development of the weather map and its ability to make the atmosphere visible and predictable, and examines the interaction and relationship between technology and weather forecasting

Book News
Offers a history of the weather map. Traces debates among weather scientists, explains strategies for mapping the upper atmosphere and forecasting disaster, exposes efforts to detect and control air pollution, and tracks the interaction and mutually dependent relationship between technology and weather forecasting. Includes b&w maps and color images, plus a list of web sites. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Chicago, Ill : The University of Chicago Press, c1999
ISBN: 9780226534220
Branch Call Number: 551.63 MON
Characteristics: xiv, 309 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm


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