Weather Forecasting
Rules, Techniques, and Procedures

by GEORGE ELLIOTT
1st edition, 1988, 154 pages, $19.95
ISBN 978-0-89641-171-5

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Weather Forecasting is a practical guide to weather forecasting. The rules, techniques and procedures have been tested and are considered valid by the meteorological community. No attempt is made to explain the physics or dynamics that are responsible for the meteorological parameters. The book is broken up into various main sections, each dealing with a unique meteorological occurence. The subsections deal with very specific behaviors of the synoptic element being considered.

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Much of the manual contains rules of weather forecasting, Remembering that rules don't always work, the best method to use is the combination of various rules, techniques and of course the computer forecast. High correlations between rules and the computer are the best, but with time you may find that a certain rule is better than the computer, or the computer is better than a certain rules. Try to integrate as much of the manual into one forecast. Use only one section of the manual when dealing with a synoptic situation that may encompass various meteorological parameters. Make sure that all the parameters are timed as well as can be expected using the procedures outlined in the book and the computer guidance.


CONTENTS

  • Section 1:  UPPER LEVEL FEATURES
    Troughs
    Closed Lows Aloft
    Cut-Off Lows
    Ridges
    Blocking Highs and Ridges

  • Section 2  SURFACE FEATURES
    Low Presssure Areas
    High Pressure Areas
    Fronts
    Isotherms, Winds and Clouds
    Isallobar Fields

  • Section 3  GENERAL MAP ANALYSIS

  • Section 4  ATMOSPHERIC PHENOMENON
    Height Parameters
    Thickness Criteria
    Vorticity
    Isobar and Contour Curvature
    Isentropic analysis
    Moisture, Overrunning, Cloud Tempertures and Turbulence

  • Section 5  SPECIFIC WEATHER
    Drizzle
    Fog
    Methods for predicting Rain vs. Snow
    Freezing Rain
    Ice Storms
    Forecasting heavy Rain
    Pre-Trough Winter Precipitation Forecasting
    Predicting Heavy Snow
    Lake Effect Snows
    General Thunderstorm Forecasting
    Forecasting Precipitation Amounts

  • Section 6  TEMPERATURE FORECASTING
    Forecasting high Temperatures
    Forecasting Low Temperatures
    Forecasting Record Breaking Heat and Cold

  • Section 7  SATELLITE IDENTIFICATION

  • Section 8  TROPICAL STORMS

  • Section 9  SEVERE WEATHER FORECASTING

  • Section 10  CALCULATIONS

  • GLOSSARY

  • BIBLIOGRAPHY