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Essentials of Meteorology Paperback – February 5, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0495114772 ISBN-10: 0495114774 Edition: 5th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 5 edition (February 5, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495114774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495114772
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #654,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Don Ahrens is Professor Emeritus at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California. The best-selling author of two Cengage Learning texts, Professor Ahrens received the Textbook and Academic Authors Association's McGuffey Longevity Award for the 9th Edition of his market-leading METEOROLOGY TODAY. He has influenced countless professionals in the field of atmospheric science as well as hundreds of thousands of students who use his books to better understand weather and climate. In 2007, the National Weather Association awarded Professor Ahrens a lifetime achievement award for these accomplishments.

Customer Reviews

This book helps a lot with illustrations and key points that are thoroughly explained.
Nicholas Zipeto
If you're buying this book, it is probably for a class, and it's a great supplement for your lectures.
N. Thom
It's in very good (gently used) condition, and now I'm just looking forward to class in January.
Casual reader

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DeathB4Diversity88 on September 21, 2011
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If you are required to purchase this book for your class, definitely get the earlier edition. It is almost exactly the same as the new edition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robin R. Cripps on March 31, 2008
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I loved this book! Get all the information you need to get started in meteorology, but what works even better is having the teacher/instructor who has the passion and knowledge to guide you.
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I use this in an online class at present. The readability is high and the slightly larger font reminds me of elementary school textbooks. A lot easier on the eyes than most textbooks, for sure.

And while it explains things well enough, in the beginning chapters, there are a few theories of the origins of the Earth as we know it that leave me questioning whether the author really believed that was all there was to it. I'm not religious, so this has nothing to do with that. I just can't help but feel that the author left out some serious information that made the theories make any sort of sense.

Regardless, I'll leave that part up to you to decide. I still like the layout of this book a lot better than any others I've had since middle school. Too much text on a page is still too much, I don't care how much paper you're saving. The text size difference is very subtle but it makes a huge difference to me, and for that I'm grateful.
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By CatchTheWind on December 14, 2008
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I never thought I'd rave about a textbook, but I had to comment on this one!

Ahrens manages to present a scientific subject in an interesting and understandable manner. And what really makes this textbook special is the abundance of charts and illustrated explanations, plus photos, trivia, and weather stories interspersed liberally throughout the text. The illustrations and charts make the material easier to understand, and the photos, stories, and trivia helped keep me interested even when the science got tedious.
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By N. Thom on October 8, 2009
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This was a very good book as a background for further study in meteorology. I got it for a class, and I actually enjoy doing my reading. That being said, it's not very qualitative. Fortunately, in my class we discussed the different mathematical formulas that drive a lot of the phenomena covered in this book, but the book itself didn't have any of them. If you're buying this book, it is probably for a class, and it's a great supplement for your lectures.
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This book helps a lot with illustrations and key points that are thoroughly explained. The illustrations and key elements help the book stand out over any other!
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By Roger Stegall on January 8, 2013
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This book does a great job of highlighting meteorology. I used it back in college and kept it for an interesting read every now and then. Great buy.
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Great book about meteorology.Has a logical lay out, great for students to use as a resource. The pictures and charts help you learn the concepts.
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