Practical Meteorology:

An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science

Copyright 2017, 2018 by  Roland Stull.

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Stull, R., 2017: "Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science" -version 1.02b.  Univ. of British Columbia.  940 pages.  isbn 978-0-88865-283-6 .

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Front cover , back cover-v1.02b & spine
Title-v1.02b, Contents-v1.02b, Preface-v1.02 
Chapters (as pdf files designed for printing or viewing)
1. Atmospheric Basics -v1.02b   1-26
2. Solar & Infrared Radiation - v1.02b   27-52
3. Thermodynamics -v1.02b
4. Water Vapor - v1.02b    87-118
5. Atmos. Stability -v1.02b (& thermo diagrams)
6. Clouds - v1.02b   159-184
7. Precipitation Processes - v 1.02b
8. Satellites & Radar - v1.02b 
9. Weather Reports & Map Analysis - v1.02b
10. Atmospheric Forces & Winds - v1.02b 
11. General Circulation - v1.02b
12. Fronts & Airmasses - v1.02b
13. Extratropical Cyclones - v1.02b
14. Thunderstorm Fundamentals - v1.02b
15. Thunderstorm Hazards - v1.02b   545-602
16. Tropical Cyclones - v1.02b
17. Regional Winds - v1.02b   645-686
18. Atmospheric Boundary Layer - v1.02b 
19. Pollutant Dispersion - v1.02b   723-744
20. Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) - v1.02b   745-792
21. Natural Climate Processes - v1.02c
22. Atmospheric Optics - v1.02b   833-868
A. Scientific Tools - v1.02b
B. Constants & Conversion Factors - v1.02b
C. Notation - v1.03 (Draft version of a New Appendix) C881-C888
Index & Errata
Index- v1.02b  
Errata & Enhancements for PrMet - v1.02

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Subject: Re: Stull's new meteorology text book

I have already visited his site a few weeks back and have made the decision to adopt this text for my intro to met class.  Having looked through it, I can say that the book is very well-rounded, richly and professionally illustrated, with some great supplementary (boxed) material for deeper dives.  Roland is a wonderful writer, with exceptionally clear expositions.  Props to Roland for making available this resource, in a time when text prices are escalating, and so many of them do not provide any quantitative degree of rigor.   It's a text AND an exercise manual rolled up into one!
Jeffrey B. Halverson, Ph.D.
Professor of Meteorology, Dept. Geography and Environmental Systems
Graduate Program Director
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

See More Testimonials about the Practical Meteorology (PrMet) book.
See a 3-slide presentation for pros and cons of an algebra-based university curriculum.
Access Older versions  of the book, including the 2011 book under its old title "Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition".
See Tips for students, TAs, and instructors  .
• Some universities are creating online resources to accompany, or based on, PrMet chapters. E.g., Nugent et al, 2023, Atmos. Processes & Phenomena, Univ. of Hawaii - Manoa.
• See an interview with the author about this book.

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Last updated 16 Oct 2023 by R. Stull