With the topics of weather and climate increasingly at the forefront of world attention, it is important to understand the relevant terms, definitions, and phenomena that one may be familiar with. Including more than 2000 entries, this handbook offers basic information about atmospheric processes, the sciences of climatology and meteorology, and the people who have made their mark in these disciplines. Topics covered include: acid rain, Beaufort wind scale; cooling degree days; glacial period; ice storm; mean temperature; sunspot; temperature-humidity index; veil of cloud; and zone of maximum precipitation.
Michael Allaby has written numerous books on nature, the environment, and weather, including Facts On File's highly successful Dangerous Weather set, two of the four volumes in the Ecosystem set, and the recently published two-volume Encyclopedia of Weather and Climate. He resides in Tighnabruaich, Scotland.