Indiana's Weather and Climate

Indiana's Weather and Climate

Oliver, John E.
Distribution: World
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Format: Paperback 93 color photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-22056-1
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2010 AAUP Public and Secondary School Library Selection

There's more to Indiana weather than what greets us when we go outdoors. Ever wonder why the daily weather report is so erratic? Why the seasons seem to come too early or start too late? Whether there really is such a thing as global warming? This fascinating and informative book tells the story behind the daily forecast, seasonal variations, and climate change. It explains why there are seasons in this part of the world and examines some of their more dramatic aspects—thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods, droughts, and snowstorms. Here you'll find information on forecasting, weather satellites, and data collection; on faraway events that influence Indiana's weather, such as El Niño; and on long- and short-term changes in Indiana's climate beginning more than 1,000 years ago. Air pollution, urban heat islands, "the LaPorte anomaly"—it's all here in this comprehensive and up-to-date reference.

Author Bio

John E. Oliver (1933-2008) was Emeritus Professor of Physical Geography and Director of the Climate Laboratory at Indiana State University. He authored or edited 12 books, including The Encyclopedia of World Climatology.

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Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS


PREFACE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

INTRODUCTION

CHAPTER 1. WHY THE SEASONS?

Sun and Earth
Days, Nights and Sun in the Sky
Temperatures
Of Interest: Temperature Scales
Climatological Seasons
Clouds
Precipitation
Air in Motion
Air Masses and Fronts
The Westerlies
Jet Streams and the Seasons
In Summary

CHAPTER 2. SPRING

Thunderstorms
Airmass (Ordinary) Thunderstorms
Supercell Thunderstorms
Tornadoes: Formation and Characteristics
Tornado Intensity: The F Scale
Indiana Tornadoes (S. C. Pryor)
Tornado Forecasting - Watches and Warnings
Tornado Occurrence in Indiana
Of Interest: Storm Chasing (G. Bierly)
Where Do Tornadoes Occur?
Of Interest: Doppler Radar
When Do Tornadoes Occur?
Worst Tornadoes in Indiana History
In Summary: Tornadoes

CHAPTER 3. SUMMER

Thunder, Lightning and Hail
Lightning
Hail
Extremes I. Floods
Extreme Precipitation in Indiana (J. Howe and S.C. Pryor)
Calculating Extremes
Extremes II. Drought
Worst Case Droughts in Indiana
Of Interest: Monitoring Drought
People and Summer
Cooling Degree Days
Sunburn
Heat and Heat Waves

CHAPTER 4. FALL

A Quiet Transition Season
Autumn Leaves
Dew, Frost, Mist and Fog
Of Interest: Moisture in the Air
Air Quality (S. C. Pryor and A. M. Spalding)
Air Quality Standards
Of Interest: Five Criteria Air Pollutants
The Air Quality Index
Air Quality in Indiana
Emissions of Pollutants
Monitoring Air Quality
How Clean is Our Air?
Air Quality: In Summary

CHAPTER 5. WINTER

The Continent Effect
Winter Precipitation
Of Interest: Sound and Snow
The Lake Effect (C. Clark)
Cold Weather
Heating Degree Days
Windchill
Some Recent Severe Winters

CHAPTER 6. MONIT