Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Midiatitudes. potential vorticity (PV) anomalies near the ground; a Volume II: Observations and Theory of Weather conceptual model of a warm surface potential tem- Systems. Howard B. Bluestein. 1993.594 pp. $65.00. perature anomaly embedded in a north-south tem- Hardbound. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19- perature gradient with zero relative flow, even though 506268-X. such an anomaly would propagate as an edge wave] and sins of omission (no discussion of the role of a surface potential temperature gradient in baroclinic This book is the second of two volumes on the instability; no discussion of the concept of "coarse- kinematics and dynamics of midlatitude weather sys- grain" PV and the dynamical insignificance of PV tems. Together, the two were designed to be an filaments; no discussion of the effect of latent heat updating of Petterssen's classic textbooks from the release during cyclogenesis). Beginning graduate stu- 1950s. Volume II nearly stands on its own, with the dents would probably do better to read sections of exception of a few references to equations, such as Hoskins et al. (1985). the quasigeostrophic omega equation, which are not reprinted from the first volume. Chapter 2, "Fronts and Jets," is a valuable and
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1993
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