Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences. practices. Topics are successfully developed without Daniel S. Wilks. 1995. 544 pp. $75.00. Hardbound. the use of advanced mathematics through a combina- Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-751965-3. tion of careful exposition, excellent diagrams, and relevant examples. A very large number of the ex- In the preface to his new book, Dan Wilks states amples are drawn from several simple meteorological that "Much has changed in atmospheric science since datasets that are given in appendixes and are used the 1958 publication of the classic Some Applications throughout the book, lending additional coherence of Statistics to Meteorology, by Hans A. Panofsky and and unity to the analytical treatments. Problems of- Glenn W. Brier, and no really suitable replacement has fered at the end of each chapter generally supplement since appeared." Wilks could have added that such a the chapter contents well. replacement has been badly needed. This is true not Obviously, no book will be flawless. First, it is an only because of the large number of recent develop- enormous task to produce a book with the scope of this ments in statistical meteorology and climatology— one, and inevitable typographical and other uninten- two-thirds of the
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