Major World Crop Areas and Climatic Profiles Weather Prediction: Are Forecasters Full of Hot Air?" (World Agricultural Outlook Board, 1994, 278 pp., and "The Revolution Has Begun." $20.00, paperbound, ERS-NASS). The purpose of this book is to show the weather's impact on world crop Drought Follows the Plow (Michael H. Glantz, Ed., production. More than 200 maps list crop and climate 1994, 175 pp., $39.95, hardbound, Cambridge Uni- data for 18 crops in 19 of the world's major production versity Press, ISBN 0-521-44252-4). The title of this areas. The maps depict development stages of re- book appears to be a play on the words from the gional crops by month, temperature and precipitation nineteenth century lore that "rain follows the plow." by month, average weather patterns, crop yields, The latest predictions do indeed dispute this proverb production trends, and landforms. The book also by stating that dry areas will get drier and wet regions contains several appendixes. Appendix I presents wetter. Glantz has assembled a collection of informa- monthly precipitation and temperature data for all of tion that discusses the relationship between society the weather stations listed on the maps. Appendixes and climate change. Included in the book are case II, III, and IV are composed of the following articles: "El studies from the West African Sahel, the Brazilian Nino: Background, Mechanisms, and Impacts," "The Northeast, Kenya, Australia, Ethiopia, and northwest Indian Monsoon and Its Impacts on Agriculture," and and South Africa. He also discusses drought, deser- "The Geography, Climate and Soils of the Former tification, and food production. Policy makers, scien- Soviet Union," repectively. tists, and the public can look to this book to find information about the threats of global climate change. Sea Breeze and Local Wind (John E. Simpson, The Weather Sourcebook (Ronald L. Wagner and 1994, 220 pp., $39.95, hardbound, Cambridge Uni- Bill Adler Jr., 1994, 320 pp., $17.95, paperbound, versity Press, ISBN 0-521-45211-2). Local weather, Globe Pequot Press, ISBN 1-56440-384-X). Wagner air pollution and smog, distribution of airborne insects, and Adler have included a collection of fact, folklore, spread of pollen, and general wind direction are all resource, and instruction in their sourcebook on the affected by the phenomenon known as the sea breeze. weather. Included are meteorological terms, phenom- The first nine chapters of this book are written for the ena, tables and sidebars with statistics and records of general reader. The text discusses the behavior of the weather, and accounts of how the weather affected sea breeze and describes the details of the sea breeze various historical events. Readers can learn how to that can be seen from both the ground and air. Glider build their own weather stations; become a home pilots, sailors, surfers, and balloonists will find this weather forecaster, learn how to get trained as a information necessary to safely participate in their spotter for the SkyWarn Program, find information on respective sports. The last three chapters are more weather-watching clubs and organizations, and ac- technical, describing how radar, lidar, and satellite cess weather information from national as well as photography have helped to forecast and map sea international weather services and data centers. breeze. The Weather Revolution, Innovations and Immi- FRIEND: Flow Regimes from International Experi- nent Breakthroughs in Accurate Forecasting (Jack mental and Network Data [P. Seuna, A. Gustard, N. Fishman and Robert Kalish, 1994, 275 pp., $27.95, W. Arnell, and G. A. Cole, Eds., 1994,222 pp., $75.00, hardbound, Plenum Publishing Corporation, ISBN 0- paperbound, International Association of Hydrological 306-44764-9). Fishman and Kalish discuss the recent Sciences (IAHS Press), ISBN 0-947571-04-3]. The evolution of the technological tools of weather fore- conference proceedings in this volume report the casting. New satellites, Doppler radar, and computer results from the second FRIEND conference held at modeling are discussed as well as the decade's Braunschweig, Germany. Themes of the conference severe weather to date. Chapters include "Red Sky at were hydrological databases, low flows, large-scale Night: The Scientific Basis for the Old Proverbs," variations in river flow behavior, techniques for ex- "Weather Forecasting and the Computer," "How Sat- treme rainfall and runoff estimation, catchment pro- ellites Changed the Face of the Earth," "Long-Term cesses, and hydrological regionalization. • Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society
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Published: Jan 1, 1995
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