Scattering of Waves from Large Spheres (W. T. warming, ENSO, and the North Atlantic oscillation. Grandy Jr., 2000, 370 pp., $95.00, hardbound, Cam- It then looks at the decade of the 1990s as a whole, bridg e University Press, ISBN 0-521-66126-9). discussing specific characteristics of Britain's cli- Theory of electromagnetic scattering from dielectric mate (i.e., temperature, rainfall, snow). It follows spheres has been quite well developed and application with a brief summary of each year, and finally largely made to particles similar in size to the wave- points out some conclusions that can be drawn from length of impinging radiation, but recent technology the data. The book is written in a casual style that has permitted application to relatively larger particles. should be appealing to anyone with a basic knowl- This book reviews the classical approaches of particle edge of meteorology. scattering, geometric optics, electromagnetic wave scattering, Mie solution, and Debye expansion. Large Weather History and Climate Guide to the Lower dielectric spheres are treated, with application to rain- Hudson Valley (J. S. Thaler, 2000, 213 pp., $25.00, bows and glories, followed by resonance and inhomo- paperbound, George Candreva Environmental Center, geneou s spheres, with detailed mathematical Inc., ISBN 0-9705688-0-0). The lower Hudson Val- treatments in the appendices. The book has been writ- ley of New York state experiences a wide variety of ten for graduate students and researchers in atmo- weather, including blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, spheric optics. and drought. This book describes conditions that have occurred over the past 200 years, in both narrative form (historical events, typical seasonal and monthly Global Warming: The Hard Science (L. D. Danny weather) and numerical form (a variety of tables for Harvey, 2000, 336 pp., $18.99, paperbound, Prentice temperature, precipitation, and snowfall, by weeks, Hall, ISBN 0-582-38167-3). As the author mentions in the preface, the title of this work has a double mean- months, and years), derived from seven active and 15 ing in order to reflect not only its focus on the techni- currently inactive stations. This book would be use- cal, or "hard," issues related to global warming (as ful to a diverse group of readers, including gardeners opposed to social issues), but also to transmit the com- and engineers of the area, weather enthusiasts, and climate change researchers. It could also serve as a plications and controversies inherently involved when model for other local climatologies.• discussing this highly charged issue. The author has attempted to avoid the politicization of this topic and provide an objective discussion of the science in- volved. With numerous illustrations and an extensive reference section, this book should have appeal for students, academicians, and scientifically oriented in- dividuals and groups interested in the global warming discussion. Weather of the 90s: A Decade of Weather and Cli- mate in the UK (Peter B. Wright, 2000,76 pp., £12.95, Editor's Note: There was no paperbound, Westwind Weather Services, ISBN 0- July issue of the Bulletin from 9539710-0-7). The author has lived in Britain for many 1938 through 1957. years and offers a summary of the recent climate there by combining personal accounts with statistics, graphs, and illustrations. The book first provides an overview of important meteorological terms, including global 1446 Vol. 82,, No. 7, July 2001
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Jul 1, 2001
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