oa Clean Air Journal = Tydskrif vir Skoon Lug - Gary Lackmann’s book Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology : Dynamics, Analysis and Forecasting and Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology Lab Manual, Gary M. Lackmann, Brian E. Mapes & Kevin R. Tyle - book review

Volume 29 Number 1
  • ISSN : 1017-1703



The study of atmospheric motions as solutions of the fundamental equations of hydrodynamics, or better known by students in the atmospheric sciences as dynamic meteorology, is a complex and challenging theoretical subject. The book by Lackmann is primarily on synoptic analysis, including manual analysis, and on weather forecasting with a target audience of anyone interested to find out more about the dynamics of atmospheric motion. However, an undergraduate level knowledge of meteorology and mathematics will come in handy. This book certainly is not the only good one on synoptic analysis and forecasting, but what makes it quite different from most other such books is the emphasis put on application of theoretical concepts and the human weather forecast process. There is also a technical manual that presents visual exercises and introduces powerful visualization capabilities through open source, free software that can run on all contemporary computer operating systems.

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