Weather Analysis and Forecasting

Applying Satellite Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis

by Christo Georgiev, Patrick Santurette

Weather Analysis and Forecasting is a practical guide to using potential vorticity fields and water vapor imagery from satellites to elucidate complex weather patterns and train meteorologists to improve operational forecasting. In particular, it details the use of the close relationship between satellite imagery and the potential vorticity fields in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. It shows how to interpret water vapor patterns in terms of dynamical processes in the atmosphere and their relation to diagnostics available from weather prediction models.

The book explores topics including: a dynamical view of synoptic development; the interpretation problem of satellite water vapor imagery; practical use of water vapor imagery and dynamical fields; significant water vapor imagery features associated with synoptic dynamical structures; and use of water vapor imagery for assessing NWP model behavior and improving forecasts. Applications are illustrated with color images based on real meteorological situations.

The book's step-by-step pedagogy makes this an essential training manual for forecasters in meteorological services worldwide, and a valuable text for graduate students in atmospheric physics and satellite meteorology.

* Shows how to analyze current satellite images for assessing weather models' behavior and improving forecasts
* Provides step-by-step pedagogy for understanding and interpreting meteorological processes
* Includes full-color throughout to highlight "real-world" models, patterns, and examples

  • Elsevier Science; July 2005
  • ISBN: 9780080455266
  • Read online, or download in secure PDF or secure ePub format
  • Title: Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • Author: Christo Georgiev; Patrick Santurette
  • Imprint: Academic Press

In The Press

"...includes step-by-step pedagogy, which should be useful to {operational weather forecasters} in training, and numerous full-color illustrations based on real meteorological situations."
--Weatherwise