The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology, 14th Edition

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The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology, 14th Edition

By Frederick K. Lutgens, Edward J. Tarbuck, Redina Herman
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For introductory meteorology courses.


The Atmosphere: An Introduction to Meteorology remains the definitive introductory meteorology text, reinforcing basic concepts with easy-to-grasp, everyday examples. Authors Lutgens and Tarbuck, now joined by Redina Herman, present meteorology with a friendly, largely non-technical narrative, timely coverage of recent atmospheric events, and carefully crafted artwork by leading science illustrator Dennis Tasa.


The 14th Edition includes a new, easier-to-navigate design, and a more student-oriented approach that provides a clear learning path throughout the text. New pedagogical improvements, including pull quotes that act as guideposts, end-of-chapter questions and problems, and online exercises and activities help students understand the processes that control our weather and apply this information in their daily lives.


Fred Lutgens received his BS and MS from Illinois State University. Ed Tarbuck received his BS from the University of Minnesota Duluth, and his MA from Indiana University. Both are professors emeriti from Illinois Central College. They have been good friends and colleagues since 1970. Joining Lutgens and Tarbuck for the first time in the 14th edition is Redina Herman who received her PhD from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Between them, they have more than 60 years of experience teaching geoscience to undergraduates, and both have been recognized with awards as excellent and inspiring professors.


Lutgens and Tarbuck published their first college text, Earth Science, in 1976. That book, winner of the McGuffy Award from the Text and Academic Authors Association, is now in its 15th edition. In 1983, as the first edition of Earth was being prepared, renowned geoscience illustrator Dennis Tasa joined the author team. Since then the three have collaborated on more than 30 projects as the dominant author team franchise in the physical geosciences.


Redina Herman has a PhD in Atmospheric Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has been teaching introductory and advanced meteorology courses for 15 years. Redina is involved in science education research and won the Western Illinois University College of Arts and Sciences award for Teaching with Technology. Redina is also Western Illinois University’s representative to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which runs the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).


A new student-oriented approach provides a clear learning path

  • New - An easier-to-navigate design and tightened chapters declutters the text allowing for greater focus on key items.
  • Revised - The chapters on Severe Weather (10 and 11) have been extensively updated.
  • A flexible organisation allows instructors to rearrange or omit chapters without losing continuity.
  • New - Severe and Hazardous Weather boxes now include Weather Safety tips and one or two active-learning questions to help students test their understanding and link these events to critical chapter concepts.
  • New - Review Questions prompt students to check their understanding of the concepts covered in the chapter and tie back to chapter objectives, keeping students focused on the main goals of the chapter.
  • New - Beyond the Textbook end-of-chapter exercises feature 1-2 links to websites with atmospheric, weather, or climate data (via animated maps, tables, diagrams, etc.). Students are asked questions based on current conditions or a specific locale, providing practice in data analysis  which allows them to see how concepts in the chapter play out in real life and real time.

Empower active learning

  • Revised - A highlighted learning path includes chapter-opening Focus on Concepts learning goals. These are followed by Concept Check and Give It Some Thought questions, which help students focus on the learning objectives for each chapter. All objectives are again reinforced in the end-of-chapter Exercises and Online Activities.
  • New - 1-2 Pull Quotes in every section highlight key concepts that tie to the chapter-opening objectives and serve as learning path guideposts.
  • Updated - Concept Check questions, integrated throughout each chapter, serve as conceptual checkpoints,  prompting students to assess their understanding as they read.
  • Revised - End-of-chapter Concepts in Review tie back to the learning goals, summarise the main points for each chapter, and now incorporate visual cues for each section to aid with recall and understanding. These reviews bring the learning path full circle for students.
  • New - Review Questions promote deeper thinking than Concepts in Review and provide students with an opportunity to test their understanding of the entire chapter.
  • Updated - End-of-chapter Give It Some Thought questions ask students to use higher-level thinking. They often involve chapter visuals, which help students apply and synthesise entire chapter concepts.
  • Revised and Updated - Integrated Mobile Media with accompanying review questions. QR links to mobile-enabled Videos and Geoscience Animations are integrated throughout the chapters, giving students just-in-time access to animations, videos, and data visualisations. 

Art that teaches

  • New and Updated - An unparalleled visual program. High-quality photos and satellite images--many of which highlight recent weather events--have been updated. One hundred twenty-nine figures are new or have been redrawn by renowned geoscience illustrator, Dennis Tasa, to help clarify difficult concepts.
  • New - Vibrant new images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been included.
Table of contents
  • 1. Introduction to the Atmosphere
  • 2. Heating Earth’s Surface and Atmosphere
  • 3. Temperature
  • 4. Moisture and Atmospheric Stability         
  • 5. Forms of Condensation and Precipitation
  • 6.  Air Pressure and Winds
  • 7. Circulation of the Atmosphere
  • 8. Air Masses
  • 9. Midlatitude Cyclones
  • 10. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
  • 11. Hurricanes
  • 12. Weather Analysis and Forecasting
  • 13. Air Pollution
  • 14. The Changing Climate
  • 15. World Climates
  • 16. Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere
  • Appendix A: Metric Units
  • Appendix B: Explanation and Decoding of the Daily Weather Map
  • Appendix C: Relative Humidity and Dew-Point Tables
  • Appendix D: Laws Relating to Gases
  • Appendix E: Newton’s Laws, Pressure--Gradient Force, and Coriolis Force
  • Appendix F: Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale
  • Appendix G: Climate Data