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Man and Weather Air Ministry: Meteorological Office, London A Short Course in Elementary Meteorology

Nature volume 119, page 274 (19 February 1927) | Download Citation



(1) PROF. MCADIE'S little book is written in an entertaining style calculated to impress meteorological principles on the memory. It consists of six popular lectures originally delivered in the Lowell Institute, U.S.A., in December 1924: (1) The strategy of weather in war; (2) weather in peace; (3) the structure of the atmosphere; (4) clouds, fogs and water vapour; (5) lightning; and (6) droughts, floods, and forecasts. The book should be most successful in awakening an interest in the subject, but it is marred by a quite unintelligible table on p. 62 representing the balance of precipitation and evaporation by land and sea. The unfortunate reader led into this quagmire is offered no helping hand from the author, who ironically observes: “From the data given above it would seem that the total rainfall for the globe is much less than the evaporation.” This is no paradox it is surely a physical impossibility that precipitation, being the complementary process of evaporation, should in the long run be less over the whole globe.

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