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Sources for Chapter 9

The books, Web sites, journal articles, and interviews listed on this page are sources of information other than facts and concepts found in most beginning college-level meteorology textbooks, which the author used or that could help readers better understand the concepts described. For more on various topics, including further reading and links to related Web sites, follow the links labeled “Explorations.” Links labeled “Outtakes” are to text from early drafts of the book that were dropped before publication.

In the notes below “the author” refers to Jack Williams, author of The AMS Weather Book.

Page 206
  • The day after Labor Day 2006 scene: The author was present in Boise, Idaho, at the meeting described and afterwards interviewed Chuck Warmack; this interview was followed by e-mail exchanges. See also the National Interagency Fire Center home page.
Pages 207–211
  • For sources and more information on the profile of Coleen Decker, text describing fire weather, and the graphics on pages 210 and 211 see Explorations: Fire Weather.
Pages 212–213
Pages 214
  • Santa Ana winds: Keith C. Heidorn has a good discussion of the meteorology, source of the name, and more on his Weather Doctor Web site article on the winds. He even discusses references to the winds in literature and music.
  • Wildfire killed five firefighters: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s full accident report Web page.
  • Chinook winds cause extreme temperature changes: Andrew H. Horvitz, et al., “A National Temperature Record at Loma, Montana (PDF file),” NOAA National Climatic Data Center Web site.
Page 215
  • Antarctica’s katabatic winds: Kristan Hutchinson, “Antarctic Winds Have Global Effects,” from The Antarctic Sun (published online by; Thomas R. Parish and John J. Cassano, “The Role of Katabatic Winds on the Antarctic Surface Wind Regime,” Monthly Weather Review131 (February 2003): 317–333.
  • Tropical cyclones as mesoscale, convective systems: Jack Bevin, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center, looks at this question on his personal Web site, where he uses a satellite photo from July 18, 2002, which shows images of four systems that look much alike. One is a hurricane; the other three are also mesoscale systems.
Pages 216–217
  • Derechos: NWS Storm Prediction Center’s (SPC) About Derechos Web page; the SPC’s Derecho and Bow Echo Publication Web page is an extensive bibliography on both topics. The graphic is based on the SPC’s July 4, 1977 Derecho Web page.
  • Bow echoes: Theodore Fujita first used the term bow echo in his “Manual of Downburst Identification for Project NIMROD,” in Satellite and Mesometeorology (research paper, no. 156, University of Chicago, Department of Geophysical Sciences, 1978), 104.
  • Hawaiian bow echo: Steven Businger, et al., “A Bow Echo and Severe Weather Associated with a Kona Low in Hawaii,” Weather and Forecasting 13 (September 1998): 576–591.
Page 218
Pages 218 and 220–223
  • Mesoscale Convective Complexes: Based on the author’s telephone conversations and e-mail exchanges with Bob Maddox. A detailed sketch by Maddox was the basis of the graphic on page 221. Also Robert A. Maddox, “Mesoscale Convective Complexes,” Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS) 61 (November 1980): 1374–1387; Robert A. Maddox, “Large-Scale Meteorological Conditions Associated with Midlatitude, Mesoscale Convective Complexes,” Monthly Weather Review 111 (July 1983): 1475–1493.
Page 219
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Pages 225–226
Page 227
  • NOAA Lake-effect snow satellite image obtained with the help of John Leslie of NOAA public affairs.

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The AMS Weather Book:The Ultimate Guide to America’s Weather
Jack Williams
With Forewords by Rick Anthes and Stephanie Abrams
©2009, 368 pages, 140 color plates, 70 halftones 8-1/2 x 10-7/8
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