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Cumulus clouds (Corel) We have made a concerted effort to search the Web for relevant material, but no matter how hard we try there will always be more information available than we can possibly examine.

However, the following list contains links to many of the most interesting and informative Web sites related to topics explored in the chapter that we were able to locate. Check them out, but make sure you come back to do more investigating when you're done.

Atmospheric Phenomena
A good source for explanations of atmospheric phenomena such as rainbows, halos, mirages, etc.
Clouds and Precipitation: Online Meteorology Guide
An educational module that introduces a number of cloud classifications, different types of precipitation, and the mechanisms responsible for producing them.
Cloud Cover, Current U.S.
Current United States cloud cover statistics.
A great source for cloud information and images.
Clouds From Space
Excellent photographs of clouds from space.
Large hail (E.J. Tarbuck)
Clouds Online Tutorial
An excellent online tutorial featuring cloud classification and cloud descriptions with photographs.
A discussion of condensation: dew, fog, and clouds from the University of Wisconsin.
Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) is a cooperative institute formed through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Current Weather Data (University of Illinois)
An excellent source for current weather data, including printable maps.
Dew Points, Current U.S.
Current United States dew point temperature statistics.
Global Climate Animations (University of Oregon)
This University of Oregon site contains great animations showing the climatology of the seasonal cycle for selected climate variables for the time period 1959-1997.
Humidity (USA Today)
A basic tutorial on water vapor in the atmosphere.
Lightning (Courtesy of NASA)
Moisture, Atmospheric (Definitions)
A discussion of atmospheric moisture from the University of Wisconsin.
A discussion of precipitation from the University of Wisconsin.
Precipitation Map, Current U.S.
Current radar map of the United States showing areas of precipitation.
Stability and Cloud Formation, Atmospheric
A discussion of atmospheric stability and cloud formation from the University of Wisconsin.
Weather Data and Imagery, Current (American Meteorological Society)
An excellent source for current surface, satellite, upper air, and forecast information from the American Meteorological Society (AMS).
Weather Topic Index (USA Today)
Information on just about every weather topic you can imagine from USA Today.
Weather Underground
An excellent, comprehensive source of weather information.

Photo/Figure Credits (In Order of Appearance)

  • Clouds at Sunset (Corel) (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)

  • Developing Clouds (Courtesy of Heather McCullough)

  • Mammatus Clouds (Copyright © (1997) Roger Edwards)

  • Rainshaft (Courtesy of NASA)

  • Orographic Cooling Diagram (Copyright © Prentice Hall, Inc.)

  • Temperature—Dew-point Plot (Copyright © Prentice Hall, Inc.)

  • Cloud Cover (Courtesy of NASA)

  • Clouds Forming Over Madagascar (Courtesy of NASA)

  • Change of State Diagram (Copyright © Prentice Hall, Inc.)

  • Cloud Type Diagram (Copyright © Prentice Hall, Inc.)

  • Cumulus Clouds (Corel) (Property of Kenneth Pinzke)

  • Large Hail (Photo by E.J. Tarbuck)

  • Lightning (Courtesy of NASA)

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