Weather: Measuring the Atmosphere

Measuring the Atmosphere

A good prediction must begin with a set of observations. The atmosphere needs to be measured, weighed, and analyzed before we can begin to make a forecast. We've already checked out the basic weather variables in "Bring on the Rain," and looked at how they can be measured. So this is going to be a partial review, but we'll take a more detailed look at how weather data is collected and transmitted from one part of the world to another.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Weather 2002 by Mel Goldstein, Ph.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.