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Source Book to Forecasters' Reference Book (M.O.1024)

Source book to the Forecasters' Reference Book

The last edition of the Forecasters' Reference Book (FRB) published in 1997 builds on the strengths of the previous editions and handbooks, incorporating the latest science, where this is available in 'forecaster-friendly' form. From the outset, in designing the contents and format, every regard has been paid to forecasters' suggestions; the draft chapters have been thoroughly reviewed by a panel of forecasters and specialists. In this review process it became apparent that, to do justice to the copious literature on forecasting techniques, it was sensible to present not only a FRB of selected
forecasting techniques but also a more erudite account of techniques, alternatives and limitations in a Source Book. The Chapters of the FRB and the Source Book should be seen as complementing many of those in Images in Weather Forecasting, 1995 (Ed. M. Bader et al.).

John R. Starr

Meteorological Office College, Shinfield Park, February 1997

You can view the complete version of the  Source Book to Forecasters Reference Book Source book to the forecasters' reference book (PDF, 22 MB)  or by chapter from the table below.

Chapters
Preface, Contents Preface, Contents (PDF, 348 kB)
Amendments Amendments (PDF, 200 kB)
Chapter 1. Wind Chapter 1. Wind (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 2. Temperature Chapter 2. Temperature (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 3. Visibility Chapter 3. Visibility (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 4. Convection, Showers Chapter 4. Convection, Showers (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 5. Layer Clouds, Precipitation Chapter 5. Layer Clouds, Precipitation (PDF, 2 MB)
Chapter 6. Turbulence and Gusts Chapter 6. Turbulence and Gusts (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 7. Fronts Chapter 7. Fronts (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 8. Use of Dynamical Concepts in Assessing Development Chapter 8. Use of Dynamical Concepts in Assessing Development (PDF, 1 MB)
Chapter 9. Numerical Weather Prediction Chapter 9. Numerical Weather Prediction (PDF, 691 kB)
Chapter 10. Remote Sensing Chapter 10. Remote Sensing (PDF, 3 MB)
Chapter 11. Probability Forecasts Chapter 11. Probability Forecasts (PDF, 766 kB)
Chapter 12. Air Quality, Atmospheric Dispersion Chapter 12. Air Quality, Atmospheric Dispersion (PDF, 891 kB)
Chapter 13. Sea Waves and Surges Chapter 13. Sea Waves and Surges (PDF, 730 kB)
Appendix 1 Appendix I-IV (PDF, 396 kB)
Index Index (PDF, 646 kB)

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