Practical Meteorology:

An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science

Copyright 2015, 2016, 2017 by  Roland Stull.

Available to use and share for free under a Creative Commons License.
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"Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition" (MSE3) was written in 2011.  Updates were made in 2015 to half of the chapters, and the book was re-titled as "Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science" (PrMet).  Further updates to PrMet continue to be made annually.  Some readers prefer the original 2011 edition, so both editions are made available here.  
The online pdf files linked below are free to users. 
If you prefer to purchase a printed copy of PrMet, click here.

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Stull, R., 2015: "Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science."  Univ. of British Columbia.  938 pages.  isbn 978-0-88865-176-1
Get individual chapters free below, or the whole book free here (35.7 MB, for version 1.00b July 2016) as a pdf with chapters bookmarked.

Front cover , back cover & spine
Title, Contents, Preface 
Chapters (as pdf files designed for printing or viewing)
1. Atmospheric Basics -v1.02   1-26
2. Solar & Infrared Radiation - v1.02   27-52
3. Thermodynamics -v1.02
4. Water Vapor - v1.02    87-118
5. Atmos. Stability - v1.02 (& thermo diagrams)
6. Clouds - v1.02b   159-184
7. Precipitation Processes - v 1.02
8. Satellites & Radar - v1.02 
9. Weather Reports & Map Analysis - v1.02
10. Atmospheric Forces & Winds - v1.02 
11. General Circulation - v1.02
12. Fronts & Airmasses - v1.02
13. Extratropical Cyclones - v1.02
14. Thunderstorm Fundamentals
15. Thunderstorm Hazards   545-602
16. Tropical Cyclones
17. Regional Winds   645-686
18. Atmospheric Boundary Layer   687-722
19. Pollutant Dispersion   723-744
20. Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)   745-792
21. Natural Climate Processes
22. Atmospheric Optics   833-868
A. Scientific Tools
B. Constants & Conversion Factors
Index & Errata
Errata & Enhancements for PrMet

Date: Mon, Apr 18, 2016
Subject: Re: Stull's new meteorology text book

I have already visited his site a few weeks back and have made the decision to adopt this text for my intro to met class.  Having looked through it, I can say that the book is very well-rounded, richly and professionally illustrated, with some great supplementary (boxed) material for deeper dives.  Roland is a wonderful writer, with exceptionally clear expositions.  Props to Roland for making available this resource, in a time when text prices are escalating, and so many of them do not provide any quantitative degree of rigor.   It's a text AND an exercise manual rolled up into one!
Jeffrey B. Halverson, Ph.D.
Professor of Meteorology, Dept. Geography and Environmental Systems
Graduate Program Director
University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)

Date: May 5, 2016
Subject: Re: meteorology textbook

This is an amazing resource. As an undergraduate I used (and loved) your Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers text. I currently recommend that book to all my undergraduate students as a resource. This new book looks like it will be event better!

Thank you!
~Jennifer Griswold
Assistant Professor of Meteorology
Meteorology Department, University of Hawaii

Date: Jun 26, 2016
Subject: Re: meteorology textbook - - algebra-based

Hi Roland,
  Thank you so much for writing this textbook and for making it freely available. I am very familiar with its predecessor "Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers"…I’ve almost worn out my paper copy! I have found that these algebra-based books are useful even for more advanced students; after all, when writing numerical models we need to convert derivatives to finite differences anyway.

Kaj Williams
Asst. Research Professor
Dept. of Earth Sciences
Montana State University

For free access to the pdf files for each chapter in the old 2011 version of this book, click on the link below: 
Stull, R., 2011: "Meteorology for Scientists & Engineers, 3rd Edition."  Univ. of British Columbia.  938 pages.  isbn 978-0-88865-178-5 .

Creative Commons License
"Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science" and "Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers, 3rd Edition" by Roland Stull are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.    Under this license, you are free to:
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I modify the PrMet book once a year or so - - incorporating minor corrections into new versions of the book. The version number is on the first page of each chapter (except for version 1.00).  In between new versions, any interim corrections and enhancements are listed in the Errata.  The current versions are:  PrMet-v1.02 (2017) for recently revised chapters and PrMet-v1.00 (2015) for the other chapters.  The MSE3-v3.00 (2011) will not be updated further.  The whole-PrMet-book pdf is PrMet-v1.00b (2016), so it does not include the changes made to some of the chapters in 2017.
Last updated Jun 2017 by R. Stull