An authoritative and comprehensive dictionary of weather, forecasting, and climate terms with illustrative examples of specific events and extremes. Find out where and when the world's largest hailstone fell or where the highest temperature was recorded using the list of weatehr records, and check climate data for different weather types from around the world. Key terms from the related fields of oceanography, hydrology, and climatology are also covered as well as biographical information on important people in the development of meteorology. A black & white plate section shows the main cloud types as well as satellite images of weather systems. This is an essential reference source for both professional meteorologists as well as amateaurs looking to increase their knowledge of the field.