Recommended Reading for Students Entering the Graduate Program

The following textbooks were recommended by the meteorology students in our graduate department as good references for the core courses. You may want to look at one or two of these over the summer as a primer to the course material.

Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey by Wallace and Hobbes
Recommended by several graduate students
Designed as an introduction for undergraduate meteorology majors
Math involved but not math intensive
Many figures and pictures

A World of Weather by Grenci and Nese
Recommended by several graduate students
Designed as introduction for non-science majors
Gives detailed physical insight to meteorology without math
Many figures and pictures

Meteorology Today by Ahrens
Recommended by several graduate students
Designed as introduction for non-science majors
Gives detailed physical insight to meteorology without math
Many figures and pictures

Meteorology for Scientists and Engineers by Stull
Recommended by a few graduate students
Designed as introduction for undergraduate science and engineering majors
Math involved but no calculus
Figures and pictures

Introduction to Theoretical Meteorology by Hess
An older text (originally 1959) designed as an introduction for undergraduate meteorology majors
Math intensive
Mostly text, less figures and pictures

Physics of Climate by Peixoto and Oort
Recommended as a good reference on global circulation and ocean-atmosphere-earth system, but not as good for weather

Atmospheric Physics by Salby
A few graduate students did not consider this a good book to start with
Considered as a good general reference book for atmospheric science and meteorology majors
Math intensive
Mostly text, less figures and pictures

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