Meteorology is the science that studies atmospheric phenomena, such as clouds, winds, precipitation and the processes that produce the same. It must not be mistaken with climatology, that studies the distribution of atmospheric phenomena on a planetary scale, over a period of many years and the variations that have taken place in time.
All meteorological phenomena originate in the atmosphere, in particular, in its lower layers, in the troposphere and the tropopause, that are directly in contact with the Earth’s surface. In order to understand these phenomena, it is also necessary to study the interactions between the atmosphere, the Earth’s surface, the oceans, the biosphere, man and human activities.
The most evident scope of meteorology is weather forecasting, however meteorology is a very complex science which integrates with climatology in order to try to understand the mechanisms of the atmosphere, through models, and studying how the climate changes, due to both natural and anthropic causes.

subjects dealt with in Meteorology knowledge

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What is meteorology?

The atmosphere is the densest part of the gaseous covering that envelops our planet. Due to its weight and to…

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Precipitation

Precipitation includes all forms of additional water, in the liquid or solid state, that fall or form on the Earth’s…

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How it works…

The most precise and accurate instrument to measure pressure is the mercury barometer, on the model of  E. Torricelli’s barometer…

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Weather forecasts

The capacity of making weather forecasts has always been one of Man’s requirements, in order to be able to manage…

special reports

  • 7 November 2008 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

    7 July 2010 / Air

    What is the weather like?

    On a summer day On a beautiful, sunny summer day you may plan to spend the day out of town,…

    11 December 2013 / Air

    Typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones

    The typhoon in the Philippines and the flood in Sardinia On November 8, 2013 typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with…

  • 7 January 2006 / Air

    In the eye of the cyclone

    A year of studies Recent studies confirm that the warming of the atmosphere causes an increase in the temperature of…

    15 April 2007 / Air

    Climate and dynasties

    Scientific research Far worse than Attila the Hun, the true calamity that has led to the fall of flourishing civilizations…

    29 April 2014 / Air

    What will the climate be like?

    Fiction vs reality In a famous scene of The day after tomorrow1, the paleoclimatologist Jack Hall presents the results of…

  • 30 May 2014 / Air

    Latest news regarding the Climate

    A short summary Polar temperatures in the USA, days in March that are almost like summer, extremely violent typhoons ...…

    23 October 2013 / Air

    Carbon Footprint

    CO2 emissions and lifestyles If your parents decide to buy a new car, they might be attracted by a car…

    10 May 2008 / Air

    Bioindicators

    Monitoring the environment Ecologic research is more and more oriented towards an assessment of the quality of the environment and…

  • 7 November 2008 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

    7 July 2010 / Air

    What is the weather like?

    On a summer day On a beautiful, sunny summer day you may plan to spend the day out of town,…

  • 11 December 2013 / Air

    Typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones

    The typhoon in the Philippines and the flood in Sardinia On November 8, 2013 typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with…

    7 January 2006 / Air

    In the eye of the cyclone

    A year of studies Recent studies confirm that the warming of the atmosphere causes an increase in the temperature of…

  • 15 April 2007 / Air

    Climate and dynasties

    Scientific research Far worse than Attila the Hun, the true calamity that has led to the fall of flourishing civilizations…

    29 April 2014 / Air

    What will the climate be like?

    Fiction vs reality In a famous scene of The day after tomorrow1, the paleoclimatologist Jack Hall presents the results of…

  • 7 November 2008 / Air

    Lightning

    Help! a storm! Man has always been afraid of lightning, in fact in the past lightning was considered a sign…

  • 7 July 2010 / Air

    What is the weather like?

    On a summer day On a beautiful, sunny summer day you may plan to spend the day out of town,…

  • 11 December 2013 / Air

    Typhoons, hurricanes and cyclones

    The typhoon in the Philippines and the flood in Sardinia On November 8, 2013 typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines with…

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curiosities

  • Weather over the Mediterranean Sea

    The weather in the Mediterranean areas is generally associated with fair weather in summer (except occasional formation of storms) and…

    How hot it is!

    When we feel an oppressive heat, our first thought goes to the mercury column of the thermometer. We associate the…

    Meteorological satellites

    Meteorological observations from satellites are at present the most avant-garde systems to collect data regarding the higher altitudes of the…

  • The weather-wizard

    Man’s great dream has always been to be able to control atmospheric events, in particular the rainfall. Every culture has…

    GOES meteorological satellites

    The numerous civil and military satellites orbiting around us are currently able to observe practically every point of the planet.…

    METEOSAT European satellites

    The first European meteorological satellite was launched in November 1977, the first of the METEOSAT series. At present there are…

  • Radars in meteorology

    Radar (acronym for radio detection and ranging) monitoring techniques  are used to record the position of objects of any size,…

    Tornado chasers

    Tornadoes are one of the most violent and spectacular meteorological manifestations. They appear suddenly without any warning, they move rapidly…

    Red sunsets

    At dawn and at sunset, the sun’s radiation reaches the ground at a very low angle of incidence, therefore the…

  • Weather over the Mediterranean Sea

    The weather in the Mediterranean areas is generally associated with fair weather in summer (except occasional formation of storms) and…

    How hot it is!

    When we feel an oppressive heat, our first thought goes to the mercury column of the thermometer. We associate the…

  • Meteorological satellites

    Meteorological observations from satellites are at present the most avant-garde systems to collect data regarding the higher altitudes of the…

    The weather-wizard

    Man’s great dream has always been to be able to control atmospheric events, in particular the rainfall. Every culture has…

  • GOES meteorological satellites

    The numerous civil and military satellites orbiting around us are currently able to observe practically every point of the planet.…

    METEOSAT European satellites

    The first European meteorological satellite was launched in November 1977, the first of the METEOSAT series. At present there are…

  • Weather over the Mediterranean Sea

    The weather in the Mediterranean areas is generally associated with fair weather in summer (except occasional formation of storms) and…

  • How hot it is!

    When we feel an oppressive heat, our first thought goes to the mercury column of the thermometer. We associate the…

  • Meteorological satellites

    Meteorological observations from satellites are at present the most avant-garde systems to collect data regarding the higher altitudes of the…

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