List of illustrations; Some useful constants and units; Introduction; 1. The facts which call for explanation. A sketch of the surface distribution of the meteorological elements over the globe; 2. Some statistical and thermal relationships; 3. Water-vapour in the atmosphere. The ascent of damp air; 4. Thermodynamics of the atmosphere; 5. Radiation; 6. Radiation in the troposphere; 7. Radiative equilibrium and the stratosphere; 8. The general equations of motion; 9. Motion under balanced forces: the gradient wind; 10. Surfaces of discontinuity; 11. The general aspects of turbulence; 12. Turbulence in the atmosphere: the eddies as diffusing agencies; 13. The classification of winds; 14. The transformations of energy in the atmosphere; 15. The growth of cyclic circulations and of pressure inequalities in the atmosphere; 16. The idea of air masses; 17. The Polar front and its relation to the development of cyclones; 18. Anticyclones; 19. The general circulation of the atmosphere; Appendix; Index of names; Index of subjects.
First published in 1934, and then in a second edition in 1939, this book reviews theoretical meteorology at the time.