Some Opinions about the First Edition of the Book (1993)

The First Edition of “Tropical Meteorology” brought out in 1993 was well received throughout the world as seen from some opinions about the first Edition of the Book (1993).


“The Book is unique in several respects.One, it is a combination of an Advanced Text-Book and a Compendium.Two,it integrates Synoptic Meteorology,Climatology and Theoretical Meteorology. Three,it generates in the reader a feeling of growing with the rapid developments in Tropical Meteorology which have taken place during the last century.Four, there are passages which indicate to the critical reader,the ill-understood aspects of the atmospheric processes over the Tropics, so that the research-minded can make his own contribution. Five, each Chapter ends with an extended summary which can help students preparing for an examination,and the elderly Meteorologists who do not have time to follow the recent developments directly from journals and Monographs.”

Prof. P.R. Pisharoty (India)

“……a great accomplishment, I had myself been thinking about it but never dared do it for fear of an overwhelming mass of work and I never contemplated anything of the magnitude of your work, very complete and with what very useful summary at the end of each Chapter. I have shown the books to various meteorologists here and also to visitors from the tropics. They all agree that the Chapters are excellent, complete and understandable; and suitable also for class instruction.”

Prof. Herbert Riehl (USA)

“……I congratulate you on its production. My admiration for your achievement arises partly from the fact that I have been attempting, for over a decade, to re-write Palmen’s and my book “Atmospheric Circulation Systems”. From this effort, I can appreciate the massive labors that obviously went into your book. I might add that my own motivation is what I perceive as yours, namely to pass on to the younger generation (as well as established meteorologists) the knowledge you have gained in your long career as forecaster, researcher and teacher. The literature has become so staggeringly vast, that it can only be dealt with through such an integration as you have given.”

Prof. C.W. Newton (USA)

“……The size of your work is justified by your coverage of the entire atmosphere rather than a regional study. I have always felt that the treatment of tropical meteorology should be related to the circulation and physics of the atmosphere as a whole… I have scanned your book and have read a few pages at random, and I can say “bravo” for a work well done. I know that the book will be a classic of this generation of meteorologists and many years to come.”

Prof. Horace R. Byers (USA)

“Your book is indeed a compendium of tropical meteorology, covering a wide range of topics, and I cannot think of any particular item that is missing. Also, it has very good balance between descriptive presentations and theoretical discussions….. The book is informative, particularly in the historical development of various topics and the in-depth view of tropical circulations by the researcher who lives in the tropics. I have no doubt that this book will serve as a standard textbook in tropical meteorology.”

Prof. Akira Kasahara, NCAR (USA)

“…..It is very gracious of you to send us this voluminous effort of your dedication. We have placed this in our Laboratory to benefit all our scientists and students.”

Prof. T.N. Krishnamurti (USA)

“…..From experience, I know that authoring a textbook is an enormous job, especially one that covers such a wide range of topics. Your book is a very nice addition to the literature, and I am sure it will be welcomed by students and research workers in meteorology.”

Prof. James R. Holton (USA)

“The author of this two-volume text, G.C. Asnani, has had extended experience in research meteorology, operational forecasting and graduate-level teaching… This unique background has enabled him to assemble scientific knowledge of synoptic and dynamical meteorology…. The content has been well researched and the presentation is honest and convincing. Careful attention has been paid to historical accuracy. One of the most astonishing aspects of the volumes is the total content—everything from dust-devils to stratospheric waves. The reference list is quite comprehensive and generally up-to-date… I would recommend it as an important acquisition to any meteorologist’s library.”

Australian Met. Mag. (Prof. Noel Davidson)
March 1994,Vol.43, No.1, 69-70

“This large treatise, obviously prepared by the author over the period of some years, is essentially a text embracing virtually the whole of meteorology with its main emphasis on the tropics… It presents an integrated approach combining analyses of observations, theory and numerical modelling, based on the author’s extensive experience as a researcher and forecaster….. The author has selected his diagrams with considerable care with few redundancies, and has generally succeeded not only in illustrating the relevance of the theory but also in pointing out its present limitations in the provision of adequate explanation of what is observed. A distinctive feature of these volumes is the inclusion of much interesting historical information both on the development of the theory and on the backgrounds of some of the outstanding contributors such, as for instance, Milankovitch.”

Quart. J. Roy. Meteor. Soc. (Prof. R.P. Pearce)
July 1994,Part B, Vol.120, No.519, 1426-1427

“…..This book aims at providing an integrated approach (synoptic meteorology plus dynamic meteorology) in weather forecasting for the tropics… Special historical account is also given of some inspiring events in the history of meteorology like L.F. Richardson’s integration of NWP equations on the battle-front, the bundling up of his papers in a charcoal bag, the struggle of Charney and his collaborators in producing the first NWP Forecasts on the ENIAC, the story of Milankovitch in formulating the quantitative theory of long-term climatic changes on the earth, etc. Genius flowers under a combination of inspiration and perspiration, it is said… All in all, this is a fine work which embraces a wide and important field of study, and may be said to be reasonably priced for such a long work.”

J.of Meteor. (Dr. G.T. Meaden) (U.K.)
May/June 1993,Vol.18, No.179, 182-183

“The most astonishing feature of this 2-volume book is that it has been published by the author. May be this is the way to get the layout of a book right. The line drawings, the equations, the typesetting are all superb, and I pay my respects to the author for the pains that he has taken.... Professor Asnani is well known in the field of tropical meteorology. Dr. Asnani has always had a special interest and curiosity in the practical aspect of tropical meteorology. This is evidenced on the front cover page, which contains not only the title and author’s name but also satellite photograph of India and the Indian Ocean-following by a question : “Why is the equator relatively free from clouds?”...... The book is recommended for meteorology students in tropical countries, and for meteorology libraries in all countries.

Boundary Layer Meteor. (Prof. R.E. Munn) (Canada)
February 1994,Vol.68, No.1-2, 215-216

“This work is primarily an extensive reference text: it is also a bibliographic gold mine. I found particularly valuable the discussions pertaining to the Indian monsoons and the circulation over eastern Africa, areas to which Asnani has devoted much of his professional life.”

Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. (Prof. S. Hastenrath)
July 1994,Vol.75, No.7, 1280