James Espy and the Beginnings of Cloud Thermodynamics

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  • 1 Institute of Atmospheric Physics, The University of Arizona
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The work of the nineteenth-century American meteorologist, James P. Espy, is discussed in relationship to the early development of understanding of the thermodynamics of clouds and the dynamics of convection. Espy was the first to recognize the important role of release of latent heat of condensation in sustaining cloud and storm circulations.

The work of the nineteenth-century American meteorologist, James P. Espy, is discussed in relationship to the early development of understanding of the thermodynamics of clouds and the dynamics of convection. Espy was the first to recognize the important role of release of latent heat of condensation in sustaining cloud and storm circulations.

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