News from Oct 22, 2016
Print and Distribution Borntraeger-Verlag, Stuttgart
The “European Meteorological Calendar” for 2017, which is published by the German Meteorological Society (DMG), aims to accompany you through the year with impressive photographs of meteorological phenomena. This bilingual calendar sets itself clearly apart from the usual photo calendars: the images on the front sides of the calendar pages are explained in scientific but readily understandable terms and a diverse range of scientific topics on the reverse sides are presented with texts and illustrations. The calendar therefore accords with the German Meteorological Society’s specific aim to promote interest in atmospheric processes and to disseminate knowledge about meteorology.
This year’s calendar is focussing on the topic of “thunderstorms”. These fascinating natural phenomena are presented in detail, ranging from the evolution of thunderstorms, their structure and predictability to estimates of their future frequency in a changing climate. A particular focal point is on lightning – how does it occur, which methods are used to detect it, and what happens when a person is struck by lightning? The theme is rounded off with articles on little- known phenomena that accompany thunderstorms and the history of the lightning rod.
We would also like to draw your attention once again to the artistic and aesthetic aspects of nature. Several reverse sides feature pictures and notes from Professor Johannes Eichhorn, whose work impressively combines science and art. The 35th Meteorological Calendar therefore once again seeks to convey the pleasure in observing, recognising and understanding atmospheric phenomena.