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Volume 18 Issue 01

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Volume 18, No. 1
Pages 250 - 251


BOOK REVIEW • Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary? Second Edition

By Michael N. Evans  
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Are observed climate variations best described as cyclical, stochastic, or chaotic in nature? This is the essential question posed by W.J. Burroughs. Our confidence in climate predictions on time scales of seasons to centuries, including the global warming debate, depends on the answer. The book explores evidence and arguments for cyclical features in direct meteorological records such as temperature and precipitation, as well as indirect, or proxy, climate data derived from geological, biological, and economic data series. It then proceeds to lay out the physical and statistical mechanisms that may support the existence of these cyclicities when the observations are messy, indirect, incomplete, or simply don’t span enough time.


Evans, M.N. 2005. Review of Weather Cycles: Real or Imaginary? Second Edition, by W.J. Burroughs. Oceanography 18(1):250–251, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2005.77.

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