There are six papers on the history of Australian meteorology. A general narrative survey is followed by studies of instrumentation and observing networks, of the centennial drought, and of 19th century perceptions of the "health" of the Australian climate (including arguments over whether Melbourne's climate was good for tuberculosis). Two rather technical papers deal with cloud physics from 1949 to 1985 and with research on "turbulent transfer in the lower atmosphere" (the latter is the only piece in the volume that uses any mathematics).
Turning to particular meteorological phenomena, there are papers on floods, droughts, and the Southern Oscillation index (the El Niño effect), on tropical cyclones, on morning glory cloud lines in the Gulf of Carpentaria, on dust storms, on east coast cyclones, and on the southerly buster. The papers in the final section explore Australian contributions to meteorological instrumentation: satellite remote sensing, the Jindalee skywave radar, fast-response instruments for turbulence measurements, the use of aircraft, and acoustic sounding of the atmosphere.
With a attractively broad selection of material, Windows on Meteorology is an enjoyable introduction to Australian meteorology. While it has the apparatus of a scholarly volume (references are provided with each of the papers) and its inter-disciplinary approach makes it of obvious appeal to anthropologists, ecologists, and historians of science, it is also perfectly accessible to a general audience.