1. Develop a basic understanding of the structure and
evolution of synoptic systems such as fronts and cyclones.
2. Develop a better understanding of important dynamical concepts such as hydrostatics, thermal wind, and vorticity.
3. Develop some facility with basic tools of a synoptic meteorologist such as constant pressure charts, satellite data, and interactive analysis systems.
4. Develop insights into daily weather situations and weather forecasting.
Course Outline (click to view)
Class Times: MW, 1:30-4:20 PM; F 1:30-3:20 PM, Online. Generally: first hour lecture, second and third hours map discussion and lab.
Office Hours: Flexible. Email to set up a time. Zoom session or phone.
Textbook: Portions of Atmospheric Sciences: An Introductory Survey, by J.M. Wallace and P.V. Hobbs (Academic Press, 2006), COMET METED online modules, and supplementary handouts.
Two midterm exams 30%; laboratory work 25%; homework
15%, final exam 30%.
Links to Powerpoint
Presentations and Web Materials Used in Class
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