ERTH 260: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2018
Topics, Handouts, Assignments
Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Earth & Climate Sciences
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Some Resources

Forecast Products

Radar and Satellite

Sounding Sources

Designed Readings

Inclass Exercises and Homeworks

  • Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.
  • Keep all graded assignments/quizzes as you will need them to create the portfolio that is the final Laboratory assignment. Missing assignments will result in a lower grade

Quizzes and Labs

  • Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.
  • Keep all graded assignments/quizzes as you will need them to create the portfolio that is the final Laboratory assignment. Missing assignments will result in a lower grade

Class Grading

Summarized in Syllabus

Inclass Exercises

Inclass Exercise 1 (pdf) and Key: The Surface Weather Map (Avg. 72.7; High 98, Low 35)

Inclass Exercise 2 and Key: The Significance of the Dew Point Temperature (Avg. 91.6; High 100, Low 80; Three not turned in)

Inclass Exercise 3 and Key: Weather Map Features: Introduction to Boundaries(Avg.94.5; High 95, Low 91; Five not turned in)

In-class Exercise 4 (pdf) and Key: Inputs/Outputs/Net Change--Budget Approach to Understanding Lake Oroville Issues (100 points)(Distributed Wednesday 14 February; Due Wednesday 21 February 2018)

Inclass Exercise 5 and Key: Working With Weather Maps and Soundings:  Finding Pressure Features and Fronts(Due Wednesday 28 February 2018)

 


Homeworks

Homework 1 (pdf) : What do we need to know to understand the Joplin Tornadic Thunderstorm (Avg. 97.9; High 100, Low 95)

Homework 2 and Key: Working with Coordinate Systems and Graph Paper (Avg. 81.3; High 100, Low 51; Three not turned in)

Homework 3 (html) and Key: Weather Maps, Weather Features, and Soundings (Avg. 73.7; High 100, Low 24; Two not turned in))

Homework 4 and Key: Lofting Air Parcels and Relative Temperature Differences at a Given Level:  Environmental vs Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate and Key (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Homework 5 and Key: Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (Due Wednesday 28 February 2018)

 

 

Quizzes

Quiz #1 and Key: Friday 9 February (Avg. 63.8; High 91, Low 43)

Quiz #2: and Fig.4 and Key: Friday 26 February


Labs

Lab Exercise 1 (pdf)and Key: Establishing the Significance of the Joplin Tornado and the Effectiveness of the Forewarning (Avg. 82.6; High 94, Low 70)

Lab Exercise 2 (pdf) and Key: Basic Quantitative and Conceptual Problem Sovling(Avg. 83.8; High 100, Low 62; Three not turned in)

Lab Exercise 3 and Key: Hypothesis Formation (Avg. 80.7; High 100, Low 52; Two not turned in)

Lab Exercise 4 and Key: Understanding the Concept of the Gas Law (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Lab Exercise 5 and Key: Understanding the Gas Law (Due End of Class Friday 2 March 2018)

 

Class Session of Topics

Reading, Lab, In-Class Exercise or
Written Assignment

Readings are chosen carefully, and are focussed. Stull readings are more terse, advanced and quantitative...we will do some of the numerical problems in Stull.

February 21 and 23

Scientific Method as a Blueprint of General Steps to the Study of a Meteorological/Oceanographic Problem

Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitation

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Weather Observations

Inclass Activity of the Day

Quizzes

  • Quiz 2: Friday 26 February

Inclass Exercise

In-class Exercise 4: Inputs/Outputs/Net Change--Budget Approach to Understanding Lake Oroville Issues (100 points)(Distributed Wednesday 14 February; Due Wednesday 21 February 2018)

Inclass Exercise 5 and Key: Working With Weather Maps and Soundings:  Finding Pressure Features and Fronts(Due Wednesday 28 Feb2018)

Fronts: Cartoon and Schematic

Homework

Homework 4:  Lofting Air Parcels and Relative Temperature Differences at a Given Level:  Environmental vs Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate and Key (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Homework 5 and Key: Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (Due Wednesday 7 March 2018)

Laboratory

Lab Exercise 4: Understanding the Concept of the Gas Law (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Lab Exercise 5 and Key: Understanding the Gas Law (Due End of Class Friday 2 March 2018)

 

 

February 14 and 16

Scientific Method as a Blueprint of General Steps to the Study of a Meteorological/Oceanographic Problem

Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitation

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Weather Observations

Inclass Activity of the Day

Quizzes

  • Quiz 2: Friday 26 February

Inclass Exercise

Inclass Exercise 3 and Key: Weather Map Features: Introduction to Boundaries(Due Wednesday 14 February 2018)

In-class Exercise 4: Inputs/Outputs/Net Change--Budget Approach to Understanding Lake Oroville Issues (100 points)(Distributed Wednesday 14 February; Due Wednesday 21 February 2018)

Oroville Dam Exploration

Homework

Homework 3 (html) Weather Maps, Weather Features, and Soundings ( Due Friday 16 February 2018)

Homework 4:  Lofting Air Parcels and Relative Temperature Differences at a Given Level:  Environmental vs Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate and Key (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Laboratory

Lab Exercise 4: Understanding the Concept of the Gas Law (Due Friday 23 February 2018)

Lab Exercise 3: Hypothesis Formation (Due Friday 16 February 2018)


February 7 and 9

Scientific Method as a Blueprint of General Steps to the Study of a Meteorological/Oceanographic Problem

Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitation

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Weather Observations

Inclass Activity of the Day

Activity of the Day

Assignments

Inclass Exercises

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

Inclass Exercise 2 (pdf) and Key: The Significance of the Dew Point Temperature (Due Wednesday 7 February 2018

Inclass Exercise 3 and Key: Weather Map Features: Introduction to Boundaries(Due Wednesday 14 February 2018)

Homework

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

  • Homework 2 and Key: Working with Coordinate Systems and Graph Paper (Distributed Friday 2 February; Due Friday 9 February 2018)
  • Homework 3 (html) Weather Maps, Weather Features, and Soundings ( Due Friday 16 February 2018)

Laboratory

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

  • Lab Exercise 2 and Key: Basic Quantitative and Conceptual Problem Sovling(Due Friday 9 February 2018)
  • Lab Exercise 3: Hypothesis Formation ( Due Friday 16 February 2018)

Quizzes

  • First Quiz: Friday 9 February (discussed on Wednesday 7 February)
January 31 and
February 2

Scientific Method as a Blueprint of General Steps to the Study of a Meteorological/Oceanographic Problem

Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitation

Understanding Weather Observations

Inclass Activity of the Day

Assignments

Inclass Exercises

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

Inclass Exercise 2 (pdf) and Key: The Significance of the Dew Point Temperature (Due Wednesday 7 February 2018

Inclass Exercise 1 (pdf) and Key: The Surface Weather Map (Avg. 72.7; High 98, Low 35; Major Issue--Reading Instructions, Responsiveness to Questions)

Homework

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

  • Homework 1 (pdf) : What do we need to know to understand the Joplin Tornadic Thunderstorm (Avg. 97.9; High 100, Low 95; Minor Issue, Responsivness to Instructions, Reading INstructions)
  • Homework 2 and Key: Working with Coordinate Systems and Graph Paper (Distributed Friday 2 February; Due Friday 9 February 2018)

Laboratory

Grading done on basis of proper answers and responsiveness to the questions asked.

  • Lab Exercise 1: Establishing the Significance of the Weather Pattern associated with the Joplin Tornado and the Effectiveness of the Forewarning(Due Friday 2 February 2018)
  • Lab Exercise 2 and Key: Basic Quantitative and Conceptual Problem Sovling(Due Friday 9 February 2018)

Quizzes

  • First Quiz: Friday 9 February (discussed on Wednesday 7 February)
January 24 and 26

Syllabus

Introduction and Perspective

Inquiry Based Learning Exercise: The May 22, 2011 Joplin MO Tornadic (EF-5) Thunderstorm

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Scientific Method as a Blueprint of General Steps to the Study of a Meteorological/Oceanographic Problem

Background on the Event

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Events Archive

All students should purchase a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator.

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Meteorological Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitation

Understanding Weather Observations

 

Inclass Activity of the Day

Assignments

Quizzes

  • First Quiz: Friday 10 February (discussed on Wednesday 8 February)

Homework

  • Homework 1 (pdf) and Key: What do we need to know to understand the Joplin Tornadic Thunderstorm (Due Wednesday 31 January 2018)

Laboratory

  • Lab Exercise 1 (pdf) and Key: Establishing the Significance of the Joplin Tornado and the Effectiveness of the Forewarning (Due Friday 2 February 2018)