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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    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)(Avg. 90.6; High 100, Low 75, One Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 5 and Key: Working With Weather Maps and Soundings:  Finding Pressure Features and Fronts(Avg. 91.8; High 100, Low 64)

    Inclass Exercise 6 and Key: Student Discussion of Severe Weather Outbreak of May 1, 2008 (OKC Hailstorm)(Avg. 96.1; High 100, Low 75, One Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 7 and Key: Working with Soundings: Relative Humidity and Mixing Ratio Lines )(Avg. 86; High 95, Low 80, Two Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 8 and Key: Potential Temperature and Potential Density and Instability (Avg. 95.3; High 100, Low 82; Two Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 9 and Key: CAPE* and Vertical Velocity (Avg. 93.6; High 100, Low 75, Three not turned in) (*Sounding)

    Inclasss Exercise 10 and Key: Lessons from the El Reno May 31, 2013 Tornado Tragedy (List) Avg. 120.8; High 125, Low 105, One Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 11 and Key: Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Avg. 91; High 100, Low 60, Two not turned in)

    Inclass Exercise 12 (map) and Key: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere and the Ocean(Avg. 88.0; High 100; Low 20; Three Not Turned In)

    Inclass Exercise 13 and Key: Dine's Compensation and Forced Lofting (Avg. 98.6; High 100, Low 90;Three Not Turned In)


    Not Droppable:

    Inclass Exercise 14 (HTML): Student Discussion of the Afternoon Meteorological Environment Associated with the Joplin Tornado (Avg. 97.8; High 100, Low 80)


    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 (Avg. 76.6; High 100, Low 20, One Not Turned In)

    Homework 5 and Key: Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate(Avg. 94.5; High 100, Low 60)

    Homework #6 and Key: First Law of Thermodynamics and the Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate(Avg. 91.3; High 100, Low 70; One not turned in)

    Homework #7 and Key: Isentropes and Isohumes on Thermodynamic Diagrams (Avg. 98.1; High 100; Low 94)

    Homework #8 and Key: Radiation Budget Concepts and Thunderstorm Development(Avg. 82.6; High 100, Low 35)

    Homework #9 and Key: Algebraic Representation and Physical Interpretation of Change in Space and Time (Avg. 85.6; High 100, Low 34, Two Not Turned In)

    Homework #10 and Key: Climate Change and Severe Thunderstorms (Avg. 98.1, High 100, Low 95, Two Not Turned In)


    Not Droppable:

    Homework #11 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011, Satellite and Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Imagery Analyses (Avg. 90.5; HIgh 100, Low 62)

     

     

    Quizzes

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

    Quiz #2: and Fig.4 and Key: (Avg. 83.8; High 96, Low 71)

    Quiz #3 and Key: Friday 16 March 2018 Key (Avg. 88.2; High 99, Low 71)

    Quiz #4 and Key: Friday 13 April 2018 (Avg.69.0; High 94, Low 46)

    Quiz #5 and Key: (Avg.60.0; High 84.7, Low 19.3) and Makeup Sounding (Analyzed) (Makeup Avg 17.8, High 20, low 14) for Question 3 B.


    Not Droppable:

    Quiz #6 and Key: Friday 11 May 2018 (Avg. 87.2; High 130, Low 42)


    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(Avg. 75.0; High 100, Low 40)

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

    Lab Exercise 6 (pdf) and Key: Joplin Tornado Day--Relationship of Soundings to Horizontal Plots(Avg. 94.1; High 110, Low 70; One Not Turned In)and Presentations (Wednesday 14 March; One Missing-- -20 points))

    Lab Exercise 7 and Key: Adjusting the Gas Law for Variations in the Gas Constant Due to Water Vapor: Dry Line Example (Avg. 90.5; High 100, Low 80, Four Not Turned In)

    Lab Exercise 8 and Key: Working with Soundings:  Using Mixing Ratio Information and Exploration into Meaning of Instability (Avg. 93.6; High 100, Low 85, Three Not Turned In)

    Lab Exercise 9 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011: Weather Pattern and Thunderstorm Potential Diagnosis(Avg. 138.4; High 150, Low 92, Two Not Turned In)

    Laboratory Exercise 10 and Map and Key: Estimating the Temperature Change Due to Advection (Avg. 81.9, High 100, Low 50; Two Not turned In)


    Not Droppable:

    Lab Exercise 11 (pdf)and Key: Joplin Tornado Day: Subsynoptic, Thermodynamic, and Wind Shear Setting(Avg. 338.6, High 369, Low 309; Three Not turned In)

    Lab Exercise 12: Portfolio and Presentations(Avg. 171.8; High 200, Low 50)

     

     

    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.

    May 9 and 11

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    • Final Grading (Course Avg. 815.4; High 957.8, Low 595.4)
      • Final Grades will be assigned and available on university website 15 May (or earlier).
      • All work and grading sheets will be returned to you
      May 7, 2018
      • Presentations:
        • Jonathen Beliera: Senior Project--The Role of Atmospheric Rivers and Precipitation-Forming Processes in Peak 2-Day Rainfall Totals at San Francisco since 1950
        • Natalie Corkhill: BS Thesis; WRF Simulation of the Severe Downslope Windstorm Associated with the Tubbs Fire, Santa Rosa, CA, October 8-9, 2017
      • Joplin Tornado
    • Readings for Week
      • Stull: Chapter 11: General Circulation; 330-338; 340-341; 350-359; Next step transition to ERTH 465, 360 and beyond.

    Quizzes

    • Quiz #6: Friday 11 May 2018

    Inclass Exercise


    Not Droppable:

    Inclass Exercise 14: Student Discussion of the Afternoon Meteorological Environment Associated with the Joplin Tornado (Friday May 11, 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #11 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011, Satellite and Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Imagery Analyse(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 12: Portfolio and Presentations(Friday May 11, 2018)

    May 2 and 4

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

     

     

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    • Readings for Week
      • Stull: Chapter 8, Precipitation-Forming Processes; Chapter 9, Weather Maps and Weather Analysis; Chapter 12, Fronts/Air Masses; Chapter 13 Development of Surface Pressure Systems, pp. 426-442; 451-454; 463-470; Chapters 14 and 15 (all) Thunderstorms
      • Stull: Chapter 11: General Circulation; 330-338; 340-341; 350-359; Next step transition to ERTH 465, 360 and beyond.

      • Newton's Second Law of Motion
      • Continuity Equation
      • Divergence Aloft and Surface Pressure Systems: Thermal and Dynamic Lows

    Quizzes

    • Quiz #7: Friday 11 May 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 12: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere and the Ocean(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 13 and Key: Dine's Compensation and Forced Lofting (Due Friday 4 May 2018)


    Not Droppable:

    Inclass Exercise 14: Student Discussion of the Afternoon Meteorological Environment Associated with the Joplin Tornado (Friday May 11, 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #10 and Key: Climate Change and Severe Thunderstorms (Due Wednesday 2 May 2018)

    Homework #11 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011, Satellite and Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Imagery Analyse(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 11 (pdf)and Key: Joplin Tornado Day: Subsynoptic, Thermodynamic, and Wind Shear Setting(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Lab Exercise 12: Portfolio and Presentations(Friday May 11, 2018)

     

    April 25 and 27

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

     

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    April 25, 2018

    Quizzes

    • Quiz #5: Friday 27 April 2018
    • Quiz #6: Friday 11 May 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 11 and Key: Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Due Friday 27 April 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 12: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere and the Ocean(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 13 and Key: Dine's Compensation and Forced Lofting (Due Friday 4 May 2018)


    Not Droppable:

    Inclass Exercise 14: Student Discussion of the Afternoon Meteorological Environment Associated with the Joplin Tornado (Friday May 11, 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #9 and Key: Algebraic Representation and Physical Interpretation of Change in Space and Time (Due Wednesday 25 April 2018)

    Homework #10 and Key: Climate Change and Severe Thunderstorms (Due Wednesday 2 May 2018)

    Homework #11 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011, Satellite and Radar Reflectivity and Storm Relative Velocity Imagery Analyse(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Laboratory

    Laboratory Exercise 10 and Mapand Key: Estimating the Temperature Change Due to Advection (Finished by Wednesday 25 April 2018; Due Friday 27 April 2018)

    Lab Exercise 11 (pdf)and Key: Joplin Tornado Day: Subsynoptic, Thermodynamic, and Wind Shear Setting(Due Friday 4 May 2018)

    Lab Exercise 12: Portfolio and Presentations(Friday May 11, 2018)

     

    April 18 and 20

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

     

     

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    Quizzes

    • Quiz #5: Wednesday 25 April 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 9 and Key: CAPE and Vertical Velocity (Due Wednesday 25 April 2018)

    Inclasss Exercise 10 and Key: Lessons from the El Reno May 31, 2013 Tornado Tragedy (Due Wednesday 25 April 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 11 and Key: Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Due Friday 27 April 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #8 and Key: Radiation Budget Concepts and Thunderstorm Development (Due Wednesday 18 April))

    Homework #9 and Key: Algebraic Representation and Physical Interpretation of Change in Space and Time (Due Wednesday 25 April 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 9 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011: Weather Pattern and Thunderstorm Potential Diagnosis(Due Wednesday 18 April 2018)

     

     

    April 11 and 13

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

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

    Basic Definitions

    Understanding Weather Observations

     

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    Quizzes

    • Quiz 4: Friday 13 April 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 9 and Key: CAPE and Vertical Velocity(Due Friday 20 April)

    Homework

    Homework #8 and Key: Radiation Budget Concepts and Thunderstorm Development

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 8 and Key: Working with Soundings:  Using Mixing Ratio Information and Exploration into Meaning of Instability (Distributed Wednesday 29 March; Due Wednesday 11April 2018) Detail: Analyzed sounding, Lowest Part

    Lab Exercise 9 and Key: Joplin Tornado Day, May 22, 2011: Weather Pattern and Thunderstorm Potential Diagnosis(Due Wednesday 18 April 2018)

    April 4

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

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

    Basic Definitions

    Understanding Weather Observations

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    New Readings for Week of 28 March and By April 6, 2018

      • By March 28, 2018
        • Stull: Chapter 3,Chapter 3, pp. 53-73 (Latent Heat, Temperature Advection); Chapter 4, pp. Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 and pp. 100-107; Chapter 5, 119-121 (through Skew T Log P); 126-135; 138 (Starting with Static Stability First Column); 140 (Starting with Lapse Rate Names)- 141 (through Conditional Stability (Instability); 145 (Review)
        • Vasquez; 62-63; 76-81;94-101
        • Williams, Chapters 7-8, 12
      • By April 6, 2018
        • Stull: Chapter 3, pp. 60-73 (Latent Heat, Temperature Advection); Chapter 6 (Clouds); Chapter 10, pp. 289-299; 301-top 304; 307-308; 314-316 (Equation of Motion, Forces, Accelerations, Winds); Chapter 14 , pp 481-517 (Thunderstorms; Hodographs; Hodographs; Wind Shear)
      • Reading 2: Derived Relationships(Hypsometeric Relation and Poisson's Relation)
      • Poisson's Relation and the Clausius-Clapeyron Equation
    • Quiz 4: Wednesday 11 April 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 8 and Key: Potential Temperature and Potential Density and Instability (Distributed Wednesday 28 March; Due Wednesday 4 April 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #7 and Key: Isentropes and Isohumes on Thermodynamic Diagrams (Due Wednesday 4 April 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 8 and Key: Working with Soundings:  Using Mixing Ratio Information and Exploration into Meaning of Instability (Distributed Wednesday 29 March; Due Friday 6 April 2018)

    March 28

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

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

    Basic Definitions

    Understanding Weather Observations

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    New Readings for Week of 28 March and By April 6, 2018

      • By March 28, 2018
        • Stull: Chapter 3,Chapter 3, pp. 53-73 (Latent Heat, Temperature Advection); Chapter 4, pp. Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 and pp. 100-107; Chapter 5, 119-121 (through Skew T Log P); 126-135; 138 (Starting with Static Stability First Column); 140 (Starting with Lapse Rate Names)- 141 (through Conditional Stability (Instability); 145 (Review)
        • Vasquez; 62-63; 76-81;94-101
        • Williams, Chapters 7-8, 12
      • By April 6, 2018
        • Stull: Chapter 3, pp. 60-73 (Latent Heat, Temperature Advection); Chapter 6 (Clouds); Chapter 10, pp. 289-299; 301-top 304; 307-308; 314-316 (Equation of Motion, Forces, Accelerations, Winds); Chapter 14 , pp 481-517 (Thunderstorms; Hodographs; Hodographs; Wind Shear)
      • Reading 2: Derived Relationships(Hypsometeric Relation and Poisson's Relation)
      • Poisson's Relation and the Clausius-Clapeyron Equation
    • Quiz 4: Friday 6 April 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 7 and Key: Working with Soundings: Relative Humidity and Mixing Ratio Lines )(Distributed Friday 9 March; Due End of Class Friday 16 March 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 8 and Key: Potential Temperature and Potential Density and Instability (Distributed Wednesday 28 March; Due Wednesday 4 April 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #7 and Key: Isentropes and Isohumes on Thermodynamic Diagrams (Due Wednesday 4 April 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 7 and Key: Adjusting the Gas Law for Variations in the Gas Constant Due to Water Vapor: Dry Line Example (Distributed Wednesday 14 March; Wednesday 28 March 2018)

    Lab Exercise 8 and Key: Working with Soundings:  Using Mixing Ratio Information and Exploration into Meaning of Instability (Distributed Wednesday 29 March; Due Friday 6 April 2018)

    March 14 and 16

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

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

    Basic Definitions

    Understanding Weather Observations

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    New Readings for Week (Complete by Friday March 30, 2018):

      • Stull: Chapter 3,Chapter 3, pp. 53-73 (Latent Heat, Temperature Advection); Chapter 4, pp. Sections 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3 and pp. 100-107; Chapter 5, 119-121 (through Skew T Log P); 126-135; 138 (Starting with Static Stability First Column); 140 (Starting with Lapse Rate Names)- 141 (through Conditional Stability (Instability); 145 (Review)
      • Vasquez; 62-63; 76-81;94-101
      • Williams, Chapters 7-8, 12
      • Primitive Equations (Gas Law, Second Law of Motion, Hydrostatic Law)
      • Poisson's Relation and the Clausius-Clapeyron Equation
      • Virtual Temperature (synopsis) and Virtual Temperature
    • Quiz 3: Friday 16 March 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 7 and Key: Working with Soundings: Relative Humidity and Mixing Ratio Lines )(Distributed Friday 9 March; Due End of Class Friday 16 March 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #6 and Key: First Law of Thermodynamics and the Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (Due Wednesday 14 March 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 6 (pdf): Joplin Tornado Day--Relationship of Soundings to Horizontal Plots (Distributed Friday 2 March; Due End of Class Friday 9 March 2018) and Presentations (Wednesday 14 March)

    Lab Exercise 7 and Key: Adjusting the Gas Law for Variations in the Gas Constant Due to Water Vapor: Dry Line Example (Distributed Wednesday 14 March; Wednesday 28 March 2018)

    March 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

     

    New Readings for Week (Complete by Friday March 9, 2018):

      • Stull: Chapter 2, pp. 30-32; 36-37; 39-40; 41-43; 44-45; Chapter 10, pp. 289 to top of 293
      • Vasquez: pp. 9-19
      • Primitive Equations (Be ready to discuss: Gas Law, Second Law of Motion, Hydrostatic Law, First Law of Thermodynamics)
      • Browse: Derived Relationships(Poisson's Relation)
      • Laws of Radiation

    Quizzes

    • Quiz 3: Friday 16 March 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 7 and Key: Working with Soundings: Relative Humidity and Mixing Ratio Lines )(Distributed Friday 9 March; Due End of Class Friday 16 March 2018)

    Inclass Exercise 6 and Key: Student Discussion of Severe Weather Outbreak of May 1, 2008 (OKC Hailstorm) (Preliminary Work/Instructor Check; Wednesday March 7, 2018; Presentations and Turnin, March 9, 2018)

    Homework

    Homework #6 and Key: First Law of Thermodynamics and the Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (Due Wednesday 14 March 2018)

    Laboratory

    Lab Exercise 6 (pdf): Joplin Tornado Day--Relationship of Soundings to Horizontal Plots (Distributed Friday 2 March; Due End of Class Friday 9 March 2018) and Presentations (Wednesday 14 March)

    Lab Exercise 7 and Key: Adjusting the Gas Law for Variations in the Gas Constant Due to Water Vapor: Dry Line Example (Distributed Wednesday 14 March; Wednesday 28 March 2018)


    February 28 and March 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

    Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

    Understanding Weather Observations

    Inclass Activity of the Day

    Quizzes

    • Quiz 3: Friday 16 March 2018

    Inclass Exercise

    Inclass Exercise 5 and Key: Working With Weather Maps and Soundings:  Finding Pressure Features and Fronts(Due Wednesday 28 February 2018; Presentations 2 March 2018)

    Fronts: Cartoon and Schematic

    Inclass Exercise 6 and Key: Student Discussion of Severe Weather Outbreak of May 1, 2008 (OKC Hailstorm) (Preliminary Work/Instructor Check; Wednesday March 7, 2018; Presentations and Turnin, March 9, 2018)

    Homework

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

    Homework #6 and Key: First Law of Thermodynamics and the Dry Adiabatic Lapse Rate (Due Wednesday 14 March 2018)

    Laboratory

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

    Lab Exercise 6 (pdf): Joplin Tornado Day--Relationship of Soundings to Horizontal Plots (Distributed Friday 2 March; Due End of Class Friday 9 March 2018) and Presentations (Wednesday 14 March)



    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)