ERTH 465: Synoptic/Mesoscale Meteorology of the Middle Latitudes
SFSU, Fall 2017
Topics, Handouts, Assignments
Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Earth & Climate Sciences
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Some Resources

Forecast Products

Radar and Satellite

Sounding Sources

Special Information Graded Assignments Graded Quizzes, Exams, and Labs

Inclass Excercises

Homeworks

  • Homework 1 and Key: Review of ERTH 260 Material
    (Avg. 93.2; High 100, Low 84)
  • Homework 2: and Key: Deterministic Temperature Forecasting Using Simplified Temperature Tendency Equation (Avg. 95; High 100, Low 90)
  • Homework 3 and Key The Human Element in Weather Forecasting(Avg. 98.2; High 100, Low 94)
  • Homework 4 and Key: Thinking About Material in Textbooks (Avg. 99.8; High 100, Low 99)
  • Homework 5 and Key: Cyclostrophic Wind in Hurricane Maria (Avg. 100; High 100, Low 100)
  • Homework 6 and Key: Using the NOAA Reanalysis Web Portal (Avg. 100; High 100, Low 100)
  • Homework 7: Presentation of Spot Forecast Station Climatologies--Period 2 (Avg 102; High 105, Low 100)
  • Homework 8 and Key: Explanations of Features in the Zonal Portion of the General Circulation Using Thermal Wind Concepts (Avg 97; High 100, Low 90)
  • Homework 9: Presentation of Spot Forecast Station Climatologies--Period 3 (Avg 92; High 100, Low 60)
  • Homework 10: 5 minute Synopsis of Readings (See Readings) (Avg. 100; High 100, Low 100)
  • Homework 11 and Key: (Avg. 97; High 100; Low 85)

 

Quizzes

Tests

Labs

  • Lab Exercise 1 and Key (Map): Temperature Tendency Equation and Temperature Advection (Avg. 91.3; High 100, Low 85)
  • Lab Exercise 2 and Sounding and Key: Basic Techniques(Avg. 178; High 195, Low 150)
  • Lab Exercise 3 and Key: Basic Chart Diagnosis and Interpretation (Avg. 198; High 200, Low 195)
  • Lab Exercise 4 and Key: Contouring Isobars and Isohypses (Avg. 82.5; High 90, Low 70)
  • Lab Exercise 5(pdf version) and Key: Surface Weather Observations (METARS) and Frontal Analysis (Last Day to Work on in Class, Thursday 12 October 2017)
  • Lab Exercise 6 and Key: Vertical Consistency and Thickness Analyses (Avg 281; High 295, Low 244)(Turn in Excel Spreadsheet by email) (JPM's Spreadsheet) (Excel Spreadsheet Rubric 20 pts Compliant With Assignment/20 pts User Friendly/Easy To Use)
  • Lab Exercise 7 and Key: Southern Hemisphere General Circulation(Avg. 198; High, 200, Low 195)
  • Lab Exercise 8: Absolute Geostrophic Vorticity (Due Tuesday 12 December; Last Day to Work on In Class, Thursday 30 November)


 

Week 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.

December 12

Week 16

  • Exploration
    • Latest Look at the Ensemble: Horrible Drought or Not?
  • Tests
    • Final Examination: 8:45-10-30 AM, Thursday 14 December 2017

  • Inclass Exercises:
    • Final Inclass Exercise--11 and Key: Diagnosing Fronts and Upper Tropospheric Divergence Using Vorticity Patterns (Including Presentations) (Due Tuesday 12 December)

  • Laboratory

December 5

Week 15

Inclass Activities of the Day

November 28

Week 14

Inclass Activities of the Day

November 14

Week 13

Inclass Activities of the Day

November 7

Week 12

Inclass Activities of the Day

October 31

Week 11

Inclass Activities of the Day

October 24

Week 10

Inclass Activities of the Day

  • Exploration
  • Tests
    • There will be an open book/open notes/open computer exam on Thursday 26 October. There still will be a forecast at the normal time. I will do the weather briefing. The student who did the Tuesday briefing will do the his/her second weather briefing Tuesday 31 October.

  • Inclass Exercises:
  • Laboratory
    • Lab Exercise 6: Vertical Consistency and Thickness Analyses (Due Thursday 26 October)

  • Homework
    • Homework 7: Presentation of Spot Foreqcast Station Climatologies (Due Tuesday 17 October)
    • Homework 8 and Key: Explanations of Features in the Zonal Portion of the General Circulation Using Thermal Wind Concepts (Due Tuesday 24 October)

  • Readings for Week through November 2

October 17

Week 9

Inclass Activities of the Day

  • Exploration
  • Tests
    • Quiz #3, Tuesday 17 October ; Coriolis Acceleration and the Rossby Number
    • There will be an open book/open notes/open computer exam on Thursday 26 October. There still will be a forecast at the normal time. I will do the weather briefing. The student who did the Tuesday briefing will do the his/her second weather briefing Tuesday 31 October.

  • Inclass Exercises:
  • Laboratory
  • Homework
    • Homework 7: Presentation of Spot Foreqcast Station Climatologies (Due Tuesday 17 October)
    • Homework 8 and Key: Explanations of Features in the Zonal Portion of the General Circulation Using Thermal Wind Concepts (Due Tuesday 24 October)

  • Readings for Week through October 12
    • Bluestein, pp. 32-40; 37-73; bottom of page 181-198; 247-271; 282-284; 296-298
    • Djuric, (Already assigned--Chps 1, 2); Chapter 3; Chapter 4, pp. 50-62; Chapter 6, 88-96; Chapter 7, 105-107; Appendix A, B, C, D,H, I (temperature advection)
    • Continuity and Dines Compensation

October 10

Week 8

Inclass Activities of the Day

 

October 3

Week 7

Inclass Activities of the Day

  • Exploration
  • Quizzes
    • Quiz #2, Tuesday 3 October

  • Inclass Exercises:
    • Inclass Exercise 5and Key: Gradient Wind Divergence associated with Short Waves and Long Waves (Due Thursday 28 September 2017)
    • Inclass Exercise 6 and Key: Thermal Wind (Due Tuesday 10 October)

  • Laboratory
    • Lab Exercise 4: Contouring Isobars and Isohypses (Same surface chart and 500 mb chart as in Lab 3) (Last Day to Work on in Class, Thursday 28 September 2017)
    • Lab Exercise 5 (pdf version): Surface Weather Observations (METARS) and Frontal Analysis (Last Day to Work on in Class, Tuesday 10 October 2017)

  • Homework
    • Homework 6and Key: Using the NOAA Reanalysis Web Portal (Due Tuesday 3 October 2017)
    • Homework 7: Presentation of Spot Forecast Station Climatologies (Due Tuesday 10 October)

  • Readings for Week through October 12
    • Bluestein, pp. 32-40; 37-73; bottom of page 181-198; 247-271; 282-284; 296-298
    • Djuric, (Already assigned--Chps 1, 2); Chapter 3; Chapter 4, pp. 50-62; Chapter 6, 88-96; Chapter 7, 105-107; Appendix A, B, C, D,H, I (temperature advection)

September 26

Week 6

Inclass Activities of the Day

  • Surface Lows: Dynamic-- related to divergence east of trough axes and west of ridge axes in the upper troposphere and Thermal (warm core) -- related to upper tropospheric divergence in response to thickness (temperature) rises in whole air column -- Wave cyclone of January 4, 2008 and Katrina
  • WGSL scripts: difax, sfcplot, sfcwx with region syntax -re=us
  • wxp
  • Quizzes
    • Quiz #2, Tuesday 3 October

  • Inclass Exercises:
    • Inclass Exercise 4 and Key: Thickness Contours, Fronts, Baroclinic and Barotropic States
    • Inclass Exercise 5 and Key: Gradient Wind Divergence associated with Short Waves and Long Waves (Due Thursday 28 September 2017)

  • Laboratory
    • Lab Exercise 3: Basic Chart Diagnosis and Interpretation(Due Thursday 21 September 2017)
    • Lab Exercise 4: Contouring Isobars and Isohypses (Same surface chart and 500 mb chart as in Lab 3) (Last Day to Work on in Class, Thursday 28 September 2017)

  • Homework
    • Homework 5 and Key: Cyclostrophic Wind in Hurricane Maria (Due Tuesday 24 September 2017)
    • Homework 6 and Key: Using the NOAA Reanalysis Web Portal (Due Tuesday 3 October 2017)

  • Readings for Week through October 12
    • Bluestein, pp. 32-40; 37-73; bottom of page 184-198; 247-271; 282-284; 296-298
    • Djuric, (Already assigned--Chps 1, 2); Chapter 3; Chapter 4, pp. 50-62; Chapter 6, 88-96; Chapter 7, 105-107; Appendix A, B, C, D,H, I (temperature advection)

September 19

Week 5

Inclass Activities of the Day

September 12

Week 4

Inclass Activities of the Day

Assignments

September 5

Week 3

Inclass Activities of the Day

Assignments

August 29

Week 2

Inclass Activities of the Day

Assignments

  • Inclass Exercises:

  • Laboratory
    • Lab Exercise 1: Temperature Tendency Equation and Temperature Advection (Due Tuesday 5 September 2017)

  • Homework
    • Homework 2: Deterministic Temperature Forecasting Using Simplified Temperature Tendency Equation (Due Tuesday 5 September 2017)

  • Readings for Week through September 7

August 24

Week 1

 

Inclass Activities of the Day

Assignments

  • Inclass Exercises:

    Homework

    • Homework 1: Review of ERTH 260 Material
      (Due Tuesday 29 August 2017)

    Laboratory

    • Lab Exercise 1: Lagrangian and Eulieran Derivatives and the Temperature Tendency Equation: A Deterministic Way to Forecast Temperature(Not Assigned Yet)