METR 201: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2012
Daily Topics
for John Monteverdi's Part of the Course

Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Geosciences

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Some Resources

Forecast Products

Radar and Satellite

Sounding Sources

Designed Readings Graded Assignments* Graded Quizzes*

Class Grading

Summarized in Syllabus

Keys

Laboratory Exercise 1 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6) (Avg. 787.6; High 100; Low 38; One No Show Without Excuse)

Laboratory Exercise 2: Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (grounded in LO 1, 3,4, 5 and 6) (Avg. 95.3; High 100; Low 80; One No Show Without Excuse)

Laboratory Exercise 3: Operational Use of the Skew-T/Log P Diagram (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)(Avg. 93.8; High 100, Low 70))

Lab Exercise 4: Weather Pattern and Thunderstorm Potential Diagnosis (grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6)(Avg. 92.1; High 100; Low 72)

Lab Exercise 5: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere (grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6)(Avg. 96.6; High 100, Low 80)


Homework 1(grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6) (Avg 8.4; High 10, Low 5, 4 students did not turn assignment in)

Homework 2: Calculation of CAPE (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6) (Avg. 87.1; High 100; Low 15)

Homework 3: Evaluation of CAPE/CIN
(grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6)|
(Avg. 97.9; High 100; Low 85)

 


Quiz 1 (LO 2 and 6)

Quiz 1 and Key (Avg. 84; High 96; Low 58; One No Show Without Excuse)

Quiz 2 (LO 1, 2 and 6)

Quiz 2 and Key(Avg. 84.5; High 96; Low 60; Two No Shows Without Excuse)

Quiz 3 (LO 2, 3, 5 and 6)

Quiz 3 and Key(Avg. 91.2; High 100, Low 50)

Quiz 4 (LO 2, 3, 5 and 6)

Quiz 4: and Key (Avg: 77.7; High 97; Low 62; One No Show Without Excuse)

Quiz 5 (LO 1, 2, 4 and 6)

Quiz 5 and Key (Avg: 82.3 ;High 98.5; Low 60)

Quiz 6 (LO 2, 3, 4 and 6)

Quiz 6 and Key (Avg: 82.4 ;High 93.0; Low 67.5)

 

 

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

Understanding Thunderstorms

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding Cyclones and Anticyclones

Weather Briefing/Discussion:

Imagery of the Day: Mammatus 1, Mammatus 2, Mammatus 3, Supercell Tornado 1, Supercell Tornado 2, Half Dome 1, Half Dome 2, Half Dome 3

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 6: Friday 11 May 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (Started in class 2 May and to be completed as Homework 2 due Friday 4 May at end of class)

  • Lab Exercise 5: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere
    (grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6)
May 2

Understanding Thunderstorms

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for (Lofting) Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Understanding Cyclones and Anticyclones

Weather Briefing/Discussion:

Imagery of the Day:

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 5: Friday 4 May 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (Started in class 2 May and to be completed as Homework 2 due Friday 4 May at end of class)

April 25

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Severe Thunderstorm Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for (Lofting) Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Weather Briefing/Discussion:

Imagery of the Day:

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 4: Friday 27 April 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (Started in clas 18 April s and to be completed as Homework)

  • Inclass Exercise 3 Operational Use of the Skew-T/Log P Diagram (Due End of Class Friday 27 April 2012) (Readings 3 and 4 above)
    (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
April 18

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Severe Thunderstorm Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Evaporation and Condensation Review

  • Evaporation/Condensation Review:
    A, B, C and D

Understanding the Basic Reason for (Lofting) Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Weather Briefing Discussion:

April 19, 2012 Del Rio, TX Sounding Evaluation

April 12, 2012 Tornado Outbreak

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 3: Friday 20 April 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (Started in clas 18 April s and to be completed as Homework)

  • Inclass Exercise 3 Operational Use of the Skew-T/Log P Diagram (Due Beginning of Class Friday 27 April 2012) (Readings 3 and 4 above)
    (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
April 11

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Severe Thunderstorm Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Evaporation and Condensation Review

  • Evaporation/Condensation Review:
    A, B, C and D

Understanding the Basic Reason for (Lofting) Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Weather Briefing Discussion:

More on April 3, 2012 Tornado Outbreak

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 2: Friday 13 April 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (to be completed as Homework)

  • Inclass Exercise 2 Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Due Beginning of Class Wednesday 18 April 2012)
April 4

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Severe Thunderstorm Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Weather Briefing Discussion

April 6, 2012

April 4, 2012 -- Inquiry-Based Learning Module on Dallas Tornadoes of April 3, 2012

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Quiz 1: Friday 6 April 2012 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Laboratory (to be completed as Homework)

All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Friday 16 March 2012

  • Inclass Exercise 2 Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Due Beginning of Class Wednesday 6 April 2012)
March 28

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Heavy Rainfall Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Clouds (Centering , an example, on cumulonimbus)

  • Evaporation/Condensation
  • Lofting (Adiabatic Cooling)

 


Weather Briefing Discussio

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

March 14

Introduction and Perspective

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand a Weather Event (Such as a Heavy Rainfall Event)

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Clouds (Centering , an example, on cumulonimbus)

  • Evaporation/Condensation
  • Lofting (Adiabatic Cooling)

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Deducing the Reasons for Thunderstorm Development: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

 


 

 

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Homework

Homework 1: Complete Exercise in Handout on Velocity and Acceleration (Due Wedneseday 28 March 2012)

Laboratory

  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Friday 16 March 2012
  • Inclass Exercise 1 (Due Beginning of Class Friday 28 March 2012)