DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES                               Name____________________    

San Francisco State University                                         April 12, 2011                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Spring 2011


Metr 201 Monteverdi Quiz #1

100 pts.

(Test will be collected at 10:10 AM)


A.  Short Answer and Definitions.  (5 points each for a total of 25 points in this section).


(a) The 500 mb level is found typically at what height (either in decameters or feet)  ______


(b)         The 300 mb level is found typically at what height (either in decameters or feet) ______


(c)         The study of the development of and evolution of atmospheric motions and circulation systems as solutions of the fundamental equations of hydrodynamics or other systems of equations appropriate to special situations is the definition of __________________________________________


(d)         A contour of constant pressure is known as an _________________________________________



(f)  Synoptic Meteorology –



B.      Units. (5 pts each for a total of 25 pts)

         Provide the metric system units used conventionally for the                    following:














C. First Law of Thermodynamcs (30 points in this section).  The First Law of Thermodynamics, as we discussed it in class, is written out below.



Term 1        Term 2                 Term 3



1.    Write out the conceptual equivlaent of the First Law of Thermodynamics.  [Hint: the answer is NOT "the change in temperature equals the change in heat divided by the specific heat....etc...." (20 points)


2.    Term 2 is known as the __________________  term. (5 points)


3.    Term 3 is known as the __________________  term. (5 points)


D.  Short Essay.   (Answer below or in complete sentences, with subject, verb and object in each sentence, please.  You'll only need about five or six sentences here.  If you are writing more, you missed the point.)  (20 points in this section)


The two images on the next pages  are the infrared satellite image for 0330 UTC 3/20/11 and the radar reflectivity image for 1754 UTC 3/18/11. 


Such images tell meteorologists about something directly and then meteorologists can then make inferences.  Please comment on what satellite images and radar images show meteorologists directly and what inferences can be made from them as well.  (Note—I am not asking for you comment about what the particular images show below specificallyÉ.they are just included to provide examples of a satellite and a radar image).