DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES                               Name____________________    

San Francisco State University                                         April 12, 2011                                                                      


Metr 201 Monteverdi Quiz #1

100 pts.

(Test will be collected at 10:05 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)  _18000 feet (564 dm)


(b)         The 300 mb level is found typically at what height (either in decameters or feet) __30000 feet (930 dm)


(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 _dynamic meteorology


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



(f)  Synoptic MeteorologyThe study and analysis of weather systems based upon analyses of a set and/or series of charts that contain a synopsis of weather observations at a given time. The understanding of these weather systems is based upon application of the principles of physical and dynamic meteorology.




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

         Provide the metric system units used conventionally for the                             following:


                      ______m s-1_____________________


                       _____ m s-1______________________


                       ______ m s-2_____________________


                     _______ cm s-1____________________


                     ______ m s-2_____________________




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)

The temperature changes experienced by an air parcel are due to temperature changes related to direct heating and cooling and/or temperature changes due to contraction or expansion.


2.    Term 2 is known as the ___diabatic or sensible heating/cooling____  term. (5 points)


3.    Term 3 is known as the ___adiabatic_______  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 specifically….they are just included to provide examples of a satellite and a radar image).


Satellite images tell meteorologists directly something about cloud patterns. Meteorologists then can examine those patterns and infer something about precipitation patterns. On the other hand, radar images tell meteorologists something directly about precipitation patterns. Meteorologists can then infer something about cloud patterns.