METR 201: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2009
Daily Topics
for John Monteverdi's Part of the Course

Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Geosciences

Links Links
Some Resources

Forecast Products

Radar and Satellite

Sounding Sources

JPM Designed Readings Graded Assignments* Graded Quizzes*

Daily In-class Exercises/Briefings
(grounded in Learning Objectives (LO) 1, 2 and 6)

Homework 1 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
(Part A: Avg 26.1, High 30, Low 22;
Part B: Avg. 55.7, High 70, Low 43; )

Homework 2 (grounded in LO 1, 3 and 5)
(Avg. 78.1, High 95, Low 65)

Homework 3 (grounded in LO 2, 3, 4 and 5)
(Avg. 84.0, High 95, Low 70)

Homework 4 (grounded in LO 1, 3 and 5)
(Avg. 81.0, High 100, Low 45)

Homework 5 (Due Wednesday 5/13/09) (grounded in LO 1, 4 and 5)

  • Homework 5 : Dine's Compensation and Vertical Motion with Synoptic-scale Systems
  • Homework 5 Solution

    *See syllabus for Learning Objectives

Quiz 1 (LO 2)
(Avg. 77.7, High 95, Low 61)

Quiz 2 (LO 2 and 3)
(Avg. 73.2, High 91, Low 46)

Quiz 3 (LO 1, 2, and 3)
(Avg. 70.8, High 98, Low 32)

Quiz 4 (LO 1, 3 5 and 6)
(Avg. 86.0, High 98, Low 70)

Quiz 5 (LO 1, 2 and 6)
(Avg. 77.2, High 100, Low 10)

Quiz 6 (May 13, 2009) (LO 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Week of Topics Reading, Lab, In-Class Exercise or
Written Assignment
May 11

May 3, 1999 Charts

May 3, 1999, 12 UTC: Surface Chart, Surface Chart with Isobars, Surface Chart with Isobars, Streamlines. Dewpoints, 500 mb Chart, 250 mb Chart, 250 mb Divergence

General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Severe Thunderstorms

 

  • All work will be returned via Department Office after noon on Thursday (I will be here Thursday morning if you want to pick up the material in person). After noon on Thursday, go to TH509 (Department Office) and show an ID to pick up your packet.
  • Your grade in my part of the course will be attached as a separate sheet.
  • Lowest quiz and homework scores will be automatically dropped
  • No class on Friday

Quiz 6

 

Chasing Storms

May 4

California Rainfall Map

Principle of Conservation of Mass Applied to the Atmosphere

 

 

Announcements

  • Quiz 6 (Last), Wednesday 5/13/09, 1010 AM

Readings on Continuity and
Its Relation To Surface Pressure System Development

Homeworks

Quiz 5 (Avg. 77.2, High 100, Low 10)

April 27

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

 

May 3, 1999, 12 UTC: Surface Chart, Surface Chart with Isobars, Surface Chart with Isobars, Streamlines. Dewpoints, 500 mb Chart, 250 mb Chart, 250 mb Divergence

Announcements

  • Quiz 5, Wednesday 5/6/09, 1010 AM

Readings on Continuity and
Its Relation To Surface Pressure System Development

In-class Lab (Polar Jet Stream) and Homework 4 (Polar Jet Stream and Polar Front):

Homeworks

Quiz 4

April 20

Frisday's Weather Chart Discussion

Wednesday's Weather Chart Discussion

  • Visible Satellite Images: 2012 and 0200 UTC
  • CAPE (surface parcel) and muCAPE (maximum unstable parcel, regardless of level)
  • Analyzed

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Common Thunderstorms

 

Sensors

Announcements

  • Quiz 4, Wednesday 4/29/09, 1010 AM
Readings on Geostrophy

Readings on Continuity

  • Reading 6: Conservation of Mass
  • Text Book Reading for Wednesday 29 April: Danielsen, Chapters 7 and 8

Homeworks

Quiz 3

April 13

Sounding Evaluation and Common Thunderstorms

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Sensors

Announcements

  • Quiz 3, Wednesday 4/22/09, 1010 AM
  • Quiz 2, Wednesday 4/15/09, 1010 AM
  • Rest of Homework 1 due Wednesday 4/15/09, 1010 AM
Readings on Geostrophy

Homeworks

Quiz 2

 

April 6

Skew T/Log P Procedures Review

Acceleration and Velocity(continued)

 

Announcements

  • Quiz 2, Wednesday 4/15/09, 1010 AM
  • Rest of Homework 1 due Wednesday 4/15/09, 1010 AM

Buoyancy Review Readings

 

 

March 30

Inquiry-based Investigation of the May 3-4, 1999 Outbreak of Tornadic Thunderstorms in Oklahoma and Kansas

Background

Acceleration and Velocity

Using the Scientific Method

Buoyancy Review

 

Buoyancy Review Readings

Assignments

  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Friday 3 April 2009
  • In Class Exercise 1 and Homework 1 (Only Question 1 is Due 8 April 2009): Sounding Interpretation Basics
  • 8 April 2009: Wednesday: Quiz 1
Feb 25

Introduction and Perspective

Time Zones

Weather Map Analysis

Dave Dempsey's Exercise

John Monteverdi Follow Up