METR 201: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2010
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

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)
(Avg. 91.2; High 100 (multiple), Low 60)

Homework 2 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
(Avg. for Hwk 2a 47.0, High 50, Low 45)
(Avg. for Hwk 2b 46.0, High 50, Low 35)

Homework 3 (grounded in LO 1, 3 and 5)
(Avg. 74.3, High 100, Low 45))

Homework 4 (grounded in LO 1, 3, 4 and 5)
(Avg 89.6; High 100, Low 57)



*See syllabus for Learning Objectives

Note: All work will be returned in packets with your grade for the Monteverdi portion of Metr 201 possibly by Friday, 14 May, but no later than Monday, 17 May

Quiz 1 (LO 2)
(Avg. 65.3; High 98, Low 25)

Quiz 2 (LO 1, 2 and 6)
(Avg. 87.6; High 100 (multiple); Low 56)



*See syllabus for Learning Objectives

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.

May 12

 

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Conservation of Mass Applied to the Atmopshere: Dines Compensation

Reading 6: Conservation of Mass

General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Severe Thunderstorms

Weather Briefing Charts

Surface and NAM Initialization Surface Isobars and Thickness Contours, Surface Based CAPE, 0-1 km Helicity, Day 1 Outlook, Severe Storm Reports, Radar 1, Radar 2, Radar 3, tornado and Tornado Damage

In-class Lab/Hwk 5(Hypsometric Relation--Polar Jet Stream and Polar Front):

Readings on Continuity and
Its Relation To Surface Pressure System Development

May 10

Thunderstorms Odds and Ends

 

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Conservation of Mass Applied to the Atmopshere: Dines Compensation

Reading 6: Conservation of Mass

General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Severe Thunderstorms

Weather Briefing Charts

Surface and NAM Initialization Surface Isobars and Thickness Contours, Surface Based CAPE, 0-1 km Helicity, Day 1 Outlook

Readings on Continuity and
Its Relation To Surface Pressure System Development

 

May 5

 

Thunderstorms Odds and Ends

Wave Cyclone

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Homeworks

Quiz 5

  • Quiz 5 (Wednesday 5/12/10)

Reading

May 3

Common Thunderstorm

Acceleration and Velocity(continued)

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

 

 

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

April 29, 2010 Severe Thunderstorms in Kansas

Surface Chart, 500 mb Chart, 300 mb Chart, CAPE/CIN, Soundings: OKC 12 UTC and 00 UTC; TOP 12 UTC and 00 UTC; Radar, Vis Satellite

Homeworks

Quiz 5

  • Quiz 5 (Beginning of class, Monday 5/10/10)

Reading

April 26

Common Thunderstorm

Acceleration and Velocity(continued)

Weather Briefing Discussion

April 24, 2010 Tornadoes in Mississippi

Homeworks

Quiz 3

Reading

April 19 Understanding: Buoyancy (continued)

Skew T/Log P Procedures Review

Sounding Evaluation: Case Study of Loaded Gun Sounding

 

Announcements

  • Quiz 3, Monday 4/26/09, 0945 AM
  • Quiz 2, Monday 4/19/09, 0945 AM
  • Rest of Homework 1 due Wednesday 4/22/09, 0945 AM

Homeworks

Quiz 2

  • Quiz 2 (Beginning of class, Monday 4/19/10)
  • Quiz 2 Solution

Reading

Weather Briefing Discussion

April 12

Understanding: Buoyancy

Quizzes (Quiz #1 Postponed Until1 12 April 2010)

Buoyancy Review Readings

Weather Briefing Discussion

April 5

Understanding: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding: Buoyancy

Quizzes (Quiz #1 Postponed Until12 April 2010)

Buoyancy Review Readings

March 22

Introduction and Perspective

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

Background on Event


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method

 

Buoyancy Review Readings

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Wednesday 24 March 2010
  • In Class Exercise 1 and Homework 1: Sounding Interpretation Basics