METR 201: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2011
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

Inclass and Homework Exercise 1 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
(Avg. 93.5; High 100 (multiple), Low 83)

Inclass and Homework Exercise 3 (grounded in Learning Objectives (LO) 1, 2 and 6)
(Avg 99.9, High 100, Low 99)

Quiz 1 (LO 2)

Quiz 1 and Key (Avg. 74.1; High 91, Low 41)

Quiz 2 (LO 1, 2 and 6)

Quiz 2 and Key(Avg.79.3 ; High 100, Low 52)

Quiz 3 (LO 2 and 3)

Quiz 3 and Key (Avg. 85.3; High 99; Low 61)

Quiz 4 (LO 2 and 3)

Quiz 4 and Key (Avg. 81.6; High 97; Low 64)

Quiz 5/6 (LO 2 and 3)

Quiz 5/6 and Key (Avg. 172.4; 194; Low 132)

Temperature Conversion

 

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 10

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Thunderstorms (continued)

Acceleration and Velocity(continued)

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 Discussion

Quiz 5

Assignments

Readings

Laboratory
May 5

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Upper Air Charts

Common Thunderstorm

Weather Briefing Discussion

Quiz 4

Assignments

Readings

Laboratory
May 3

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Wave Cyclone in Setting Environmental Constraints for Severe Thunderstorm Development

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorm

Skew T/Log P Procedures Revie

Sounding Evaluation: Case Study of Loaded Gun Sounding

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

Quiz 4

  • Quiz 4 (Beginning of class, Thursday 5/5/11)
  • Quiz 4 Key

Assignments

Readings

Laboratory
April 26 and 28

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorm

Skew T/Log P Procedures Review

Weather Briefing Discussion

Quiz 3

Assignments

Readings

Laboratory
April 19 and 21

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorm

Sounding Evaluation: Case Study of Loaded Gun Sounding

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignmsents

Quiz 2

Readings

Laboratory
April 13

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignmsents

Quiz 2

  • Quiz 2 (Beginning of class, Thursday 4/21/10)
  • Quiz 2 Solution

Readings

Laboratory
  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Wednesday 24 March 2011
April 11

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1 (Open Books, Open Notes): Tuesday 12 April

Readings

Laboratory
April 7

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Understanding Updrafts in Severe Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1 (Open Books, Open Notes): Tuesday 12 April

Readings

Laboratory
  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Wednesday 24 March 2011
  • Inclass Exercise 2
April 5

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Evaporation and Condensation Review

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

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1 (Open Books, Open Notes): Thursday 12 April

Readings

Laboratory
  • All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Wednesday 24 March 2011
  • Inclass Exercise 2
March 24

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

How Research is Done (Coming Attractions)

How the Population Was Apprised: Watch ("Be Aware Statement") and Warning ("Take Action Statement")

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Organizing Your Understanding: Using the Scientific Method

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

Assignments

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1 (Open Books, Open Notes): Thursday 7 April

Readings

Laboratory
March 22

Introduction and Perspective

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


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Background on Event


Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Event

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

 

 

Weather Briefing Discussion

Evaporation and Condensation Review

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings

Laboratory