METR 201: Physical Processes in the Atmosphere
SFSU, Spring 2013
Daily Topics
for John Monteverdi's Part of the Course

Prof. John Monteverdi
Dept. of Geosciences

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Dave Dempsey's Dates: Jan 29, 31; Feb 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26, 28; Mar 5, 7, 12, 14; May 16

John Monteverdi's Dates: Apr 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30; May 2, 7, 9, 14

 
Some Resources

Forecast Products

Radar and Satellite

Sounding Sources

Designed Readings Graded Assignments* Graded Quizzes*

Class Grading

Summarized in Syllabus

Keys

Laboratory Exercise 1 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)

Lab Exercise 1: Joplin Tornadic Thunderstorm Environment: The Relationship of Horizontal Plots to Vertical Soundings and Key
(Avg 89.9: High 95; Low 78; One Not Turned In)

Laboratory Exercise 2: Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (grounded in LO 1, 3,4, 5 and 6) and Key (Avg 96.6: High 100; Low 85)

Laboratory Exercise 3: Operational Use of the Skew-T/Log P Diagram (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)
(Question 1 and Key)
(Avg 36.6: High 39.2; Low 34.8)
Questions 2 and 4: Due Thursday May 2, 2013)
(Key for Whole Lab)(Avg 36.6: High 39.2; Low 34.8)

Laboratory Exercise 4: Weather Pattern and Thunderstorm Potential Diagnosis (grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6) and Key Due Wednesday 7 May 2013 at beginning of class.
( Avg 136.9: High 188; Low 73)

Laboratory Exercise 5: Geostrophic Flow in the Atmosphere and Ocean (grounded in LO 1, 2, 5 and 6) and Key (Avg.163.8: High 200; Low 170; One No Turn In)


Inclass Exercise 1

Inclass Exercise 1: Event Background and Key
(Avg.40: High 40; Low 40)

Inclass Exercise 2

Inclass Exercise 2 (grounded in Learning Objectives (LO) 1, 2 and 6) Interpretation of Upper Air Charts and Key (Avg.90.8: High 100; Low 60)


Homework 1 (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)

Homework 1: Adiabatic Lapse Rate and Emagram and Key and Emagram (Avg.88.8: High 100; Low 60)

Homework 2: Unit Conversion (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)

Homework 2: Unit Conversion and Key(Avg 92.1: High 100; Low 80; One Not Turned In)

Homework 3: Calculation of CAPE (grounded in LO 2, 5 and 6)

Sounding Interpretation Basics (Question 3Due Thursday 2 May, 2013 )(Key for Whole Lab--Homework 3 was Question 3)(Grading, See Lab Exercise 3 Above)

 


Quiz 1 (LO 2 and 6)

Quiz 1 and Key(Avg.82.9: High 100; Low 53)

Quiz 2 (LO 1, 2 and 6)

Quiz 2 and Key(Avg. 71.2: High 90; Low 60)

Quiz 3 (LO 2, 3, 5 and 6)

Quiz 3 and Key(Avg. 135.3: High 150; Low 117.5)

Quiz 4 (LO 2, 3, 5 and 6)

Quiz 4: and Key(Avg.74.3: High 98; Low 46)

Quiz 5 (LO 1, 2, 4 and 6)

Quiz 5 and Key(Avg.114.0: High 150; Low 89)

 

Note: All quizzes converted to 100 points each.

 

 

 

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 14

Understanding Thunderstorms

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean

Understanding Cyclones and Anticyclones


Topics Not Discussed Wholly or At All

  • Conservation of Mass Applied to the Atmopshere: Dines Compensation

Reading 6: Conservation of Mass

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 5: Tuesday 14 May 2013(100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

May 9

Understanding Thunderstorms

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

 

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 5: Tuesday 14 May 2013(100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

May 7

Understanding Thunderstorms

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 4: Tuesday 7 May 2013(100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)
  • Quiz 5: Tuesday 14 May 2013(100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

May 2

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Understanding Thunderstorms

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 4: Tuesday 7 May 2013(100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

April 30

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 3: Tuesday 30 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

April 25

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Real Wind and Geostrophic Wind

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 3: Tuesday 30 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

April 23

 

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 23 and 29

Quizzes

  • Quiz 2: Tuesday 23 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)
  • Quiz 3: Tuesday 30 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

  • Lab Exercise 2 Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Distributed Thursday 23 April 2013; Due Thursday 30 April 2013)
April 18

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 16 and 23

Quizzes

  • Quiz 2: Tuesday 23 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

  • Lab Exercise 2 Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Distributed Tuesday 16 April 2013; Due Thursday 23 April 2013)
April 16

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Evaporation and Condensation Review

 

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for weeks of April 16 and 23

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1: Tuesday 16 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

  • Homework 2: Unit Conversion(Distributed Thursday 11 April 2013; Due Tuesday 16 April 2013)

Laboratory

  • Lab Exercise 2 Practical Applications of the Hypsometric Equation (Distributed Tuesday 16 April 2013; Due Thursday 23 April 2013)
April 11

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Dry Line

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for April 9 and 11

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1: Tuesday 16 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

  • Homework 2: Unit Conversion(Distributed Thursday 11 April 2013; Due Tuesday 16 April 2013)

Laboratory

April 9

Meteorological Tools Needed to Visualize and Characterize Clouds and Precipitatio

Understanding Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Acceleration and Velocity

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy as Distinct from Synoptic Scale Vertical Motion

Tools: Weather Map Diagnosis/Analysis

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Readings for April 9 and 11

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1: Thursday 11 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory

April 2 and 4

Corrected Syllabus

Introduction and Perspective

Inquiry Based Learning Exercise: The May 22, 2011 Joplin MO Tornadic (EF-5) Thunderstorm

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Background on the Event

Storm Prediction Center Severe Weather Events Archive

All students should have purchased a cheap set of colored pencils and a cheap calculator by Thursday 4 April 2013

Inclass Exercise 1: Event Background

Meteorological Background Needed to Understand Severe Thunderstorms Specifically

Understanding the Basic Reason for Updrafts in Thunderstorms: Buoyancy

Imagery of the Day

Assignments

Buoyancy Review Readings for April 2 and 4

  • Textbook Readings for Week:
    • Danielsen, Chapter 5, pp 120-143; Chapter 7, 183-187; Chapter 11, pp. 318-323.
    • Vasquez, 1-19; 35-50; 53-60; 135-137.

      Not assigned yet

Quizzes

  • Quiz 1: Thursday 11 April 2013 (100 pts; Open Notes/Open Book)

Homework

Laboratory