Current Undergraduate Courses that I Teach Regularly
Fall: WX 201 (Survey of Meteorology), WX 301 (Aviation Weather), WX 327 (Operational Analysis and Forecasting), WX 466 (Advanced Synoptic Analysis and Forecasting)
Spring: WX 301 (Aviation Weather), WX 381 (Climate Dynamics), WX 436 (Advanced Operational Forecasting)
WX 201: SURVEY OF METEOROLOGY (FALL)
This is a survey course in atmospheric science that includes applications to flight. Included is a systematic development of the following: thermal patterns, atmospheric moisture, horizontal and vertical pressure patterns, clouds, atmospheric circulation, local winds, stability, air masses, fronts, fog, icing, thunderstorms, jet streams and turbulence. Students will study and make use of surface weather observations, surface maps, and constant pressure maps.
CURRENT WEATHER DISCUSSIONS ARE INCLUDED AT THE BEGINNING OF EACH CLASS PERIOD, AS INTERESTING WEATHER DICTATES.
I use Meteorology Today (Ahrens and henson) as the textbook for this course.
WX 301: aVIATION WEATHER (FAll and SPRING)
This course is an expansion of WX201 with a focus on aviation weather hazards, including convective hazards (thunderstorms, hail, high winds), non-convective weather hazards (fog, icing, turbulence, wind shear, winter weather), and special weather hazards (volcanic ash and space weather). Meteorological concepts such as pressure, atmospheric forces, thickness, thermal wind, fronts, jet streams, cyclone formation, and atmospheric stability are expanded and applied to aviation operations. Emphasis is on navigating today's online environment for obtaining and analyzing real-time surface observations, upper-air observations, satellite data, and radar data, as well as both primary and supplementary aviation weather products.
Lab exercises and projects complement the lectures through use of current and historic weather examples to provide practical experience in making informed weather-sensitive decisions.
WX 327: oPERATIONAL ANALYSIS AND FORECASTING (fALL)
Introduction to operational weather analysis and forecasting using conceptual understanding of observations, numerical model output, and synoptic-scale processes. Meteorological time and date conventions; surface station plots; METAR and SYNOP code; upper-air station plots; isoplething of surface and upper-air isobaric charts; basic satellite and radar feature identification; temperature and vorticity advection; advection on upper-air and sea-level pressure charts; vorticity, divergence, and continuity; advection and relationship to vertical motion; pattern recognition and conceptual analysis using upper-air charts; pattern recognition and conceptual analysis using sea-level pressure charts; skew-T analysis; types of soundings; basic temperature and precipitation forecasting
WX 381: Climate dynamics (spring)
Primarily quantitative introduction to physical and dynamical processes of climate, climate variability, and climate change. Atmospheric general circulation and relation to climate; climate sensitivity and feedback mechanisms; atmosphere-ocean interaction and coupling; El Nino and Southern Oscillation; atmospheric teleconnections; seasonal and long-range weather forecasting; climate modeling and climate model simulations; internally-forced (natural) climate variability; externally-forced (anthropogenic) climate change; quantitative understanding of future climate scenarios; review of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.
Kerry Cook'S Climate Dynamics IS THE TEXTBOOK FOR THIS COURSE.