Atoc4500 – Weather Analysis and Weather Forecasting

A study of day-to-day weather patterns with an emphasis on understanding the basics of meteorological processes and forecasting, independent analysis of weather events, forecast preparation, and mastery of hand data analysis. Students read weather reports and weather maps needed to analyze current conditions and forecast weather. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

Instructor: Katja Friedrich; Katja.Friedrich@colorado.edu

A study of day-to-day weather patterns with an emphasis on understanding the basics of meteorological processes and forecasting, independent analysis of weather events, forecast preparation, and mastery of hand data analysis. Students read weather reports and weather maps needed to analyze current conditions and forecast weather. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

Instructor: Katja Friedrich; Katja.Friedrich@colorado.edu

When: Fall 2009; Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00-3:15 pm

Where: Duane G138

Grading: 10 Homework (8 count 35%), 9 quizzes (7 count 10%), 3 exams (2 count 20%), and 2 weather discussion (35%)
A: Final grade greater than or equal to 95.0%
A-: Final grade from 90.0% to 94.9%
B+: Final grade from 86.7% to 89.9%
B: Final grade from 83.3% to 86.6%
B-: Final grade from 80.0% to 83.2%
C+: Final grade from 76.7% to 79.9%
C: Final grade from 73.3% to 76.6%
C-: Final grade from 70.0% to 73.2%
D+: Final grade from 67.5% to 69.9%
D: Final grade from 65.0% to 67.4%
F: Final grade less than 65.0%

Office hours: After class on Tuesdays. Please set up an appointment if you wish to see me at any time.

Syllabus: Download the class outline and syllabus, as well as statement on CU procedures.

Textbook: Weather Analysis
Author: Dusan Djuric
Publisher: Prentice Hall
ISBN-10:0135011493
ISBN-13: 9780135011492

Other texts:
Weather Forecasting Handbook (5th ed.), by Tim Vasquez, Weather Graphics Technologies, Garland, TX, 2001.

Weather Analysis and Forecasting : Applying Satellite Water Vapor Imagery and Potential Vorticity Analysis, by Patrick Santurette and Christo G. Georgiev, Elsevier (Academic Press), 2005.

Please bring to each class:
– Scientific calculator
– Pencils and clean eraser
– Color pencils (red, blue, green, brown, purple, yellow, orange)
– water-based marking pens (black, blue, red)

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