__MET 421 - Introduction to Synoptic Meteorology__

The goal of this class is to introduce basic synoptic meteorology theory.

Grading:

- 30% assignments
- 15% each three exams (45% total)
- 25% final exam

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Class schedule:

Week of Aug 22: Atmospheric stability

Week of Aug 29: Stability exercises to be completed during student conference travel

Weeks of Sep 5 and 12: Stability indices; precipitable water; sea breeze; iterative solutions; applications in a maritime tropical air mass

Week Sep 19: Basic map analysis and contouring

Week Sep 26: Test 1; Fronts; severe weather

Weeks Oct 3, 10, 17: Dynamics overview with relevance to synoptic analysis

Week Oct 24: Quasi-Geostrophic theory and the omega equation

Week Oct 31: Test 2; Cyclogenesis and baroclinic instability

Weeks of Nov 7 and 14: Boundary layer process; weather models

Weeks of Nov 21 and 28: Test 3; Winter weather

Week of Dec 3: Final exam