

Course ID:  GEOG 31203120L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week. 
Course Title:  Weather Analysis and Forecasting 
Course Description:  The collection, display, and application of weather
data. The use of meteorological instruments, codes, maps,
atmospheric soundings, and thermodynamics diagrams.
Interpretation of weather maps using basic meteorological
principles. 
Oasis Title:  WEATHER ANALYSIS 
Prerequisite:  GEOG 1112 
Semester Course Offered:  Offered fall semester every year. 
Grading System:  AF (Traditional) 

Course Objectives:  Students are expected to understand how meteorological data is collected, be able to
interpret meteorological codes and station models, and create and interpret weather
maps. Students will also be expected to learn basic forecasting tools. Students
will be evaluated by their ability to use and analyze weather data.
This course meets the following General Education Abilities by accomplishing the
specific learning objectives listed below:
Communicate effectively through speech. This is met by oral presentations,
discussion leading, and classroom participation.
Computer Literacy is addressed through course administration, studentfaculty
electronic interaction, and data analysis activities and assignments.
Critical Thinking is central to the learning objectives of this class, and is
developed through homework assignments, lecture, classroom discussion, and inquiry
based learning efforts. 
Topical Outline:  Introduction
Weather observations, codes, station model
A physical foundation, atmospheric dynamics
Structure of the atmosphere
Atmospheric pressure, geopotential height
Forces, physical laws
Geostrophic wind
Gradient wind, surface winds
Atmospheric kinematics
Convergence/divergence
Deformation, advection
Waves in the atmosphere
Vorticity, advection
Vertical motion, Quasigeostrophic theory
Atmospheric thermodynamics
Measures of moisture
Laws of thermodynamics
Atmospheric stability, thermodynamic diagrams
Stability indices
Synopticscale weather systems
Air masses
Front types
Frontogenesis
Polar front, polar jet stream
Structure of extratropical cyclone
Life cycle of an extratropical cyclone
Cyclogenesis
Lab:
Computer basics, forecast contest, forecast discussion
Time zones, isopleth analysis, basic weather map analysis
Metar decoding, station models, isopleth analysis
Upperair decoding, isopleth analysis
Forces, map analysis using QG theory
Use of a thermodynamic diagram, stability indices
Decoding MOS/FOUS
Investigating thickness
Forecasting cyclone development 
Course ID:GEOG 31203120L. 3 hours. 2 hours lecture and 2 hours lab per week.
Course Title:Weather Analysis and ForecastingCourse
Description:The collection, display, and application of weather
data. The use of meteorological instruments, codes, maps,
atmospheric soundings, and thermodynamics diagrams.
Interpretation of weather maps using basic meteorological
principles.
Oasis Title:WEATHER ANALYSIS
Prerequisite:GEOG 1112
Semester Course
Offered:Offered fall semester every year.
Grading System:AF (Traditional)
Course Objectives:Students are expected to understand how meteorological data is collected, be able to
interpret meteorological codes and station models, and create and interpret weather
maps. Students will also be expected to learn basic forecasting tools. Students
will be evaluated by their ability to use and analyze weather data.
This course meets the following General Education Abilities by accomplishing the
specific learning objectives listed below:
Communicate effectively through speech. This is met by oral presentations,
discussion leading, and classroom participation.
Computer Literacy is addressed through course administration, studentfaculty
electronic interaction, and data analysis activities and assignments.
Critical Thinking is central to the learning objectives of this class, and is
developed through homework assignments, lecture, classroom discussion, and inquiry
based learning efforts.
Topical Outline:Introduction
Weather observations, codes, station model
A physical foundation, atmospheric dynamics
Structure of the atmosphere
Atmospheric pressure, geopotential height
Forces, physical laws
Geostrophic wind
Gradient wind, surface winds
Atmospheric kinematics
Convergence/divergence
Deformation, advection
Waves in the atmosphere
Vorticity, advection
Vertical motion, Quasigeostrophic theory
Atmospheric thermodynamics
Measures of moisture
Laws of thermodynamics
Atmospheric stability, thermodynamic diagrams
Stability indices
Synopticscale weather systems
Air masses
Front types
Frontogenesis
Polar front, polar jet stream
Structure of extratropical cyclone
Life cycle of an extratropical cyclone
Cyclogenesis
Lab:
Computer basics, forecast contest, forecast discussion
Time zones, isopleth analysis, basic weather map analysis
Metar decoding, station models, isopleth analysis
Upperair decoding, isopleth analysis
Forces, map analysis using QG theory
Use of a thermodynamic diagram, stability indices
Decoding MOS/FOUS
Investigating thickness
Forecasting cyclone development
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