Refine students’ operational forecasting skills by synthesizing
weather observations and numerical weather prediction output.
Increase students’ awareness of local and regional weather
Improve students’ understanding and appreciation of modern
weather forecasting challenges.
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 of weather forecast discussions.
Computer Literacy is addressed through creation of computer-
based weather forecast discussions and submission of computer-
based weather forecasts.
Critical Thinking is central to the learning objectives of this
class, and is developed through discussion of the reasons for
successful and unsuccessful weather forecasts.
Course outline is dependent on the relevant faculty and varies
depending on credit hours. Topics may include:
Short-term forecasting techniques
Using upper-level observations to make surface forecasts
Techniques of quantitative precipitation forecasting
Forecasting for coastal locations
Forecasting for mountainous locations
Severe weather forecasting