Atmos 5110/6110: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology I
Course Description: Fall Semester 2016
This course provides an introduction to contemporary synoptic-dynamic meteorology and its applications. The course is not restricted to the synoptic scale, but instead synthesizes observational and numerical analysis to understand weather across all scales, with an emphasis on the midlatitudes. Major course topics include basic dynamics (e.g., divergence, deformation, vorticity, and potential vorticity), upper-level waves, quasigeostrophic (QG) theory, diagnosis of vertical motion and height tendency, extratropical cyclones, and additional topics as time allows.
At the end of the course, students should be able to apply dynamical concepts to diagnose, understand, and predict past and present weather.
Two lectures a week (9:10-10:30 TTh). You are also required to attend weather discussions at 1:00 TTh. Both classes meet in 711 WBB.
Grading is based on labs (15%), two mid-term exams (25% each), a final exam (25%), and participation in the weather discussion (10%). Grades on assignments will be reduced 15 points (out of 100) per day past the due date.
Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology by Gary Lackmann. An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology by James R. Holton and Gregory J. Hakim is also useful but not required.
Required Computer Skills
Basic knowledge of IDV and how to use an iMac. Quickly becoming proficient with these applications pays dividends during the semester.
The University of Utah seeks to provide equal access to its programs, services, and activities for people with disabilities. If you will need accommodations in the class, reasonable prior notice needs to be given to the Center for Disability services, 162 Olpin Union Building, 581-5020 (V/TDD). CDS will work with you and the instructor to make arrangement for accommodations. All written information in this course can be made available in alternative format with prior notification to the Center for Disability Services.
Tentative Schedule and Course Notes*
IV. Skew-T Review
VI. Vertical Motion
VIII. The Vorticity Equation
XII. Potential Vorticity
XIV. Quasigeostrophic (QG) Theory and Applications
XVI. Extratropical Cyclones
B. Additional topics as time permits
*Course notes typically updated during semester