Jim Steenburgh

jim.steenburgh at utah.edu
Office hours: TBA


Mike Wessler

Teaching Assistant
m.wessler at utah.edu
Office hours: TBA

Atmos 5120/6120: Weather Discussion

Polar Low

Course Description: Fall Semester 2018

All individuals interested in weather analysis and forecasting are invited to attend weather discussions that are held as part of Atmos 5120/6120. The discussions are led by seniors and graduate students and examine recent, present, and future weather. They are held in 711 WBB and feature computer generated animation of meteorological data and numerical forecasts with discussion of the underlying processes controling the evolution of a variety of weather phenonema.


To develop each student's ability to apply fundamental principles of the atmospheric sciences to diagnose, understand, and predict the weather.


Discussions are held from 1:00-1:30 every TTh during the fall semester. The previous discussion leader first reviews and evaluates the analysis and forecast from the previous discussion. Then, the current discussion leader examines recent, current, and future weather scenarios and forecast challenges, and provides a quantified forecast of the following for SLC:

  • Today's Maximum Temperature (12-06 UTC)
  • This afternoons's SWE in hundreths of an inch (18-00 UTC)
  • This afternoon's snow in hundreths of an inch (18-00 UTC)
  • Tonight's Minimum Temperature (00-18 UTC)
  • Tomorrow's Maximum Temperature (12-06 UTC)
  • 0z-0z SWE in hundreths of an inch
  • 0z-0z Snow in inches


You have to be ready and this takes preparation. Nevertheless, you should skip no morning classes to prepare for map discussions. Instead begin to prepare the day before your briefing to get a handle on what you will be talking about (ideally, you should get in the habit of examining the weather on a daily basis even if you are not leading a briefing in the near future) and take advantage of scheduled prepration time between the end of Atmos 5110 and the beginning of the discussion.


Credit/no credit based on attendance, participation, and your ability to apply and discuss the processes that may be contributing to recent, current, and future weather events. Ten percent of your Atmos 5110/6110 grade is based on attendance and participation in the discussion. Students are allowed to miss 2 weather discussions. Missing 3 will reduce the maximum points that can be achieved for the 5110/6110 grade by 50%. Missing 4 will result in no credit being given for the course.

ADA Accomodations

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.