Dr. Buckler's
Geography 2630: Weather
SYLLABUS
TABLE OF CONTENT
General Information
Topics and Assignments
Qtr / Crse Code / Time / Room About Attendance &
Unannounced Quizzettes
I. Course Introduction XI. Atmos.  Pressure/Winds
Final Exam Date/Time/Room About Class Participation II. Weather Basics  (TOPIC OMITTED)
XII. Global Atmos. Circulation
Office / Phone / Fax / E-Mail About Drinking/Eating/Sleeping/ III. Weather Web Sites TEST  4  (~50 pts.)
Office Hours / Class Schedule About Grades IV. Earth's Atmospheric Envelope
XIII. Air Masses & Fronts
Course Description USAToday Weather V. Earth-Sun Relationships: Seasons
XIV. Upper-Level Westerlies
Course Ojectives
TEST 1  (~50 pts.) XV. Midlatitude Lows/Highs
Textbooks
VI. Solar/Terrestrial Radiation TEST 5  - Final  (~50 pts.) 
Requirements
VII. Heat & Temperature Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
About Course Format
TEST  2  (~50 pts.) Hurricanes
About Lecture Outlines
VIII. Atmospheric Moisture WEB-BASED ASSIGNMENT
About Tests

IX. Atmos. Stability/Instability
About Internet Exercises
X. Condensation & Precipitation
About Supplemental  Readings
TEST  3  (~50 pts.)
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Semester / Course Code / Time / Room

Final Exam Date / Time / Room
         #1806 (8 a.m. class):  Wednesday, December 12th, 8-10 a.m.
         #1807 (9 a.m. class):  Friday, December 14th, 8-10 a.m.

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Office / Phone / Fax / E-Mail

Course Description Course Objectives Textbooks Requirements
  • Readings from the textbook and supplemental readings from my Web or other Internet sites
  • 4 or 5 tests (40-60 points each; non-comprehensive last test during the final exam period)
  • Out-of-class concept/process exercises, typically 1-3.
  • About Course Format
    To a considerable degree, this course requires class attendance & participation; most of the exam questions are from classroom lecture & multi-media material.  This means that if you choose to miss class you may find yourself in jeopardy. Because of the nature of the course topics, the complex interrelationships between weather elements, & the limited contact hours, it is unlikely that you will fully comprehend & retain all of the concepts and information that are discussed in the lecture without reading & studying the textbook.  Thus, the lectures and assigned reading are complementary parts of the course.  Also, concept/process exercises and supplementary readings from the Internet may be assigned to foster better understanding of course material
    About Lecture Outlines About Tests About Concept / Process Exercises, Online Modules, &  Supplemental Readings on the Web About Attendance About Class Participation About Drinking, Eating, Sleeping, and Cell Phones in Class About Grades USAToday Weather
    USAToday Weather Homepage
            http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wfront.htm

    USAToday How Weather Works: Guide to the Science of the Atmosphere
            http://www.usatoday.com/weather/wworks0.htm

    USAToday Weather Topics Index
            http://www.usatoday.com/weather/index/windex.htm

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    Topics and Assignments
    I.  Course Introduction
            Textbook Reading Assignment

    II. Weather Basics   (THIS SECTION OMITTED THIS TERM)
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Readings on the Web
     

                Out-of-Class Assignment

    III. Weather Web Sites
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Readings on the Web  (included on first test)
                Optional Readings on the Web

    No Quiz


    pp. 1-17;19;33-39;363-372
     

    pp. 1-17;19;33-39; 363-372   NOT ASSIGNED THIS TERM
    "Z Time" on Weather Maps  - NOT ASSIGNED THIS TERM
    Reading the Surface Station Model  - NOT ASSIGNED THIS TERM
    Reading Weather Maps Online Module  - NOT ASSIGNED THIS TERM
    Surface Weather Maps Exercise  - NOT ASSIGNED THIS TERM
     

    pp. 11-13;142;144;class demonstration
    Satellite Meteorology Online Remote Sensing Module
    Radar Meteorology Online Module

     

    IV. Earth's Atmospheric Envelope
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Readings on the Web

                Web Reference Links

    V.  The Seasons: Earth-Sun Relationships
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Optional Readings on the Web
               
                Out-of-Class Assignment
                Web Reference Links

    TEST 1  (to also include weather satellites & imagery)


    pp. 22-43;63-66;127-130;160-162
    Understanding Air Density
    The Greenhouse Effect
    The Atmosp. Envelope Web Links
     

    pp. 54-61; class attendence important
    Solar/Terrestrial Energy Tutorial   (helpful tutorial)
    Sunrise / Sunset Time
    Seasons - See WebCT Website
    Earth-Sun Rel./Time Web Links

     

    VI. Solar & Terrestrial Radiation
                Textbook Reading
                Web Reference Links

    VII. Heat and Temperature
                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web

                    Optional Readings on the Web
                    Web Reference Links

    TEST 2


    pp. 49-80
    Solar Energy/Temp. Web Ref. Links
     

    pp. 83-109; 155-158
    Heat Wave   
    Hypothermia
    Gen Info & Fun Stuff on Temperature
    Solar Energy/Temp. Web Ref. Links

     


    VIII. Atmospheric Moisture

                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web
                    Web Reference Links

    IX. Atmos. Stability & Instability
                Textbook Reading Assignment

    <>X.  Condensation & Precipitation
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Readings on the Web
               
                Optional Readings on the Web

                Out-of-Class Assignment (tentative - not yet completed)
                Web Reference Links
     

    TEST 3



    pp. 131-145

    Hydrologic Cycle Online Module
    Moisture/Clouds/Precip/Floods Links
       

    pp. 145-153
     

    pp. 163-192
    Clouds & Precipitation Online Module

    The Cloud Boutique

    Clouds - See WebCT Website
    Moisture/Clouds/Precip/Floods Links
    USAToday All About Clouds

     

    XI. Atmos. Pressure & Winds
                Textbook Reading Assignment
                Optional Readings on the Web
                Web Reference Links

    XII. Global Atmos. Circulation
                   Textbook Reading Assignment
                   Optional Readings on the Web
                   Web Reference Links

    TEST 4  (may be combined with Test 5)


    pp. 111-125;199-222
    Forces & Winds Online Module
    Pressure/Winds Web Reference Links
     

    pp. 225-235;242-256;287-290;258-263
    El Nino & La Nina
    Global Circula./Wind Sys. Web Links

     

    XIII. Air Masses & Fronts
                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web
                    Out-of-Class Assignment
                    Web Reference Links
     

    XIV. Upper-Level Westerlies
                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web
     
     

                    Web Reference Links
     

    XV. Mid-Latitude Disturbances
                    Textbook Reading Assignments
                    Readings on the Web

                    Optional Readings on the Web
     

                    Web Reference Links
     
     

    TEST 5  (Final exam  - may be combined with Test 4; not comprehensive)


    pp. 265-274;222-224
    Air Masses & Fronts Online Module
    Local Climate Data - Youngstown - See WebCT Website
    Air Masses/Fronts Web Ref. Links
     
     

    pp. 236-242;370-371
    Gen. Meteo. Bkgrnd on Jet Streams
    Jet Streams -World's Fastest Winds
    Jet Streaks Stir Up Storms
    Jet Streams Change w/ the Seasons
    Upper Westerlies/Jet Streams Links
     
     

    pp. 274-286;291-292
    Mid-latitude Cyclone Online Module
    Hazards of Anticyclones
    Weather Forecasting Online Module
    Dryline Storms
    1993 "Storm of the Century" Module
    Mid-Latitude Lows/Highs Web Links
     
     

     

    XVI. Thunderstorms & Tornadoes
                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web
                    Optional Readings on the Web
     
     
     

                    Web Reference Links

    XVII. Hurricanes
                    Textbook Reading Assignment
                    Readings on the Web
                    Optional Readings on the Web
     
     

                    Web Reference Links
     

    Web Based Assignment If Time Permits- At My Option
    (These topics are covered in GEOG 3733:  Severe & Hazardous Weather.)


    no textbook reading
    Severe Storms Online Module
    USAToday Understand.Thunderstorms
    USA Today Understanding Lightening
    FAQ About Lightening
    USAToday Understanding Tornadoes
    Tornado Fact Sheet (FEMA)
    Thunderstorms/Tornadoes Web Links
     

    no textbook reading
    Hurricane Online Module
    USAToday Guide to Hurricane Info.
    FAQ: Hurricanes/Typoons/Tropical Cyclones
    Hurricane/Natural Disaster Brochures
    Hurricane Andrews: Online Case Study
    Hurricanes Web Reference Links
     

     

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    Last Revised:    29 August 2006