Spring 2014

Geog. 170: Meteorology

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Hurricane Katrina Moving Over Very Warm Gulf

                  Geography 170

Instructor: Steve LaDochy    sladoch@calstatela.edu

 mhtml:file://C:\Documents%20and%20Settings\sladoch\My%20Documents\Geog170-06.mht!http://instructional1.calstatela.edu/sladoch/Geog310/lights_namerica_med.jpgOffice Hrs.:  MW 2-4; TR 4-5 or by appointment, Ext. 3-2220

Course News-  First class meets April 1st (no fooling)

 

Welcome to Online Meteorology.  By now you should have picked up your text and Investigations Manual and have looked at the course homepage (this one). Get into a routine of looking at the homepage each day, reading over the Daily Summary on the Datastreme Atmosphere homepage, then working on the assignments for each week. While the Datastreme Atmosphere homepage is in real-time, your assignments below have been archived and will be 3 week behind (since our quarter starts 3 week after their semester course). Then email or fax (323-343-6494) your work to me.

 

News Items:  New books are expensive. Do not buy text and lab manual new as separate items at campus bookstore. Bundled, they are $50 cheaper. Best to buy books at Book Mart on Eastern. You will need the new lab manual for the first week. Please bring it to class. 

 

Textbook: Weather Studies 5th ed. (2013)

Lab Manual: Investigations Manual-Weather Studies 2013-14 & Summer 2014 (do not get any other lab edition)

 

 

1st mid-term exam  Week 5 (Chapters 1-3)

Study Guide (click here) 

sample questions: Chapter 1     Chapter 2     Chapter 3

 

2nd mid-term exam – Week 8  (Chapters 4-7)

  Study Guide (click here)

Self-test sample questions:          Chapter 5     Chapter 6     Chapter 7   Chapter 4

 

Final exam is Tues. June 10th 1:30-4    Good Luck!!

  Study Guide (click here)

Self-test sample questions:  Chapter 8     Chapter 9     Chapter 10     Chapter 11     Chapter 12

 


Course Description

    This meteorology course looks at the changing patterns of weather and climate and the processes that are responsible for all the atmosphere’s various features. 


Course Syllabus

Tentative Schedule

While the lecture portion of the course will be online, with links to readings, assignments, and resources, there will also be an on-campus lab section.  You may either take the Tues. or Thurs. lab at 1:30-4 pm KH D-4046. I encourage you to attend all lab sessions as I will highlight chapter material and go over lab assignments. The lab also gives you an opportunity to ask questions in-person and to interact with other students.

Week 1 Do both CWS A and B, skip Investigations 1A & 1B.  Enter your answers on the Week 1 Current Weather Studies answer forms on Wk1Ans-A and Wk1Ans-B and email them to me.   Skip Applications questions. Please complete the Course Survey (below) and email the file to me.

Week 2 Do both CWS 2A and B as well as Investigations 2A and 2B.  Please send me the survey if you have not already.

Week 3:  Do both CWS 3A and 3B and Invest. 3A and 3B. No applications.

Week 4:  Do both CWS and Invest. 4A and 4B (skip Q #12-14). No Applications. 

Week 5: Do CWS 5A, B and INV 5A,B; Mid-term Exam #1

Week 6: Do all Chapters 6 and 7 ; Skip INV 7A.

Week 7: Do all Chapters 8 and 9 except skip Investigations 8A and 9A.

Week 8: Do CWS 10A, B and INV 10A, 10B.

Week 9: Please complete the Course Survey (below on Week 11) and email the completed file to me. Also do CWS 11A,B and INV B.

Week 10 Skip INV 12B, CWS 12B, but do CWS A and INV A from chapter 12.

Each Week’s Assignments are posted on Moodle

 

 

 

Weather Resources:

Other useful weather links:

 

Datastreme Online Weather Course                      National Weather Service, LA

 

Wind Animation                              U.S. Weather & Climate Forecast     Pressure Blocks

 

Lightning Map            El Niño animations

 

     

Storm Chasers (Dallas Raines):     YouTube

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=weather&id=7478133

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trw4QmbsIIQ&feature=youtu.be

 

2010 tornado highlights from the field:

http://stormbruiser.com/chase/2010/05/31/may-31-2010-campo-co-tornado/

 

American Meteorological Society-LA Chapter

California Regional Weather Server-SFSU

Our Changing Planet

Wind animations

Storm Chasers (Dallas Raines):     YouTube

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=weather&id=7478133

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trw4QmbsIIQ&feature=youtu.be

2010 tornado highlights from the field:

http://stormbruiser.com/chase/2010/05/31/may-31-2010-campo-co-tornado/