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WEAX 201 : Meteorology I

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Meteorology I
This is a survey course in atmospheric science that includes applications to flight. Included is a systematic development of the following: thermal patterns, atmospheric moisture, horizontal and vertical pressure patterns, clouds, atmospheric circulation, local winds, stability, air masses, fronts, fog, icing, thunderstorms, jet streams and turbulence. Students will study and make use of surface weather observations, surface maps, and constant pressure maps.

This course is designed to provide the student a general meteorological background and build understanding of the important role of surface and upper air weather observations. Students will learn how weather impacts flight operations and safety of flight.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to do the following:

1. Describe atmospheric processes that generate temperature, pressure and wind patterns from the surface to jet stream altitudes.

2. Classify and interpret the development of fog, clouds, and precipitation.

3. Identify and describe scales of motion from global circulation patterns to synoptic systems, to small scale/local weather effects.

4. Compute changes of temperature, pressure, and humidity that occur in regions of rising and sinking atmospheric motions and explain the impact of the changes.

5. Work on a team to evaluate meteorological data and describe the impact of significant aviation weather hazards including mid latitude storms and associated fronts, Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) conditions, icing, turbulence and thunderstorms on safety of flight.

6. Be able to comprehend the weather observational network, weather databases, and the process of generating current surface and upper air weather maps.

7. Relate observed weather to global, synoptic and mesoscale patterns.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
John H. Bradham, Ph.D., PMP - 3/31/2015
John H. Bradham, Ph.D., PMP - 3/31/2015
Johnelle Korioth, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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