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.