Meteorology - UG (WEAX)

Meteorology Courses

WEAX 201  Meteorology I  3 Credits (3,0)

This is a survey course in meteorology that includes applications to flight. Included is a systematic development of the following topics: the composition and general structure of the atmosphere, energy and energy transfer, seasonal and daily controls on temperature, pressure, wind, local and regional circulations, atmospheric stability, vertical motion, turbulence, moisture, fog, clouds, precipitation, icing, the general circulation pattern, climate, jet streams, air masses, fronts, mid-latitude cyclones, tropical cyclones, thunderstorms, and weather observations and charts.

WEAX 301  Aviation Weather  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an expansion of WEAX 201 - Meteorology I with a focus on aviation weather hazards such as thunderstorms, strong winds, fog, icing, turbulence, snow storms, and volcanic ash. Practical application of theoretical concepts such as thickness, thermal winds, jet streams, cyclone formation, and stability is achieved through exercises and projects utilizing current or historic weather examples and designed to complement lecture materials. Emphasis is on navigating today's online environment for obtaining real-time aviation weather products and information to gain practical experience in making informed weather-sensitive decisions.
Prerequisites: WEAX 201

WEAX 322  Space Weather  3 Credits (3,0)

This course is an introduction to the Sun-Earth relationship and focused on understanding its societal and technological impacts. With the continued growth of the satellite communications industry and our growing dependence on wireless communication and instant access to global information, we are becoming more and more susceptible to problems caused by space weather. The course provides the students with understanding of the key concepts of radiation and convection, solar structure, the heliosphere: the corona and the solar wind, the interplanetary magnetic field, cosmic rays, Earth's space environment and upper atmosphere, the technological impacts of space storms, the perils of living in space, the impact of space weather on climate variability, and will discuss other space weather phenomena. The students will investigate several case studies of space weather storms and how they can damage or destroy orbiting satellites, injure or kill astronauts, degrade or blackout certain radio and navigation communications, and cause regional power failures by destroying critical components of electrical power grids.

WEAX 327  Operational Analysis and Forecasting  3 Credits (3,0)

Meteorological time and unit conventions; Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS); surface station plots; METAR code; radiosondes and upper-air station plots; manual analysis of upper-air isobaric charts; jet streaks and divergence; vorticity and vorticity advection; temperature advection; motion and intensification of synoptic-scale weather systems; manual analysis of surface charts; frontal analysis; satellite and radar feature identification; skew-T diagrams; sounding analysis; sounding types; introductory temperature and precipitation forecasting.
Prerequisites: WEAX 301

WEAX 363  Thunderstorms  3 Credits (3,0)

This course provides tools for analyzing and forecasting thunderstorms and their associated hazards. Key characteristics of the thunderstorm and its environment are explored using both case studies and real-time weather data. Students examine atmospheric soundings to determine the likelihood of storm development and the amount of energy available for thunderstorms. Vertical wind shear is analyzed for clues about storm organization and severity. Other information, such as weather charts, computer models, satellite imagery, and Doppler radar imagery, is used to observe the characteristics of thunderstorms and the weather patterns that favor them. Students gain a basic scientific understanding of thunderstorm behavior as well as practical experience observing and predicting them.
Prerequisites: WEAX 201