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METO 112 Meteorology Laboratory

This course is designed as the Laboratory companion to the METO 111 class, an introduction to the study of weather, climate, and the atmosphere.  Topics will include solar and terrestrial radiation, temperature and humidity, cloud formation, air pressure and winds, circulation and weather patterns, tornadoes, hurricanes, air pollution, and climatic change.

Credits:                1
Prerequisites:      Concurrent Enrollment or Previous Completion of METO 111 either Online or On
Instructor:           Dr. Peter Klein

Class Requirements: Ability to access and interact with CANVAS web site daily.

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Interpret hourly weather observations.
2. Analyze data to determine the relationships between temperature, dew point and relative humidity, and factors that influence each.
3. Synthesize weather observations into weather maps.
4. Use a real-time weather database to assess the status of the weather at a given location.
5. Use a real-time weather database to study air mass history using temperature, dew point and relative humidity.
6. Use current data to assess and interpret the vertical structure of the atmosphere.
7. Interpret meteorological maps and charts to explain the current weather pattern.
8. Identify direction and calculate velocity of movement of high and low pressure systems, cold, warm and stationary fronts.
9. Prepare a weather forecast for a given area.
10. Examine evidence and draw conclusions about climate change.

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Major Topics

I. Understanding Weather Maps
II. Solar and Terrestrial Radiation
III. Temperature
IV. Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
V. Condensation and Precipitation
VI. Air Pressure and Winds
VII. Circulation of the Atmosphere
VIII. Air Masses
IX. Weather Patterns
X. Weather Analysis and Forecasting
XI. Earth’s Changing Climate

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Course Format

  • Is not self-paced, homework lab assignments are submitted regularly by Canvas e-mail.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings except for a mandatory orientation.
  • Does not require real-time chats.

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This course does not have a required face-to-face orientation.

Required Texts: TBD

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to
Dr. Peter Klein,

Last updated on 21-June-13
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