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METO-111 Meteorology


This course is designed as 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.

Dr. Peter Klein

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Course Requirements | Texts and Materials

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:

  • Describe the composition of the atmosphere, and how this composition has evolved over time.
  • Discuss the primary ways in which clouds form, and the evolution of this composition.
  • Identify different cloud types and explain their occurrence.
  • Discuss the vertical divisions of the atmosphere.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the physical concepts of density and buoyancy, and how these concepts relate to weather.
  • Explain the Coriollis Effect, and its implications for weather.
  • Explain the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, and various types of air pollution.
  • Recognize global weather patterns and climatic zones and explain their distribution.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between the Sun and Earth which cause the seasons, solstices and equinoxes.
  • Discuss the difference between conduction, convection, and radiation transport of heat.
  • Discuss the concept of specific heat.
  • Explain the role of water as a heat reservoir and temperature modifier.
  • Distinguish between heat and temperature.
  • Discuss how and why air pressure changes at the earth's surface.
  • Explain the formation of the strong air masses that affect U.S. weather.
  • Discuss the causes and effects of horizontal and vertical winds.
  • Discuss global wind patterns and important local winds.
  • Describe the different types of fog and precipitation, and explain why each occurs
  • Recognize the different types of frontal systems.
  • Discuss the life cycle of a thunderstorm, and explain why lightning occurs.
  • Discuss the characteristics and distribution of hurricanes.
  • Interpret surface weather maps and upper air charts.
  • Forecast the weather for several east coast U.S. cities.

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Major Course Topics
  • Basic Tools and Methods of Meteorology
  • Atmosphere Structure
  • Solar and terrestrial radiation
  • Characteristics of temperature and humidity
  • Cloud formation and characteristics
  • Moisture and Atmospheric Stability
  • Condensation and Precipitation cloud classification and varieties
  • Air pressure and winds
  • Circulation and weather patterns
  • Climate and Physical Meterorology
  • Weather Forecasting

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Course Format
  • Is not self-paced, homework and projects are submitted regularly by Canvas e-mail.
  • Does not require on-campus meetings except for a mandatory orientation.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Does require two weekly threads and frequent participation via Canvas.
  • Features Four Exams (open book) admijistered via Canvas.

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

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Texts and Materials Required:

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit www.howardccbooks.comand follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.



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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