College of DuPage Meteorology Program -- Notes, Syllabi, Case Studies, and Resources

  • Intro
  • Climate
  • Severe and Unusual Wx
  • Forecasting
  • Severe Wx Analysis
  • Mesoscale Met.
  • Intermediate Met.
ESAS 1110 -- Introduction to Meteorology
A first look at various aspects of meteorology, including solar radiation, global circulation, environmental issues, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles, meteorological terminology, societal impacts, and weather analysis will be explored.

Syllabus and Outline
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Course Outline

PDF Notes
Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3
Unit 4

ESAS 1111 Climate and Global Change
Introduction to the earth's climate, climate change, and the interactions between climate and the global environment. Physical, chemical, biological, and social factors contributing to climate and global change are investigated. Topics explored are: climate classifications, global warming and greenhouse effect, acid rain, ozone depletion, regional drought, and cataclysmic climate change. Man-made climate change as opposed to natural variability, along with human responses to potential climate change are debated.

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Syllabus
Climate Statement
Assignments and Readings
ESAS 1115 -- Severe and Unusual Weather
In depth study of meteorological phenomena relating to severe thunderstorms, El Nino/Southern Oscillation events, and tropical storms. Topics will include severe weather spotting, weather radar, atmospheric soundings, tornadogenesis, El Nino, tropical meteorology, hurricanes, and an introduction to numerical weather prediction. Basic physical principles, their relation to weather events, and weather's impact on society will also be explored.

Syllabus and Outline
Syllabus
Outline and Readings

Unit 1
Glossary
Supercell Schematic
Supercell Schematic: Blank Version
Thunderstorms
Lemon Technique
Radar Notes

Unit 2
Static Stablility
Thunderstorm Schematic
Thermodynamic Diagrams
Thermodynamic Diagram Lab -- (Part 1 answers)

Unit 3
Windshear and Hodographs
Tropical Meteorology and Hurricanes
ENSO (El Nino)

Powerpoints
Part I: Intro
Part II: Radar
Part III: Storms
Part IV: Multicells
Part V: Supercells
Part VI: Tornadoes
Steve Davis Radar Assignment
Radar and Spotter Lab
ESAS 1116 Weather Analysis and Forecasting I
A study of day-to-day weather patterns with an emphasis on understanding the basics of meteorological processes and forecasting. Students read weather reports and weather maps needed to analyze current conditions and forecast weather. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

ESAS 1117 Weather Analysis and Forecasting II
A continuation of Weather Analysis and Forecasting I. Students continue investigating sources of data, learn to analyze raw images, and interpret numerical weather forecasts. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

ESAS 2116 Advanced Weather Analysis and Forecasting I
A continuation of Weather Analysis and Forecasting II. Emphasis is on independent analysis of weather events, forecast preparation, and mastery of hand data analysis. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

ESAS 2117 Advanced Weather Analysis and Forecasting II
A continuation of Advanced Weather Analysis and Forecasting I. Students prepare a weekly forecast for the Chicago metropolitan area generally and DuPage County specifically, and track and evaluate their forecasting accuracy. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.

Syllabi
ESAS 1116 Syllabus - (First term)
ESAS 1117 Syllabus - (Second term)
ESAS 2116 Syllabus - (Third term)
ESAS 2117 Syllabus - (Fourth term)

Labs
Introduction to the Weather Lab
Satellite Lab
Isoplething Lab
Metar Lab
Point or Area Foreast Matix Lab


Tutorials
Satellite Tutorial
Numerical Model Tutorial
Air Masses and Fronts
Metar Help


Advanced Forecasting: Forecasts and Submission Page
Student Forecast Page
Forecast Submission Page: Password Protected


Other Resources
University of Illinois, WW2010: The Online Guides of Meteorology
MetEd resources -- Meteorology Education and Training modules, courses, and cases
Warning, Watch and Advisory Criteria
Station Models Guide
Forecasting Snowfall Presentation
SPC Acronyms Page
Illinois County Warning Area Map Also shows ASOS, RADAR, and WSFO locations in Illinois.
WSFO Map Showing the location of all the NWS forecast offices in the US
Great Images of past events from SPC (latest image on top, scroll down to bottom for past images)
ESAS 2118 -- Severe Weather Analysis
An in-depth study of severe weather forecasting and analysis. An emphasis is placed on hand analysis of raw data, assessing short term numerical weather models, and nowcasting. Students monitor events prior to and during severe weather events using real time radar and other data sources. Students gain a better understanding of severe weather initiation and evolution. Local field trips to observe severe weather first-hand may be included. May be taken up to two times for credit. Prerequisite: Earth Science 1115 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.

Syllabus and Reference Materials
Syllabus
Rules of Isoplething


Case Studies
Blank Maps
Case 1


Case Study Data Archive
Full Case Study Data (password protected)
ESAS 2115 Mesoscale Meteorology
In depth study of meteorological phenomena with short temporal and small spatial scales. Topics will include tools for mesoscale analysis, mesoscale modeling, thermally-forced circulations, fog, mesoscale winter events, and the morphology of convective systems including squall lines, mesoscale convective systems and supercells and their associated threats including flash floods and tornadoes. Other topics of current research interest will also be covered.

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Outline and Assignments
ESAS 2110 -- Intermediate Meteorology
A quantitative first look at the science of meteorology. Physical concepts will be examined using algebraic methods to prepare students for material using higher mathematics. Operational, physical, and dynamical meteorology will be discussed to give students an overall understanding of atmospheric science. Equations of motion, thermodynamics, and the primitive equations will be among the topics covered.

Syllabus and Reference Material
Syllabus
Greek Alphabet


Notes
Unit 1
Unit 2
Kinetic Theory