UBC  ATSC 201 - Meteorology of Storms
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Week 15 - 16 Sep 2022
Monday (D1)HOLIDAY
Tuesday (D2).
2 PM Pacific Time
  • Welcome
  • Intro of Prof and TA.
  • Aim of course & major themes
  • Typical weekly schedule
  • Discussion of textbook, iClicker, & web.
  • YouTube video on storm-chasing hazards (Day 4-50) 
  • Discussion on the importance you place on acquiring info, applying knowledge to new situations, and developing lifelong learning skills.
  • Discussion on how you optimize your learning by combining in-class and outside-of-class activities.
  • Micro-lecture on meteorological coordinate systems.
Notes to instructor:
- show Pecos Hank "Tornado Death Traps" (11.5 min), Day 4-50 from YouTube

- bring Textbook.
Topics: Welcome, Meteorological Conventions, JiTT Methods,  Thunderstorm Intro.
Learning Goals
At the end of this section, you should be able to:
  1. Find the weekly learning goals and assignments from the course web page.
  2. Visually recognize fundamental aspects of thunderstorms.
  3. Explain to your friends the value of Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT) and Peer Instruction.
  4. Explain how the differences between meteorological and mathematical coordinate systems alter the way you use trig., and convert wind from Cartesian to speed and direction.
  5. Create and use graphs where the independent variable (height, or pressure-as-a-surrogate-for height) is plotted on the vertical axis.

  • S.Ch1 (namely, Stull Chapter 1, from the free Practical Meteorology textbook), read sections 1.1 - 1.5  including all "INFO" boxes.  But you can skip all "HIGHER MATH" boxes.
Warm-up Questions:
Do quiz W01 D4 online on Canvas.
Topics: Meteorological Variables, Basic Thermo, Standard Atmos. & Excel Demo 1
Learning Goals
At the end of this section, you should be able to:
  1. Convert between any time zone and UTC.
  2. Plot the average variation of air pressure, temperature, and density with altitude, and explain why they vary that way.
  3. Contrast geopotential height with geometric height.
  4. Name the layers and levels in the atmosphere, and summarize their main characteristics.
  5. Clearly describe and solve numerical problems using tools like Microsoft Excel.
10 PM Pacific Time
Deadline to finish warm-up Qs.
Friday (D5).
2 PM Pacific Time
  • Explanation of course set-up: goals, readings, assignments, exams, etc.
  • Discussion & interaction on topics from readings, especially meteorological conventions, and the variation of temperature, pressure, and density with altitude and geopotential height.
  • Tutorial on how to maximize your mark by solving HW exercises by using Excel (part 1). 
Notes to Instructor:  Bring to class:
- magnet demo.
- tennis ball and empty box
- laptop for Excel demo

  • Read S.Ch.1.sections 1.6 - 1.11 (from the free Practical Meteorology textbook), which will be covered in class on Monday.   The info on p20 will be useful for the homework this weekend.
  • Thoroughly read: Stull.Appendix A pages 869 - 875 and p 877 in the Practical Meteorology book.  
  • Skim section headings of S.Appendix B , so that you are aware of these data that you can use to good advantage in the rest of the term.   
  • Check the textbook web page to see if there are any new errata posted for Chapter 1. 
End-of-Week Homework Exercises. 
(Due by start of Monday's class.)
Homework 1:
S.Ch1: A1d, A3d, A5d, A6d, A9d, A14d,  A15d, (none of these Qs involve arrays of numbers)
You may do this homework either using Excel, or by hand with pencil and paper.  If you used Excel, please save or export the result as a pdf file to submit on Monday via Canvas.  If you used pencil and paper, please use the free CamScanner app on your smartphone to take a clean photo of your homework, which you can submit to Canvas as a multi-page pdf.
Learning Goals
At the end of this section, you should be able to:
  1. Apply topics covered earlier this week to compute number answers & infer their significance.  
  2. Refine your ability to use programs like Excel to solve scientific problems.
  3. Develop good problem-solving habits, such as clearly stating the problem and unknowns, and including units with your calculations.
  4. Experience some of the pitfalls of solving number problems such as mismatched units, and be able to diagnose and fix your errors.

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Notes: The textbook for this course is Stull, 2018: "Practical Meteorology: An Algebra-based Survey of Atmospheric Science", available for free online, at  https://www.eoas.ubc.ca/books/Practical_Meteorology/ .

The reading and homework assignments use the following abbreviations to indicates various parts of this textbook: