Weather and Climate (non-Lab) /
Introduction to Weather (Lab)
Welcome to Students
- What does this general education course have to offer?
``We plan for climate, but it's under weather that we execute,'' says
retired Rear Admiral David Titley. Indeed, weather provides the backdrop
for most of our daily activities, sometimes disruptive and sometimes
advantageous. In this course we learn to recognize the drivers of moisture
and energy changes in the atmosphere, culminating in a case study that
explains how a particular weather event came to occur.
- What are some skills that I can take from this class?
- Using clouds and optical phenomena to diagnose the current state of the
- Predicting the effect on air temperature of the changes in land cover,
atmospheric composition, and orientation of the Earth with respect to the
- Evaluating conditions in the atmosphere to determine the potential for
various types of severe weather.
- What are some tips to help me succeed in this class?
Just as you would for any class you take in college, be sure to read the
assigned text before each lecture. Make sure you read actively, with pen or
pencil ready for jotting down the key ideas. Adopt a skeptical attitude
toward the expositions provided, coming up with questions that force the
words on the page to reveal meanings and connections buried under the
surface. After you think you understand a new concept from all possible
angles, try applying your new knowledge to an everyday situation that the
textbook doesn't explicitly address.