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?
  1. Using clouds and optical phenomena to diagnose the current state of the atmosphere.
  2. Predicting the effect on air temperature of the changes in land cover, atmospheric composition, and orientation of the Earth with respect to the Sun.
  3. 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.