Atmospheric Dynamics III

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Dr. Wang stands before a nature backdrop
Wang, Xuguang
Professor; Presidential Research Professor; Robert Lowry Chair Professor


National Weather Center, Room 1350, 120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman, OK   View map


Fall 2017

METR 4133, Atmospheric Dynamics III: Mid-Latitude Synoptic- Scale Dynamics

Fall 2017

Instructor              Dr. Xuguang Wang

Office: National Weather Center, Room 5341 Email:

Phone: 405 325 3426

Office Hours:  Tues and Thurs 2:15-3:00pm

TA                          Ms. Sarah Wugofski

Office: National Weather Center 5110 Email:

Phone: 240-338-6623

Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 11:00am-12:00pm

Class Web Site      will use Canvas primarily

Classroom/Time   Room 5600, National Weather Center, Tues and Thurs, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm


Required Texts     Bluestein, H., 1992:  Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Mid-Latitudes, Volume I: Principles of Kinematics and Dynamics. Oxford Univ. Press, 431pp.


Bluestein, H., 1993: Synoptic-Dynamic Meteorology in Mid-Latitudes, Volume II: Observations and Theory of Weather Systems. Oxford Univ. Press, 594pp.


Holton, J.R. and G. J. Hakim, 2004: An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 5th Edition, Academic Press, 532pp.


Prerequisites          METR 3123 (Atmospheric Dynamics II) and METR 3223 (Physical Meteorology II) and or equivalents. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED A GRADE OF “C” OR BETTER IN THE PREREQUISITE COURSES, YOU CANNOT ENROLL IN THIS ONE.


Topics                    Review of elementary dynamics, thermodynamics Quasi-geostrophic theory and application

Extra-tropical disturbances and baroclinic instability in the context of QG theory

Fronts, jets

Selected topics on atmospheric predictability, ensemble prediction and data assimilation


Grading                 Homework Problems (4-6 sets)                                              25% Mid-Term Exam (Thursday, October 12, in class)                 35% Final Exam (1:30 am-3:30 pm on                                           40% Monday, Dec 11)


The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities. Those having such a need are requested to speak with Dr. Wang as early in the semester as possible. Students with disabilities also must be registered with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) prior to receiving accommodations in this course. You may contact the ODS at Goddard Health Center, Suite 166, phone 405-325-3852 or TTD only at 405-325-4173.

It is the student’s responsibility to read and understand the University of Oklahoma Student Code, especially that governing Academic Misconduct.  Violations of the Student Code will not be tolerated in this course.