Introduction to Meteorology I Lab

August 21, 2017
M 5:00-7:00
METR 2011.900


Daniel Cornish
M.S. Student


National Weather Center, Room 5720, 120 David L. Boren Blvd, Norman, OK   View map


Fall 2017

METR 2011: Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory 1

Section 900

Fall 2017


Instructor:          Daniel Cornish


Office Hours:     Monday 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Tuesday 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. in NWC 5110 (I am also available after class)

Classroom:         NWC 5720 (Linux Lab)

Time:                  M, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.


This lab will work to reinforce the course material of METR 2013, but the concepts and materials covered will not necessarily coincide with what is being presented in the actual METR 2013. In fact, this lab may be thought of as a completely separate course.


Required Textbook:

There is no required textbook for this course.


Recommended Textbooks:

Ahrens, C. D., 2012: Meteorology Today, 10th Edition. Cengage Learning, 640 pp.


Lackmann, G., 2011: Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology: Dynamics, Analysis, & Forecasting., American Meteorological Society, 345 pp.


Markowski, P., and Y. Richardson, 2010: Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes, Wiley-Blackwell, 424 pp.


Sobell, M. G., 2013: A Practical Guide to Linux: Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming, 3rd Edition. Prentice Hall, 1154 pp.


Wallace, J. M., and P. V. Hobbs, 2006: Atmospheric Science: An Introductory Survey, 2nd Edition. Academic Press, 504 pp.


Course Page:

The class website will be Canvas ( Grades and course assignments will be posted here. I will try and email the assignment to everyone before class as well. Be sure to print the lab prior to attending class (you can print for free in the Mac lab and the Linux Lab. There may be a few labs that have (necessary) color images. I will print those for you).


Office Hours:

I will hold office hours in my office NWC 5110 which is located down the hallway past the SoM office walking towards the north side of the building. I will be in my office frequently throughout the day aside from office hours, but please email me first so that I know who is coming and how many students are coming.




Reading Assignments:

Optional reading assignments will be posted to Canvas occasionally. I would recommend reading these if you have the time.


Grading Scale:

A: 90 – 100+

B: 80 – 89.9

C: 70 – 79.9

D: 60 – 69.9

F:   0 – 59.9


It should not be difficult to obtain an A in this class. As long as you do your work and attend class, you won’t have any problems J. I also reserve the right to adjust the grading scale based on your individual performance in the class (but I will not adjust it up. A 91% will not be a “B”).


The lowest lab, quiz, and math assignment grade will be dropped.



Labs:                           60%

Quizzes:                      20%

Weather Briefing:       15%

Math Assignments:     5%


Weekly Quizzes:

At the beginning of each lab there will be a short quiz that covers the previous week’s topics as well as an extra credit question (which may or may not cover the previous week’s lab, but it’ll be fun J).



Assignments are due at the beginning of the next class. Late assignments will have the grade deducted by 10% (from 100%) each day that it is late. Exceptions can be made in advance.


Group work is encouraged, but each student must turn in his or her own unique answers. Copying off someone else’s work is considered cheating. Please don’t do it. You don’t really want to face the consequences for that.


Weather Briefings:

After the quiz, two students will be selected to give a weather briefing. This will be a short (~10 minutes) discussion of the weather from a forecasting perspective and a case study perspective if an interesting event happened before the lab. A handout with more information will be posted to Canvas.


Math Assignments:

I am sure that you have heard that METR 2013 is considered by some to be a “weed-out” class. In actuality, the reason that most students say that is because it is the first calculus-based meteorology class that students take. This was something that we started last year and it seemed to be very useful. However, we don’t want you to feel as though this is too much, so we are making it a very small percentage of your grade and there will only be a few problems each week. The purpose of these assignments is to provide reference material on some of the math concepts that many students struggle with to help you throughout your meteorology courses. You are all more than welcome to ask me any questions related to this meteorology class, the lecture, or even calculus questions. I want to see you all succeed, and I think that some extra math would be beneficial.


Academic Misconduct:

DON’T DO IT!!!!!!!! Please. You greatly degrade your learning experience by doing so and the consequences can be severe. More information can be found at Instances of academic misconduct will be investigated and action will be taken under the official university policies. This really isn’t a conversation that anyone wants to have, so it’s best to just avoid it in the first place.


Students with Disabilities:

“The University of Oklahoma is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all students with disabilities. Students with disabilities who require accommodations in this course are requested to speak with the professor as early in the semester as possible. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services prior to receiving accommodations in this course. The Office of Disability Services is located in Goddard Health Center, Suite 166, phone 405-325-3852 or TDD only 405-325-4173.”


Students with disabilities who require accommodations should see the instructor as soon as possible. However, if you don’t feel comfortable talking to me, you may always speak to Shelby Hill in the SoM office (first door on the left after you walk in the office) and she can talk to me.






Week Date Topic
1 August 21 No Class!!!!!!! JJJJJJ
2 August 28 Lab 1: Conversions, Units, Dimensions, and Geography
3 September 4 Lab 2: Linux and HTML
4 September 11 Lab 3: METAR and Surface Data
5 September 18 Lab 4: Fronts, Surface Analysis, and Upper Air
6 September 25 Lab 5: Python and Surface Analysis
7 October 2 Lab 6: Satellite Observations
8 October 9 Lab 7: Radar
9 October 16 Lab 8: Atmospheric Stability and Soundings
10 October 23 Lab 9: Atmospheric Moisture
11 October 30 Lab 10: Outdoor Measurements
12 November 6 Lab 11: Radiation
13 November 13 Lab 12: Winter Weather
14 November 20 Thanksgiving break! No Lab!!!
15 November 27 Lab 13: Severe Weather
16 December 4 Lab 14: Extra Credit Lab J
17 December 11 Finals Week. No Lab!!! Good luck on your finals!

*Note: Schedule is subject to change depending on availability of resources.


120 David L Boren Blvd., Suite 5900, Norman, OK 73072 (405) 325-6561