METR 2021.011: Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory II

January 15, 2018
W 4:00-6:00
METR 2021.011


Daniel Cornish
M.S. Student


120 David L Boren Blvd., Room 5720, Norman, OK 73072   View map


Spring 2018

METR 2021: Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory II
Section 011
Spring 2018


Instructor:          Daniel Cornish
Office Hours:     Monday TBD, Wednesday 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in NWC 5110
Classroom:         NWC 5720 (Linux Lab)
Time:                   Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

This lab will work to reinforce the course material of METR 2023, but the concepts and materials covered will not necessarily coincide with what is being presented in the actual METR 2023.

Required Textbook:

There is no required textbook for this course.

Course Page:

The class website will be Canvas ( Grades and course assignments will be posted here. I will do my best to post course assignments on Canvas the morning before each class.

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 may be in my office throughout the day aside from office hours, so feel free to stop by and see if I am there if you have any quick questions. We can also schedule a time to meet outside of office hours.

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 ☺. 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 and quiz grade will be dropped.

Labs: 70%
Quizzes: 20%
Programming Assignments: 10%


Lab 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.

Weekly Quizzes:

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

Programming Assignments:

Programming assignments will also be due at the beginning of the designated class period. Since these will be in addition to the lab assignments, you will have two weeks to complete these. The main goal of these assignments is to get you more comfortable with programming in python and to prepare you for coding in future classes.

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 January 17 No Class!!!!!!! ☺☺☺☺☺☺
2 January 24 Lab 1: Math Review
3 January 31 Lab 2: Review: Station plots, soundings, hodographs, contouring
4 February 7 Lab 3: Advection, geostrophic and ageostrophic wind
5 February 14 Lab 4: Thermal wind
6 February 21 Lab 5: Jet dynamics
7 February 28 Lab 6: Vorticity
8 March 7 Lab 7: Intro to qualitative QG Theory
9 March 14 Lab 8: Extratropical cyclones
10 March 21 Spring Break! No Lab
11 March 28 Lab 9: Severe weather
12 April 4 Lab 10: Computer models
13 April 11 Lab 11: Dual-pol radar applications
14 April 18 Lab 12: Forecast discussion
15 April 25 Lab 13: Forecast discussion
16 May 2 Lab 14: Extra Credit Lab ☺
17 May 9 Finals Week. No Lab!!! Good luck on your finals!

 *Note: Schedule/topics are tentative and subject to change (likely)

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