Weather & Climate Lab (911)

August 21, 2017
T 6:30-8:20
METR 1014.911


Flournoy, Matt
Ph.D. Student


Sarkeys Energy Center Room P203, Norman, OK 73072   View map


Fall 2017


Weather and Climate Laboratory

METR 1014-911

Fall 2017

Tuesday; 6:30pm – 8:20pm; SEC P0203


Laboratory Instructor:  Matt Flournoy


Office hours: Tuesdays 5:30-6:30pm (right before class) or by appointment. I will hold my weekly office hours in room 410A of Sarkey’s Energy Center. I also have an office in the National Weather Center in which we can meet by appointment.


My job as your Teaching Assistant is to help you understand the presented material, but I can’t help if you don’t ask me questions.  If you have a conflict with my scheduled office hours, or a question arises that you would prefer to discuss sooner, please email me.


Course Description:

This lab will cover a wide range of topics about weather and climate and serves as a complement to the material covered in the METR 1014 lectures.


Course Goals:  1) To gain an understanding of how material presented is used in real world applications and 2) to gain hands-on experience using some of the methods and techniques used in weather and climate studies.


Course Materials:

Text:  C. Donald Ahrens, Essentials of Meteorology:  An Invitation to the Atmosphere, (We will not be directly using the textbook in class, but you are encouraged to bring it since it is a valuable reference text for your lab assignments)

Weekly Labs: Printed off from D2L website prior to the beginning of class.

Other lab Supplies:  Pencil, colored pencils, calculator


Laboratory Expectations:

Each student is required to do their own lab during class and turn in a lab report.  Discussion of the lab concepts amongst your classmates is encouraged, however I expect you to come up with your own answers to the questions asked.  In other words, use your own words.  Late lab reports will not be accepted unless there are extenuating circumstances that have been brought to my attention and cleared.  If extenuating circumstances arise and have been cleared, the lab must be made up within a week of the missed class period.



Attendance in lab session is MANDATORY. I will know who is there by the labs that are turned in at the end of class. In order to turn in a lab, you must hand it in yourself.


If you need to miss a lab due to athletic or religious reasons please inform me as soon as possible, but by no later than one week prior to the missed class. It may be possible for you to attend an alternate lab session, but this first must be cleared with the proper teaching assistant. I understand that sometimes you will need to miss a lab due to illness or unavoidable circumstances (ex. a family emergency) and will not be able to provide the required one week notice. Please let me know as soon as possible before class and other arrangements can be made for you to receive credit for your lab. You will still be required to complete the missed lab.


Unexcused absences are not tolerated. If you miss a class and fail to notify me before class begins, you will receive a zero for the day and will not be allowed the opportunity to make it up at a later date.


Lab Structure

We will start each lab promptly at the stated starting time. Please make your best effort to arrive on time, not only because walking in late disrupts the class, but also because you could miss important class instructions and announcements.


Be sure to come prepared. This means bringing a pencil, eraser, calculator, and sometimes colored pencils to each class. You must also print out and bring your lab to every class because I will not have extra copies of the lab with me.  I will not accept a loose-leaf sheet of paper with the answers written on it. If you forget to bring your lab to class, you can go to the library in Sarkey’s Energy Center to print it out (but you might have to pay a small fee).


I will give a brief introduction to each lab before you start on your assignment. This is a good time to ask questions if you have any. Another great time to ask questions is during the rest of the lab.  I always welcome and encourage questions as you complete your labs during the class period.


Labs are to be completed in class only. The two hours allotted to class should be sufficient to complete each lab, so please use your time effectively. Labs are due at the end of each lab period.


DO NOT WORK ON THE LAB EXERCISE BEFORE CLASS! This will be considered a form of cheating, and will result in a score of zero on that particular lab.


Make-Up Work

If you have an excused absence and need to make up a lab, you have exactly one week to complete it without penalty.  Otherwise, the grade for the lab will be recorded as a zero.  This is because I will return the current week’s lab the following week, and if I have already returned the lab to the rest of the class then I will not be able to accept yours.  For making up labs, you may either complete the lab during my office hours, make an appointment to meet with me in my NWC office, or you can simply bring the completed lab to me.  For making up lab quizzes you must meet me during my office hours or make an appointment to meet with me in my NWC office.



Lab exercises              60%

Lab quizzes (5)           40%


Your final lab grade will account for 25% of your total grade in the course. The labs will be graded for the most part on accuracy. You may lose points for sloppy or illegible work, so please be as neat as possible. At the end of the semester, I will drop your lowest lab percentage grade.

There will be a total of 5 quizzes over lab material throughout the semester. They will be announced and discussed in class the week before they are given. Each quiz will cover material from two previous weeks of lab, as described below:


Quiz 1 – Labs 1&2                                          Quiz 4 – Labs 7&8

Quiz 2 – Labs 3&4                                          Quiz 5 – Labs 9&10

Quiz 3 – Labs 5&6



Please contact me via email and I will respond as soon as I can.


Classroom Courtesy:

Please silence all phones, pagers (if those even exist anymore), and watch alarms before lab.


Canvas Website:

I will be using Canvas in this lab for posting lab notes and other important information.  You can find this at  Please check it regularly for announcements.


Accommodation of 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 instructor 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. You may contact the office at 405-325-3852 (voice) or 405-325-4173 (TDD).


Academic Misconduct

Cheating will not be tolerated and will be reported. No exceptions, no excuses. Those found cheating will be penalized under the OU Academic Misconduct Code, which can be found at In short, if you cheat, expect to be removed from the course and to receive an F for the course.

METR 1014 Lab Schedule

Day:   ­Lab:
August 22No lab
August 29Lab 1:  North American Geography
September 5Lab 2:  Dimensions and Units
September 12Lab 3:  Vertical Structure of the Atmosphere
September 19Lab 4:  Radiation and the Satellite Interpretation (Quiz 1)
September 26Lab 5:  Annual Temperature Patterns
October 3 (sub)Lab 6:  Atmospheric Moisture (Quiz 2)
October 10 (sub)Lab 7:  Saturation and Atmospheric Stability
October 17Lab 8:  Atmospheric Motion (Quiz 3)
October 24Lab 9:  Isopleths, Advection, and Global Circulation
October 31Lab 10:  Air Masses, Fronts, and Midlatitude Cyclones (Quiz 4)
November 7Lab 11:  Weather Map Analysis
November 14Lab 12:  Tornadoes (Quiz 5)
November 21No lab – Thanksgiving
November 28Lab 13:  Hurricanes
December 5Lab 14:  Climate Change