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A first look at various aspects of meteorology, including solar radiation, global circulation, environmental issues, winds, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. Basic physical principles, meteorological terminology, societal impacts, and weather analysis will be explored.
Notes and Syllabus by Paul Sirvatka

A quantitative first look at the science of meteorology. Physical concepts will be examined using algebraic methods to prepare students for material using higher mathematics. Operational, physical, and dynamical meteorology will be discussed to give students an overall understanding of atmospheric science. Equations of motion, thermodynamics, and the primitive equations will be among the topics covered.

Notes and Syllabus by Paul Sirvatka


In depth study of meteorological phenomena relating to severe thunderstorms, El Nino/Southern Oscillation events, and tropical storms. Topics will include severe weather spotting, weather radar, atmospheric soundings, tornadogenesis, El Nino, tropical meteorology, hurricanes, and an introduction to numerical weather prediction. Basic physical principles, their relation to weather events, and weather’s impact on society will also be explored.
Notes and Syllabus by Paul Sirvatka

In depth study of meteorological phenomena with short temporal and small spatial scales. Topics will include tools for mesoscale analysis, mesoscale modeling,
thermally-forced circulations, fog, mesoscale winter events, and the morphology of convective systems including squall lines, mesoscale convective systems and supercells
and their associated threats including flash floods and tornadoes. Other topics of current research interest will also be covered.
Notes and Syllabus by Paul Sirvatka

An in-depth study of severe weather forecasting and analysis. An emphasis is placed on hand analysis of raw data, assessing short term numerical weather models, and
nowcasting. Students monitor events prior to and during severe weather events using real time radar and other data sources. Students gain a better understanding of severe
weather initiation and evolution. Local field trips to observe severe weather first-hand may be included. May be taken up to two times for credit. Prerequisite: Earth
Science 1115 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor.
Severe Weather Lab Syllabus and Rules: Paul Sirvatka

A field study experience to study thunderstorms in their natural environment. Storm chasing combines knowledge and experience. Severe weather safety and spotting techniques
will be explored.
COD/NEXLAB Storm Chasing Web Page





A study of day-to-day weather patterns with an emphasis on understanding the basics of meteorological processes and forecasting. Students read weather reports and weather
maps needed to analyze current conditions and forecast weather. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions
locally and across the nation.
Forecasting Class notes and syllabi: Paul Sirvatka



A continuation of Weather Analysis and Forecasting I. Students continue investigating sources of data, learn to analyze raw images, and interpret numerical weather
forecasts. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.
Forecasting Class notes and syllabi: Paul Sirvatka



A continuation of Weather Analysis and Forecasting II. Emphasis is on independent analysis of weather events, forecast preparation, and mastery of hand data analysis.
Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions locally and across the nation.
Forecasting Class notes and syllabi: Paul Sirvatka



A continuation of Advanced Weather Analysis and Forecasting I. Students prepare a weekly forecast for the Chicago metropolitan area generally and DuPage County
specifically, and track and evaluate their forecasting accuracy. Taking advantage of a fully-operational weather laboratory, students monitor current weather conditions
locally and across the nation.
Forecasting Class notes and syllabi: Paul Sirvatka



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