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MET101 - Introduction to Meteorology
Catalog Description: An introduction to scientific inquiry of how the atmosphere and weather behave. It examines atmospheric parameters (temperatures, humidity, pressure, winds); the formation of clouds, rain and snow; middle-latitude cyclones and hurricanes; and the development of thunderstorms, lightning, hail and tornadoes. Basic weather forecasting, climate change, air pollution, and optical phenomena are also examined. Includes a laboratory component where students learn to analyze meteorological concepts, data, and maps. Two class hours, two lab hours. Prerequisite: Completion of the Genesee Community College math proficiency.
Lecture: 2 hrs.
Lab: 2 hrs.
Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Describe the layers of the atmosphere, both in chemical composition and temperature distribution.
2. Define various terms common to Meteorology (temperature, pressure, humidity, etc.).
3. Identify different types of meteorological instrumentation.
4. Identify the various types of precipitation and describe their causes.
5. Describe the process of cloud formation.
6. Identify different cloud types.
7. Analyze data appropriate to the field of meteorology
8. Describe the earth's heat balance through various means (convection, conduction, radiation, absorption, scattering, etc.).
9. Describe seasonal variations at different locations with their causes.
10. Describe the general circulation patterns of the earth, on both a large and small scale.
11. Identify the jet stream and describe its effect on U.S. weather patterns.
12. List the air masses that effect the continental U.S.
13. Explain the formation of cyclogenesis and pressure systems
14. Illustrate the effect of cyclogenesis and pressure systems on fronts and our weather system.
15. Identify and describe the conditions necessary for severe weather development.
16. Predict local weather using available tools.
Effective Term: Fall 2019