Severe and Hazardous Weather

Severe and Hazardous Weather
Nonmathematical introduction to meteorology. Atmospheric structure and dynamic behavior, focusing on short-term violent weather and longer-term hazards: drought, floods, heat waves, cold waves, and climate change, including human environmental impact.
 Hours3.0 Credit, 3.0 Lecture, 0.0 Lab
 PrerequisitesPhy S 100 or high school/college physics.
Course Outcomes

Types of Weather

Describe and explain types of severe weather, how they impact human lives, and how to minimize weather-related risks to themselves, others, and property.

Short-term and Seasonal Weather Patterns

Understand the reasons for short-term and seasonal weather patterns and changes and how those patterns and changes are represented in weather maps, charts, and images.


Explain the factors that control climate. Thereby explain the causes of climate change and the potential effects, catastrophic and benign, of such change.

Weather Forecasts

Formulate short-term weather forecasts directly from observations; fine-tune professional forecasts to their specific locations.