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During Class After Class

Material to go over before class

Pre-class Assessment In Class

Beyond the Classroom

  • CM - Comet Module
  • CP - Conference Presentation
  • JA - Journal Article
Introduction to Mesoscale Meteorology pc#1 - definition of the mesoscale Intro to mesoscale concepts and questions


Frontal Structure and Frontogenesis pc#2 - fronts and frontogenesis fronts and frontogenesis

CM: Frontogenetical Circulations and Stability

The Boundary Layer pc#3 - review of the boundary layer Data Analysis - Boundary Layer Structure and Evolution  
Thermal Circulations pc#4 - thermal circulations

thermal circulations - sea breeze and UHI

Evolution of Florida Sea Breezes

The dryline, gust fronts, and coastal fronts

pc#5 - drylines

pc#6 - gust fronts, coastal fronts and DCZ

Drylines, gust fronts, coastal fronts and the Denver Convergence Zone

Lidar/WRF analysis of SE Wyoming Dryline

Radar analysis of DCZ/gust fronts

Boundary Layer Convection pc#7 - boundary layer convection

HCRs, open, and closed cell convection

Radar Analysis of BLC

Convective Initiation

pc#8 - convective initiation

Convective Initiation

CP: 94th AMS Annual Meeting - Review Talk by C. Ziegler on CI

Lab: CI over east-central Florida

Nocturnal Low-Level Jet pc#9 - nocturnal LLJ

Nocturnal LLJ

LLJ Climatology

Introduction to moist, deep convection Introduction to convective modes: ordinary/multi/supercells   CM: Radar Signatures for Severe Convective Weather
Deep Convection Physical Processes


Deep Convection Forecast Parameters Summary of forecast parameters CP: 94th AMS Annual Meeting: Review of Current Severe Storms Forecast Techniques and a Look into the Future - J. Hart  
Squall Lines Squall lines, line end vortices, and MCVs  
Bow Echoes Bow echoes, mesovortices, and damaging potential

JA: Climatology of Severe Thunderstorms 2003-2011 by Smith et al. (2012)

May 8, 2009



Rating Tornado Damage

CP: 94th AMS Annual Meeting - How Tornadoes Develop - Review talk by P. Markowski

JA: Supercell and QLCS tornado environments (Thompson et al. 2012)

Mesoscale Modeling mesoscale modeling  
Flow Interaction with Topography and Mountain Waves Flow Interaction with Topography and Mountain Waves  
Gravity Waves        
Shearing Instability      
Pressure Perturbations      



  1. Boundary Layer Evolution and Layer Identification

  2. Boundary Layer Convergence Zones, Boundary Layer Convection, and CI

  3. Cold-pool shear balance within a simulated 2-dimensional squall line

  4. Assessing convective mode - ordinary cell, multi cell, and supercell storms - analysis of case studies

  5. Simulating Convective Modes

  6. Mountain Waves

  7. Forecasting convective initiation, mode, and severe threat