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Weather

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Aviation Weather   (AVF-203)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
A study and analysis of mid-latitude meteorology in the Northern Hemisphere with an emphasis on those phenomena affecting aircraft operation.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Describe weather phenomena which impacts aviation and flight operations, including atmospheric composition and atmospheric circulation systems.
  • Demonstrate or explain how to conduct basic aviation weather forecasting.
  • Discuss aviation weather hazards such as wind shear, icing, severe weather, and other similar phenomena.
  • Explain how to read and interpret weather charts and maps, routine meteorological reports and forecasts (METARs, TAFs, PIREPs, SIGMETs, etc.).
  • Analyze and explain the impact of weather on aviation businesses.
  • Demonstrate how to gather, analyze, and use weather data during preparation for flight operations, including the impact of such information on decisions to fly or not fly.
  • Explain the following weather phenomena and their impacts on aviation operations: wind shear, mountain waves, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, jet stream shifts, el nino and la nina.

 
Weather Radar Operation   (WET-231)   3.00 s.h.  
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Principles and operation of weather radar systems with emphasis on interpretation of weather radar echoes. 
Weather Station Operation   (WET-221)   3.00 s.h.  
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Weather observer duties in a simulated weather station. Includes taking actual weather observations, operating station instruments and equipment, preparing weather products, maintaining publications, and implementing work center safety procedures. 
Advanced Weather Station Operation   (WET-321)   3.00 s.h.  
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Requirements and procedures for acquisition/management of weather resources and programs, environmental support plans, certification of weather personnel, unit quality control programs, management information system input, and obtaining meteorological support from other weather agencies. Determination of concepts and procedures to support unique operations requirements. 
Central Weather Facility   (WET-322)   3.00 s.h.  
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Theories and techniques of weather forecasting in a simulated weather station environment, including typical forecasting and briefing duties. Operationally oriented simulated missions and forecast requirements to include analyzing weather maps, issuing spot forecasts, accomplishing flight clearances, and developing and presenting briefings. 
Weather Observation   (EAS-235)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Practice in observing weather elements; making instrument evaluations; encoding/recording weather observations of sky conditions, cloud forms, atmospheric phenomena, visibility and obstructions, wind, temperature, humidity, pressure and precipitation; and classification of storm echoes received on storm detection equipment.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstration of knowledge of standards instruments used to record weather conditions; how they work, their uses, and limitations or sources of error.
  • Be able to explain how visual observations are made ( e.g. Beaufort Scale), including sky conditions, cloud forms, other atmospheric phenomena (e.g. halos, sun dogs, smoke, etc.)
  • Understanding of the standard symbols utilized to record this data on weather maps.
  • Explain how storms are detected utilizing remote sensing (e.g. Doppler Radar, bow echoes, etc.) and how the patterns produced through such instruments are interpreted.

 
Operational Weather Forecasting   (WET-251)   3.00 s.h.  
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Subjective and objective forecasting techniques for flightpaths and terminals. Use of teletype and facsimile data plus current data from functional weather equipment and radar for analysis and forecasting exercises. Primary emphasis on developing forecasting techniques and identifying parameters associated with severe weather. 
Plotting Weather Maps   (EAS-330)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Preparation of maps and charts from land, airways, and ship station reports; includes thermodynamic diagrams, constant pressure charts, aircraft meteorological reports, and local area surface charts.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental elements of weather, the instruments used to gather this information and the scales on which such information are reported (e.g. temperature, humidity, dew point, wind direction and speed, cloud type and ceiling, types and amounts or precipitation, etc.)
  • Demonstrate an ability to utilize the Laws of Thermodynamics that apply to weather and climate to explain how changes in one element may produce changes in others. (e.g. The Ideal Gas Law; the relationship between temperature and pressure)
  • Apply dynamic principles to explain weather forming processes and conditions such as convention, stability, Wet and Dry Adiabatic Lapse rates, etc.
  • Construct of weather maps from raw data obtained from sources at land, sea and aloft, using the correct symbols
  • Construct Basic Thermodynamic Charts, using one of the more commonly utilized formats (e.g. Skew-t, Stuve, or Tephigram) and be able to explain how they are constructed, what they reveal about both present and potential weather, and why they are utilized.

 
Introduction to Meteorology   (EAS-131)   3.00 s.h.  
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Course Description
Bringing together geography, chemistry, physics, and other scientific disciplines, the course will cover topics including meteorological elements, air masses, synoptic, regional, and local scale weather systems; severe weather; meteorological observation, instrumentation, and forecasting; aviation weather; agricultural meteorology; air pollution, global warming, climate change, and renewable energy applications.

Learning Outcomes
Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of meteorology vocabulary.
  • Identify and explain elements that manipulate the earth's atmosphere.
  • Describe and explain the origin, composition, structure and behavior of the earth's atmosphere.
  • Define radiation and explain the energy transfer by radiation, conduction and convection.
  • Describe temperature, pressure, density, moisture, wind and circulation as it relates to the earth's atmosphere.
  • Identify what temperature really measures, why pressure decreases with height and why density is often the overlooked crucial factor.
  • Describe the formation cold and warm fronts and their influence on forming cyclones, tornadoes, hurricanes, and typhoons.
  • Describe the major cloud types, how they are classified and the concepts of stability and buoyancy.
  • Identify four major air mass categories.
  • Explain the impact that people have on the atmospheric environment.
  • Give examples of the importance of meteorological events and their significance in affecting human lives.
  • Describe the process of weather forecasting.

 
Meteorology II   (EAS-232)   3.00 s.h.  
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An expansion of Meteorology I including the following theoretical concepts: hydrostatic instability, baroclinic instability, thermal wind, and kinematic fields. These will be integrated into real time weather analysis of synoptic patterns involving mid-latitude cyclones, frontal systems, and jet streams. The anatomy of severe thunder- storms, particularly as applied to aviation hazards, will be treated in detail through analysis of recent major aircraft accidents. 
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