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Atmospheric Sciences 101: Weather
Spring 2008
Purpose of the course: to develop an understanding of the weather and related atmospheric phenomena. The emphasis will be on understanding how and why things happen, not the memorization of terminology.

Distribution of final course grades
(mean is 3.02)


Dale Durran durrand@atmos.washington.edu
408 ATG (Atmospheric Sci./Geophysics Bldg) 
Office hours: M 1:15-2:15 PM

Teaching Assistants:

Ryan Eastman rmeast@atmos.washington.edu
Jennifer Fletcher jkf@atmos.washington.edu
Rick Steed steed@atmos.washington.edu

TA Office: 420 ATG, 543-6627 

Office hours (also available by appointment): 

Ryan Eastman Tues.
Jennifer Fletcher Tues.
Rick Steed Wed.

UW Clue:

Mary Gates Hall Rm 238
Tuesday 6:30-8:00 PM

Class Schedule

Lectures: Mon-Thurs 10:30-11:20am, Kane 220

Quiz Sections:
AA F 10:30-11:20 MGH 234 Rick
AB F 10:30-11:20 JHN 026 Jennifer
AC F 10:30-11:20 JHN  022 Ryan
AD F 1:30-2:20 MGH 254 Rick
AE Th 11:30-12:20 MGH 287 Rick
AF Th 1:30-2:20 LOW 102 Jennifer
AG Th 2:30-3:20 MGH 389 Ryan

Required Resources:

Course Notes on the Web, linked in left sidebar

World of Weather: Fundamentals of Meteorology, 4th edition by Lee Grenci and Jon Nese, 2006, Kendall-Hunt 

The "textbook" actually comes in the form of a stack of perforated pages that you will need to put in a binder (the binder is not provided). Although you might not be used to that format, it has several advantages: you can take only the pages you need to class or to study, rather than carrying the whole book; you can insert your own notes at the right place in the text; your binder will contain everything related to the class (textbook, class notes, homework, quizzes) so that you can study the material in the right order and thoroughly for the tests. Last but not least, this textbook is cheaper than most weather textbooks.

RF Clicker from Turning Technologies, this device will be used to make the large lecture format more interactive. (Available from the bookstore.)

Library resources:

The required textbooks, together with the following introductory textbooks have been placed on reserve in the Undergraduate Library.
Ackerman, Steven & John Knox
Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere
Ahrens, C. Donald Essentials of Meteorology
Lutgens, Fredrick & Edward Tarbuck The Atmosphere
Williams, Jack The Weather Book