Atmospheric Sciences 452

Weather Forecasting and Advanced Synoptic Meteorology
Spring 2017

12-h forecast   ensemble


Professor Cliff Mass, 612 ATG, 685-0910,

Dr. Nick Bond, 526-6459 (PMEL)

Class Hours:

Lectures generally MWF 1:30-2:20 PM, but occasionally will occur on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Lab:  1:30-3:20 PM (T, TH, F), 2:30-4:20 PM (MW)

Office Hours:

Anytime we are in our offices. Appointments can be made if needed. Email questions are always welcome.

Course Outline:

Outline Web Page


Lots of handouts and web-based materials.


25% forecasting, 25% labs and map discussion, 25% midterm, 25% final

Midterm:  TBA
Monday, June 5, 2017, 230-420 pm, ATG 610

Class Web Site:

Class Powerpoints

Goals of Class:

1. To learn the tools and techniques of modern weather forecasting
2. To review more advanced topics in synoptic and mesoscale meteorology

Laboratory Exercises:

Surface map analysis (both North American, regional, and oceanic)
Daily forecasting at several cities
Student-led map discussions
Regional case studies (e.g., onshore push)
COMET modules