Atmospheric Sciences 502
Introduction to Synoptic Meteorology
Spring 2021
Purpose of the course:
  • Foster understanding of synoptic-scale weather systems
  • Introduce methods of synoptic analysis
  • Apply dynamical concepts to weather analysis and interpretation

Lynn McMurdie
526 ATG (Atmospheric Sci./Geophysics Bldg) 
(206) 685-9405 
Office hours: Wednesdays at 1:30 pm on zoom or by appointment

Class Schedule

Lectures: Monday and Wednesday 10:30 - 11:20 am, in ATG 610

Lab: Friday 9:30 - 11:20 am in ATG 610

NOTE: All lectures/labs will be online using zoom. See course CANVAS page for link

Suggested Textbooks:

Mid-Latitude Atmospheric Dynamics by J. E. Martin

Midlatitude Synoptic Meteorology by G. Lackmann

Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, by J. M. Wallace and P. V. Hobbs

An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology, 5th edition, by J. R. Holton and G. J. Hakim

Cloud Dynamics, by R. A. Houze, Jr.

Synoptic-dynamic Meteorology in Midlatitudes, Vol. 2, by H. B. Bluestein

Extratropical cyclones, C. W. Newton and E. O. Holopainen, Eds.

The Life Cycles of Extratropical Cyclones, M. Shapiro and S. Gronas, Eds.

  • Labwork and homework: 45%
  • Final Project 45%
  • Weather discussion participation 10%
  • Due to the online format, there will be no exams