RADARMETEOROLOGY Prof. Bob Rauber Time: 11:00 p.m. MWF Credit: 4 hrs or 1 unit Location: 109 Atmos Sci. Text: Instructor's course notes. Available at the Department office. You must copy them yourself ($0.05/copy). Please KEEP THEM IN ORDER so that others can copy them after you. Do not copy over the lunch hour, since secretaries will not be available to help. Texts that supplement the course: Radar Observation of the Atmosphere by Louis Battan Doppler radar and weather observations by Doviak and Zrnic Radar in Meteorology (Ed. Atlas) Radar for Meteorologists by Reinhart Polarimetric Doppler Weather Radar by Bringi and Chandrasekar. These will be kept on reserve in library.
Radar and mesoscale meteorology: I plan to devote about 8-10 classes to real time interpretation of current weather, focusing on radar data and its relationship to either mesoscale phenomena or non-meteorological phenomena that produce the radar signatures. These classes will occur whenever the weather cooperates. Hopefully, we will examine frontal phenomena, a landfalling hurricane, coastal phenomena and lots of other interested features of the atmosphere.
Exams: Exams will be given twice during the semester. The first will be during the last week of October and the second will be during finals week. The final will not be cumulative. Homework assignments: Assignments will be given on a regular basis. These are due on the due date. I will penalize you 25% of the grade for one class late, 50% for two classes late and will not accept assignments after that except for medical or emergency problems. Final project: A final project and presentation will be assigned later in the course. I will discuss this at a later time in class.
Grading for the course: 1st exam: 25% of grade 2nd exam 25% of grade Homework 30% of grade Final project assignment 20% of grade
Radar data on the web: Best site: College of Dupage: http://weather.cod.edu/analysis/analysis.radar.html (has reflectivity, velocity, storm rel velocity, precip) http://weather.cod.edu/analysis/analysis.radar.html Next best site: National Weather Service (does not have velocity) National:http://weather.noaa.gov/radar/mosaic/DS.p19r0/ar.us.conus.shtml Local:Get national map and click on area of interest Connect to weather sites through http://severewx.atmos.uiuc.edu or http://classes.atmos.uiuc.edu/120/
BEST WAY TO GET RADAR DATA: Archived weather data through GARP: Log on to monsoon Run GARP (you will need to set up your account so that GARP displays properly. If you do not know what to do, refer to handout or see me) Select radar option button in GARP and select radar site by its code Select times (data archived for about one week) Load the data You can save the files as gif files and make animations for presentation.
Course website http://www.atmos.uiuc.edu/courses/atmos410-fa04/