What causes tornadoes?  Where and when are hurricanes most common?  What's the difference between sleet and freezing rain?  If you like dangerous weather-- or if you're terrified of it and want to learn more about it -- this is the place for you.

General Details

Instructor: Dr. Cody Kirkpatrick (my email address)

Dates and times of future offerings:

  • Summer 2019: MTWR, 12:40 - 2:30 p.m., Geology 210
  • Fall 2019: Monday & Wednesday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Geology 126

Office hours: check the syllabus

GEOL-G 144 becomes EAS-E 144

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EAS) is relisting many of our courses this year.  The change will be transparent -- hopefully -- to students.  Our course has been "GEOL-G 144" for years, but will now be known as "EAS-E 144" moving forward.  It's the same course, same topics, same instructors, and is still a "Gen Ed" course...it just has a different identification.  Sorry if there is any temporary confusion!

Enrollment & Wait List Information

For EAS-E 144, I always open up as many seats as we have chairs in the room.  If you find that the course is full, always join the wait list -- normally, there will be a few people who switch to other courses before the semester begins.

Because of seat limitations, it will not be possible to accomodate "overload" registrations -- stay on the wait list as long as you can.

Course Text

There is nothing to buy!  We'll use the "JetStream" website, provided by the National Weather Service.  In addition, I'll provide numerous handouts and additional readings.  (Hint: get a three-ring binder.)

More Details

There's always a recent Syllabus available if you want all the gory details about all aspects of our course.  The bottom line: we have three exams, multiple quizzes, and pre-class assignments on Canvas, and in-class team activities (short lab-like assignments).  Attendance is not "checked" but at least once a week there is a graded activity of some type in class.

Current Weather Conditions

We'll look at national and local current weather almost daily during the course.  I bet you already know how to interpret these images!

This Website

We'll use a combination of this website and Canvas for the course this semester.  If that gets to be too confusing or too cumbersome, we'll adjust as needed.


Page updated on February 23rd, 2019

Past Course Evaluations

If you're a student at IU, you have access to my recent course evaluations through the OCQ Student Dashboard. Check them out!

"What Past Students Said"

Here is a snippet of my course evaluations from one of the recent times I taught E144.

Other News & Notes

Dr. K will be out of town for at least one class meeting every semester. Either the AI will teach that day, or we'll have an online assignment to complete, or something similar. free hit counters