G437 Synoptic Meteorology


NOTE: This is the Spring 2016 edition of the website. The course will be offered again in Spring 2018.

This will be our website for GEOL-G 437, Synoptic Meteorology.  I'll be adding more to it as we get closer to January.

Dates and Times

Tuesday and Thursday, 1:00-2:15 p.m., Geology 522

Some Early Reading Recommendations

Here's your recommended reading for the first three weeks.  I hope that most of it will feel like a review to you.


"Weather Maps," 3rd Edition, by Peter Chaston.  This text is out of print and not available at the IU Bookstore or TIS.  We'll take care of the arrangements on the first day:
- Option 1: if you already have a copy, great.
- Option 2: I can loan you one of my copies for the semester.  (Yes, I have enough.)
- Option 3: If you're staying in the field, you should buy one on Amazon.  As of 16 December, there are 4 copies available for $10 plus shipping.


  • Homeworks, "Labs," Map Assignments, etc.: 40%
  • Weather Briefings (2, beginning after spring break): 10%
  • Participation in the WxChallenge National Forecast Contest: 10%
  • Midterm Exam, last class before Spring Break: 20%
  • Final Exam, time and date TBD: 20%


For now, here is a tentative list of our course topics to whet your appetite:

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Last Updated on  July 25th, 2017