A437 Synoptic Meteorology


Dates and Times - Spring 2022

Tentatively: MWF 1:45 - 2:35, Geology 2029


"Weather Maps," 3rd Edition, by Peter Chaston.  This text is out of print and not available at the IU Bookstore.  We'll take care of the arrangements on the first day.  The tentative plan is:

- Option 1: if you already have a copy, great.

- Option 2: I can loan you one of my copies for the semester.  (I should have enough.)  If you'd like to go this route, please bring a $20 deposit on the first day of class; once you return the book in the same condition in May, I'll refund your $20.

- Option 3: If you're staying in the field, you can buy one on Amazon.  Copies are normally $20-$40.

The 4th Edition is normally much more expensive (everyone is hoarding their copies -- including me!), so it's rare to find one under $60.  Stick with the 3rd.

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.

Expected Assessment

  • Homeworks, "Labs," Map Assignments, etc.: 45%
  • Weather Briefings (2, beginning after spring break): 10%
  • Weekly weather forecasts: 10%
  • Midterm Exam, last class before Spring Break: 15%
  • Final Exam, time and date from the official IU schedule: 20%

Expected Topics

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


Last Updated on October 26th, 2021