A437 Synoptic Meteorology


Dates and Times - Spring 2018

Mon/Wed/Fri, 2:30-3:20, Geology 220


"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.)  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 should buy one on Amazon.  As of 10 October, there are copies available for under $20.

Don't bother with the 4th Edition.  There weren't that many changes, and everyone is hoarding their copies (including me!), so it's rare to find one under $60.

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.


  • 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 from the official IU schedule: 20%


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


Last Updated on January 3rd, 2018