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 scheduled offerings:

  • Spring 2021: Tuesday & Thursday, 1:10 - 2:25, live sessions online (via Zoom & Canvas)
  • Spring 2021: an all-online, "asynchronous" course taught by Dr. Paul Staten
  • Fall 2021: Monday & Wednesday, 11:15 - 12:30, tentatively scheduled for Ernie Pyle Hall (100% in person, I hope!)
  • Fall 2021: an all-online, "asynchronous" course taught by Dr. Paul Staten

Office hours: check Canvas

Our Class and COVID-19

Because our class's enrollment is so large in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, we will be meeting entirely online (with no classroom / lecture hall meetings) in the fall.

In Fall 2021, we have been told to "expect to return to a normal, in-person semester."  But that is very preliminary.  We may not know for sure until July.

Enrollment & Wait List Information

For EAS-E 144, I always open up as many seats as the dean's office will allow.  If you find that the course is full, please join the wait list -- normally, there will be a few people who switch to other courses right before the semester begins.

Because of work restrictions for the graduate student AIs, it is usually not possible to accomodate "overload" registrations -- so do stay on the wait list as long as you can.

Course Materials

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.

Once the semester starts, we will do everything through Canvas.

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

Please do reach out if you'd like to know more about our course.  Most of the course content will be kept on Canvas once the semester begins.


Page updated on March 5th, 2021

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.
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