AVF 213: Advanced Meteorology

Degree Code
Natural Science
Credits 5 Lecture Hours 55
This course is designed for aviation majors but it is helpful for the non-aviation major to understand meteorology at a more advanced level. This course will cover the nature and utility of atmosphere, winds, temperature, moisture, air masses and frontal systems, weather forecasting utilizing charts and reports available from FAA and NWS. This course will incorporate techniques for flying in various weather conditions.

Prerequisites

AVF 113 or Chief Pilot approval
Course Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to demonstrate the following knowledge or skills:

  1. The student will be able to understand weather theory and the cause and effect relationship to each part, recognize critical and typical weather phenomenon including cloud types & related weather, and be able to read and interpret weather data. These skills will be demonstrated by written tests.
Course Content Outline
  1. The Earth and Its Atmosphere
  2. Warming the Earth and Its Atmosphere
  3. Seasonal and Daily Temperatures
  4. Light, Color and Atmospheric Optics
  5. Atmospheric Moisture
  6. Condensation: Dew, Fog and Clouds
  7. Stability and Cloud Development
  8. Review & Evaluation
  9. Precipitation
  10. Air Pressure, Forces and Winds
  11. Wind: Small Scale and Local Systems
  12. Air Masses and Fronts
  13. Review & Evaluation
  14. Middle Latitude Cyclones
  15. Weather Forecasting
  16. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
  17. Hurricanes
  18. Air Pollution
  19. Global Climate
  20. Climate Change
  21. Review & Evaluation
Department Guidelines

Two mid-term tests will be given plus a comprehensive final. Between major tests, short 15 minutes quizzes may be used to maintain study motivation and supplement the overall-testing program. Grades will be earned according to the following numerical system. Note *70% is lowest passing grade.

98-100% 4.0
97% 3.9
96% 3.8
95% 3.7
94% 3.6
93% 3.5
92% 3.4
91% 3.3
90% 3.2
89% 3.1
88% 3.0
87% 2.9
86% 2.8
85% 2.7
84% 2.6
83% 2.5
82% 2.4
81% 2.3
80% 2.2
79% 2.1
78% 2.0
77% 1.9
76% 1.8
75% 1.7
74% 1.5
73% 1.3
72% 1.1
71% 0.9
70% 0.7