SO 442 - Tropical Meteorology


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Course syllabus

Course policy

Online (free!) Tropical Meteorology textbook

Tropical weather briefing

Weather discussion guidelines and rubric

Links to useful tropical weather briefing sites
1. NHC http://www.nhc.noaa.gov
2. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) https://www.metoc.navy.mil/jtwc/jtwc.html
3. University of Wisconsin satellite and shear http://tropic.ssec.wisc.edu/
4. UCAR RAL track and intensity models https://ral.ucar.edu/guidance/realtime/current/
5. Tropical Prediction Center surface analysis http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/tafb_latest/USA_latest.gif
    TPC marine analysis home page http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/marine/
6. Dr. Brian Tang's U.Albany TC Page http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/tang/tcguidance/
7. Dr. Alan Brammer's U.Albany TC Page http://www.atmos.albany.edu/facstaff/abrammer/maps/genesis/

Lecture Notes

Lesson 1- Introduction to the tropics

Lesson 2- Tropical circulation and scaling

Lesson 3- Tropical cyclone climatology

Lesson 4- Remote sensing (part 1- Vis/IR/WV)

Lesson 5- Remote sensing (part 2- Microwave)

Lesson 6- Tropical cyclone formation

Lesson 7- Tropical cyclone potential intensity

Lesson 8- African Easterly Jet

Lesson 9- African Easterly Waves

Lesson 10- Madden-Julian Oscillation

Lesson 11- TC Motion

Lesson 12- Other TC genesis mechanisms

Lesson 13- Determining TC intensity

Lesson 14- TC Dynamics - Inertial Stability

Labs

Lab 1 Global base states and seasonal variability

Lab 2 Tropical cyclones and environment interaction

Lab 3 Inertial stability and outflow
    TC outflow paper

Assignments

Assignment 1 Introduction to the tropics

Assignment 2 Microwave Remote Sensing

Assignment 3 TC formation
    Gray (1968)

Assignment 4 The MJO