ATMS 360 Atmospheric Instrumentation [main page] [assignments] [presentations] [previous notes 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 2016 2017].


Week 5: 17 February


Assignment 3, radar measurements for meteorology. This is an important topic for atmospheric science.
We will discuss it in class, and have a demonstration on polarization.
Read over the assignment and bring questions to class.


Related Information

Radar discussion.
Active remote sensing discussion.



Week 4: 12 February

Tuesday and Thursday:

Bring questions to class on Tuesday. Work on finishing up all graphs and prepare assignment 1.
The due date has been changed to Thursday to allow for discussion in class on Tuesday.


Related and/or Useful Information

Internship opportunities in climate science mentioned during class: Position 1, Position 2, Position 3.

Wednesday, 14 February, two talks will be presented on Atmospheric Science topics, Leifson Physics conference room. All are welcome.
These talks are in association with interviews for a new faculty position in Atmospheric Science.

12 pm Student oriented seminar with lunch provided.
4 pm Research seminar with cookies and tea provided.



Week 3: 5 February


We fit the pressure to this model, and demonstrated the use of the solver in Excel to get the scale height, H, for both Roch and Barrow,
and to get the temperature.

We will continue working on Assignment 1. Due date will be 13 February 2018, a week from Tuesday.

Be sure to login to Microsoft 365 and be able to save your files to your One Drive


Notes from class. We worked on air density, and continued with the assignment. We also started the report, showing how to optimally bring images into MSword as pictures rather than vector graphs.

Click images for larger versions.


Related and/or Useful Information

College of Science Career Advising workshops.




Week 2: 29 January


We will work more with basic understanding of the variation of temperature and dew point temperature in the atmosphere,
equilibrium state, and we will look at some balloon soundings for Reno and other places in the world.

Tuesday 2:15 pm, National Weather Service field trip for a tour and balloon launch.
Location: 2350 Raggio Parkway, Reno.
Here's the raw data from the balloon launch we attended.

Be sure to login to Microsoft 365 and be able to save your files to your One Drive.

Notes: Click images for larger version.




Week 1: 22 January

Thursday Class:

Continue with intro to the skew T log P diagram using our measurements from Tuesday, and work on assignment 1.

Here is the SkewT logP graph we worked on during class on Thursday, followed by the notes. Click images for larger version.


Notes from Tuesday's class. Click images for larger version.


Tuesday Class:

Introductions and orientation.
Three places to learn about what is going on in this class:
Daily Notes (here).
Assignments. Assignment 1 has been posted.


Temperature and Wetbulb Temperature Measurement
and Quantities Derived From Them

It's the dry season! And wet season! How can that be?
Relative humidity calculator
Dewpoint temperature calculator.
Lifting condensation level calculator.
Air temperature in room =
Wet bulb temperature in room =
Dew point temperature in room =
Calculated relative humidity =
Water vapor to air mixing ratio =
Lifting condensation level pressure =
Lifting condensation level temperature =
Surface pressure =
Lifting condensation level height =

Skew T log P graph as a gif file, and in a presentation.


[How to write lab report]

Example lab report

Another example lab report

ALL WILL WORK TOGETHER FOR A COMMON PURPOSE: To study the atmosphere from many perspectives! !