Courses taught by Prof. Roebber:
Advanced Synoptic/Mesoscale Meteorology (761; Graduate)
The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding at the graduate level of the observed behavior of the atmosphere. Concepts will be developed for studying multiscale atmospheric circulations. References to realtime weather will be incorporated into the classwork, through the application of a range of available observational and forecast datasets (doppler radar, sounding analysis software, the UWM Real-time MM5 modeling system etc.). Specific course topics will be: (1) Extratropical disturbances in relation to the upper waves; (2) Thermal structure of fronts and the corresponding wind field; (3) Principal tropospheric jet streams; (4) Frontogenesis and related circulations; (5) Three-dimensional flow in extratropical disturbances; (6) Development of extratropical cyclones; (7) Weather in relation to disturbances; (8) Organized convection in mid-latitudes.
Synoptic Meteorology I (360; Undergraduate/Graduate)
The purpose of this course is to gain an understanding of the observed behavior of the atmosphere through the application of basic theoretical principles. Concepts will be developed for studying atmospheric circulations, particularly extratropical cyclones and anticyclones. Laboratory work will include the development of diagnostic techniques suitable for a better understanding of the current weather.
Syllabus Fall 2004
Synoptic Meteorology II (361; Undergraduate/Graduate)
The purpose of this course is to gain additional understanding of the observed behavior of the atmosphere (beyond basic QG theory) through the application of more advanced theoretical principles than were treated in 190-360. Concepts will be developed for studying synoptic-scale cyclones and anticyclones, jets/fronts and convective systems. Laboratory work will include the use of these principles in a diagnostic context.
Mesoscale Circulations (460; Undergraduate/Graduate)
The purpose of this course is to study mesoscale circulation systems ranging from mesoscale convective systems (thunderstorms, squall lines etc.), terrain and surface-forced flows to mid-latitude rainbands and tropical storms. The course includes lectures and a lab where the students will apply the concepts to case studies of real mesoscale circulation systems.
Weather Discussion (690; Undergraduate/Graduate)
The purpose of this course is to put into practical context the ideas learned in Synoptic Meteorology I and II. This course will be composed ENTIRELY of real-time weather analysis and forecasting. The class will consist of briefings on the current weather pattern, highlighting features of special interest. Real-time weather forecasts will be made for a series of locations.
Survey of Meteorology (100; Undergraduate GER)
An introduction to meteorology, including the analysis of realtime weather systems.