Met 101: Basic Weather Processes

Met 101: Basic Weather Processes
After completing this lesson, you will be able to:
  • Summarize the key aspects of weather vs. climate and climate zones
  • Describe the main global circulations influencing Earth’s weather and climate
  • Describe the basics of parcel theory and atmospheric instability
  • Explain how precipitation forms, including collision/coalescence and the Bergeron-Findeisen process
  • Identify various cloud types based on visual appearance and altitude
  • Describe the occurrence and life cycle of thunderstorms in the tropics and subtropics
  • Identify the hazards associated with thunderstorms
  • List the key weather factors important for aviation meteorology and their role in aviation operations