Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Thermal Wind

Topics in Dynamic Meteorology: Thermal Wind
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    • Publish Date: 2012-03-20
    • Last Updated On: 2016-06-17
    • Skill Level: 1
    • Completion Time: 1.25 - 1.50 h
    • Includes Audio: yes
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Outcome Objectives
After completing the module, the learner will be able to do the following:
  • Describe the relationships between mass, temperature, and motion in the atmosphere.
Enabling Objectives
After completing the module, the learner will be able to do the following:
  • Describe hydrostatic pressure and hydrostatic balance
  • Describe the relationship between the temperature field and heights (or pressure) aloft
  • List the major attributes of the Coriolis force
  • Describe geostrophic balance
  • Given the temperature field, describe the height and wind fields
  • Given the winds at a given pressure level, describe the height field
  • Describe the relationship between the thermal wind and geostrophic wind
  • Given the thermal wind for a layer, describe the thickness and mean temperature for that layer
  • Given the thickness, describe the mean temperature and thermal wind fields
  • Given the geostrophic wind at 2 levels, determine whether warm or cold air advection is occurring in the layer between those levels