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instructions: answer all the questions below. the total amount of points for the assignment is 100, distributed as listed with each question. submit the responses as a single pdf or microsoft word document attached to this exercise. my location for this paper is louisville, ky

1 (35 points).  over a period of one full week, do the following for each day:
a.  copy the surface plot for your region (link provided) and paste the image into your answer.
b.  from the regional surface plot, identify the station closest to your location.  from the station plot, extract the temperature, wind speed, wind direction, pressure, cloud conditions, barometric pressure, and any special weather situation.  a link to an explanation of the symbols on the surface plot is available below.  if you have clouds present on that day, take a photograph of the clouds and include the image and list the cloud type(s) you observe.
c.  copy the day’s surface analysis plot (link provided below) and paste the image into your answer.
d.  produce a forecast for your area based on the surface analysis plots.  do not copy information from a weather site.  provide justification for your forecast based on the concepts in the textbook, particularly air masses, fronts, cyclogenesis, and expected storm tracks.  it is recommended that you watch a weather forecast carefully to become familiar with the type of information found in a forecast.
e.  after the first day, critically evaluate your forecast from the previous day.  discuss which portions of the forecast were accurately predicted or not.  what happened to change the situation from what you expected?

2 (10 points). at the end of the above period, visit the usgs real-time water data site and find the nearest stream gage location.  what is the current situation at that location?  copy the image of the 7-day stream height plot, and explain the plot by referencing the weather over the past week.

3 (15 points).  for each of the climograms you used for the part i assignment (question 5), determine the climate type.  do not use a map, rather apply the definitions of the climate types as given in the textbook (chapter 10 and appendix b).  describe the logic you used.

4 (15 points).  find out from your public works department where exactly your water comes from, how it is processed, how your wastewater is treated, and where the treated wastewater goes.  write a narrative describing the above.

5 (25 points).  find your noaa climate division from the link below.  go to the climate division data plotter (link provided below) and plot temperature in your division over the entire period of record.  turn on the regression box - this will add a statistical trend line to your plot.  copy the plot into your answer file.  when was the temperature hottest and coldest?  is there a trend over the entire period?  has the trend changed in the past 2-3 decades?  compare your graph to the national graph (this can be obtained from the noaa site by selecting “national” as the state).  what differences and similarities exist? <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />




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