METO 111 Student Project B
This assignment will help you better understand the cyclogenesis and weather forecasting
lessons, and provide a basis for better understanding of public weather forecasts and
products in the future.
It is worth 2 pts (2% of your final grade).
Regardless of when you do this assignment, it is important to use information from
roughly the same time, as comparing charts and images from different days and vastly
different times of the same day are like comparing apples and oranges. So, when you do
this assignment, set aside an hour or so to do it all at once…so that your surface map,
radar, satellite, and upper air are all from the same day and close to the same time of day!
To start, copy the following link:
The current surface weather chart should pop up. Click on the image beneath the
words “surface data.” When it comes up, save it.
1. What is the date/time of this chart (hint, upper left hand corner, in Greenwich
2. Locate a cold front. What direction are the winds ahead of (east of) the cold
front? How about behind (west of) the cold front?
3. Is there any precipitation shown on the chart? If so, where? Is it along frontal
4. Locate a High and a Low pressure system and in words describe the location.
5. Copy the following link:
which should take you to an infrared satellite image near or at the time of the
surface analysis. As before, click on the image beneath the words “Infrared
Satellite Images.” How do the cloud features compare to the surface features?
6. Now copy this link:
which should take you to the current Doppler Radar mosaic under the words
“radar Data.” Click on the image. How do the radar precipitation features
compare to the surface chart? To the satellite image?
7. Now copy the following link:
which should introduce the upper air menu page, with an image of the current
500-mb chart. Click on the chart below the words “Upper Air Data.” Then, save
it. Locate the upper-air troughs and ridges that correspond to the surface high and
low you analyzed in question 4, and describe how they match up, or where they
are relative to one another (i.e., is the upper trough east of the surface low, etc).
8. Submit via Canvas or email, and send to me the surface chart, the 500-mb chart,
and answers to the questions above.
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