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Christopher S. Bretherton
ATM S 101
Seattle Campus


The earth's atmosphere, with emphasis on weather observations and forecasting. Daily weather map discussions. Highs, lows, fronts, clouds, storms, jet streams, air pollution, and other features of the atmosphere. Physical processes involved in weather phenomena. Intended for nonmajors. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

A broad physical understanding of atmospheric phenomena related to weather and climate, how they are measured, weather forecasting, and weather information on the internet.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures with 2xweekly weather discussions, quiz sections with demos, worksheets, short weekly quizzes

Recommended preparation

High school physics, logical reasoning skills, curiosity about atmospheric phenomena and weather

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homeworks

20% homeworks, 40% midterms, 25% final, 10% quiz sections, 5% forecast contest. For details see

The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Christopher S. Bretherton
Date: 09/29/2004