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Dale R Durran
ATM S 441
Seattle Campus

Atmospheric Motions I

Basic equations governing atmospheric motions and their elementary applications; circulation and vorticity; dynamics of midlatitude disturbances. Prerequisite: either AMATH 353 or MATH 309; MATH 324. Offered: A.

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The purpose of the course is to utilize the principles of fluid dynamics to develop an understanding of why large-scale midlatitude weather systems behave as is observed. For example, why do upper-level winds tend to blow parallel to the isobars? Why do troughs, instead of ridges, tend to bring unsettled weather?

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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.
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Last Update by Dale R Durran
Date: 09/29/2004