Weather Tutorials

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LINKS TO POSTINGS IN MY WEB-LOG

WITH POSSIBLE  TUTORIAL VALUE TO THOSE

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT

WEATHER AND CLIMATE

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If you want to go directly to my web-log, here is a link:

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/

Most of the time when I write posts I’m thinking of readers who have little if any background in the sciences but are none-the-less interested, just as was the case with many of my favorite students.  I write for those who are not content to know that “it is happening” but also want to know “why” it is happening.  Most of my former college students had a very limited background in mathematics and physics.  They were often surprised that they could learn quite a lot of science without having to get heavy into equations and that my analogies could help them obtain a degree of understanding of some of the principles and concepts which they might have thought were out of their reach.

I expect that this tutorial page will contain a hodgepodge of items but I’m hoping that they prove valuable for those who wish to learn more – particularly about the weather. Most of my weather-related web-log posts are time sensitive and are therefore dated but I’ve included them anyway because they are of a tutorial nature.  If the current weather is your focus, please be mindful of this and check the dates of the postings so that you won’t get misled.

My weblog entries are “heavy” in meteorology but I expect that in time I will be posting more that pertains to physical oceanography and geology and upon occasion I may “use” this medium to discuss subjects unrelated to the earth sciences.

T A B L E   O F   C O N T E N T S


WHY DOES IT FEEL SO HUMID?

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/08/25/why-does-it-feel-so-humid/

The relationship between air temperature and relative humidity –

 

GFDL MODEL – A GREAT SOURCE FOR AN ANIMATION

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/gfdl-model-a-great-source-for-an-animation/

How to find the gfdl model –

 

RIP CURRENT ALERT

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/02/rip-current-alert/

Helpful information about rip currents

 

TOO MUCH TOGETHERNESS IN A HURRICANE

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/06/too-much-togetherness-in-a-hurricane/

A true story about hunkering down for a hurricane –

 

GULF OF MEXICO SURFACE TEMPERATURES AND POSSIBLE UPWELLING

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/07/gulf-of-mexico-surface-temperatures-and-possible-upwelling/

Some lessons in oceanography –

 

HURRICANE CIRCULATION LESSON 1

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/09/hurricane-circulation-lesson-1/

A fundamental lesson on hurricane circulation – including Coriolis –

 

WINDOW PROTECTION FOR HURRICANES IS ESSENTIAL

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/08/window-protection-for-hurricanes-is-essential/

Some views and stories about window and door protection in hurricanes –

 

THE EFFECT OF HURRICANE WINDS UPON A HOUSE

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/10/the-effect-of-hurricane-winds-upon-a-house/

A sobering discussion –

 

THE FORCE OF WIND – A GREAT SURPRISE TO MOST PEOPLE

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/the-force-of-wind-a-great-surprise-for-most-people/

Addresses more than just storm winds – for example, sailing is discussed –

 

HURRICANE FOCUS ON CENTRAL FLORIDA

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/13/hurricane-focus-on-central-florida/

Plots some hurricane history for Ocala, Florida and locations nearby –

 

HURRICANE MISCONCEPTIONS – A LIST OF 23

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/09/23/952/

A “should read” for all in hurricane country –

 

THE CORIOLIS EFFECT IN THE REAL WORLD – A TUTORIAL PART 1

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/10/02/the-coriolis-effect-in-the-real-world-a-tutorial-part-1/

First of a two-part discussion of the Coriolis Effect –

 

THE CORIOLIS EFFECT IN THE REAL WORLD – A TUTORIAL PART 2 – CYCLONES AND ANTICYCLONES

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/10/07/the-coriolis-effect-in-the-real-world-a-tutorial-part-2-cyclones-anticyclones/

Second of a two-part discussion of the Coriolis Effect – addresses a non-tropical cyclone as well as a tropical cyclone –

 

ALTOCUMULUS LENTICULARIS

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/altocumulus-lenticularis/

Arguably, one of the most beautiful cloud types near Mt. Mitchell, N.C. –

 

CLEAR INDICATIONS OF ROTATION WITH SYSTEM 93L – Nov. 2008

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/11/05/clear-indications-of-rotation-with-system-93l/

“Reading” ocean surface circulation to confirm rotation in a storm –

 

OH BEAUTIFUL FOR SPACIOUS SKIES

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/11/10/oh-beautiful-for-spacious-skies-goes-12-image/

A great example of some of the full disk earth views that are available on line –

 

LINK TO PROGOSTIC LOOP FOR NORTH AMERICA

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/11/16/link-to-prognostic-loop-for-north-america/

A wonderful tool for those interested in North American weather system movement –

 

A HINT OF ADIABATICS – IT’S A GAS!

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2008/11/21/1364/

A great image showing adiabatic expansion along with a fundamental discussion –

 

GLOBAL CIRCULATION ON NEW YEAR’S DAY

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/01/01/global-circulation-on-new-years-day/

The notes on planetary scale circulation might be useful to the learner –

 

FLORIDA’S HARD FREEZE – WHAT IS HAPPENING?

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/01/21/floridas-hard-freeze-what-is-happening/

Image shows nicely a relatively cloud-free S.E. United States with many clouds over the Gulf and Atlantic – differential temperatures being the key –

 

ICING AS PART OF THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE – SOME BASICS

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/icing-as-part-of-the-hydrologic-cycle-some-basics/

Discussion and illustrations focusing upon icing – a good review of some important aspects of the hydrologic cycle and phase changes –

 

THE HURRICANE SEASON OF 2009 HAS BEGUN

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/05/31/the-hurricane-season-of-2009-has-begun/

Among other things, an appeal to “inlanders” to seriously prepare for hurricanes –

 

FLORIDA’S RAINY SEASON – 2009

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/floridas-rainy-season-2009/

One of the most frequent questions I get is, “When (or what) is Florida’s rainy season” –

 

WHY IS FLORIDA SO HUMID

https://cloudman23.wordpress.com/2009/07/04/why-is-florida-so-humid/

The weather question that I get more often than any other –

 

END OF LISTING OF LINKS

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE LAST LINK IS WHERE I WILL ADD MORE TO THE LIST (AS THEY ARE POSTED IN MY WEB-LOG) IF I FEEL THEY HAVE TUTORIAL APPLICATIONS.

 

A VERY FINE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GRAPHIC OF MOST OF THE HYDROLOGIC CYCLE’S TRADITIONAL COMPONENTS IS BELOW:

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