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Lecture Notes (pdf format)

Lecture 1 The Earth's Atmosphere
Lecture 2 Weather Maps and Satellites
Lecture 3 Pressure and Temperature
Lecture 4 Radiation and Earth's Radiation Balance
Lecture 5 Seasons and Diurnal Cycle
Lecture 6 Water
Lecture 7 Water in the Atmosphere
Lecture 8 Cloud Formation
Lecture 9 Cloud Formation and Fog
Lecture 10 Cloud Forms
Lecture 11 Review
Lecture 12 Stability and Latent Heat
Lecture 13 Types of Stability
Lecture 14 Precipitation
Lecture 15 Forces and Wind
Lecture 16 Local Winds
Lecture 17 Global Winds
Lecture 18 Jet Streams
Lecture 19 El Nino
Lecture 20 Hurricane Structure
Lecture 21 Hurricane FOrecasting
Lecture 22 Review Quiz 2
Lecture 23 Air Masses and Fronts
Lecture 24 Optics I
Lecture 25 Optics II
Lecture 26 The Simple Science of Flight
Lecture 26(2) Mid Lattitude Storm Evolution
Lecture 27 Ocean and Wind Hazards
Lecture 28 Weather Forecasting
Lecture 29 Hawaiian Weather Hazards and Flooding
Lecture 30 Planetary Waves and Winter Storms
Lecture 31 Air Mass Thunderstorms and Lightning
Lecture 32 Lightning
Lecture 33 Review
Lecture 34 Severe Weather and Tornadoes
Lecture 35 Tornados
Lecture 36 Severe Weather
Lecture 37 Air Pollution 1
Lecture 38 Air Polution 2: Acid Rain and Vog
Lecture 39 Climate Change
Lecture 40 Global Warming 1
Lecture 41 Global Warming 2
Lecture 42 The Human Factor
Lecture 43 Combating Global Warming


Homework 1 Due 19 September 2014
Homework 2 due 13 October 2014
Homework 3 Due: 14 Movember 2014
Homework 4 Due: 10 December 2014
--> Observation homework

Sample quizzes (pdf format)

Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4

Photo gallery 1
Photo gallery 2

Access to updated weather and ocean data and imagery is available via the UH Meteorology weather server at

Forecast discussion.

Honolulu National Weather Service.

Central Pacific Hurricane Center.

National Hurricane Center (East Pacific).

Interactive satellite images.

Hawaii surf forecast.

Wave model output.

Hawaii weather time-lapses.

"Learning, however difficult or painful, is superior to ignorance, no matter how comfortable."


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Department of Meteorology

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Tel: (808) 956-2569
Fax:(808) 956-2877

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