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Lecture Notes (pdf format)

Lecture 1 The Earth's Atmosphere
Lecture 2 Temperature and Heat
Lecture 3 Radiation and Heat Balance
Lecture 4 Seasonal Change
Lecture 5 Diurnal Cycle
Lecture 6 Water in the Atmosphere
Lecture 7 Clouds
Lecture 8 Stability
Lecture 9 Precipitation
Lecture 10 Precipitation Types
Lecture 11 The Atmosphere in Motion: Forces and Wind
Lecture 12 Local Winds
Lecture 13 General Circulation of the Atmosphere and Ocean
Lecture 14 El Nino and Atmospheric Teleconnection
Lecture 15 Climate Field Trip Across the Pacific
Lecture 16 Atmospheric Optics
Lecture 17 Hurricane Structure
Lecture 18 Hurricanes in Hawaii
Lecture 19 Air Masses and Fronts
Lecture 20 Midlattitude Weather Hazards
Lecture 21 Polar Lows and Review
Lecture 22 Hawaii Weather Hazards and Forecasting
Lecture 23 Hawaii Floods and High Surf
Lecture 24 Air Mass Thunderstorms and Lightning
Lecture 25 Severe Weather and Tornadoes
Lecture 26 Air Pollution
Lecture 27 Climate Change
Lecture 28 Global Warming
Lecture 29 Climate Modeling
Lecture 30 Review


Homework 3 Due: Thursday, November 3rd
Homework 4 Due: Tuesday, December 6th
--> Observation homework


Sample quizzes (pdf format)

Quiz 1
Quiz 2
Quiz 3
Quiz 4

Photo gallery 1
Photo gallery 2

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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.

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