Course Components

Textbook - Weather Studies: Introduction to Atmospheric Science

The full-color, 15 chapter Weather Studies: Introduction to Atmospheric Science 6th Edition covers the basic understandings of meteorology. The textbook is currently available in an eBook format and by print on demand. It contains ten Review and ten Critical Thinking Questions per chapter.

At the instructor's option, the Weather Studies textbook may be used as part of the turnkey AMS Weather Studies course package (including the Investigations Manual and RealTime Weather Portal) or by itself.

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Weather Studies Investigations Manual

A set of student learning investigations is coordinated with the text chapters. Each investigation (two per week) contains Introduction and Applications sections. The investigation can be completed using the two sections in the Manual or by using the Introduction section plus Current Weather Studies available on the RealTime Weather Portal. The Manual Applications section and Current Weather Studies are similar in format, topic, and length. Investigations lead the student through analysis and interpretation of real-world weather.

The Investigations Manual is designed to function as a self-contained course for those wishing to have all course material in their hands before the course starts, for those wanting to preload all course material into their institution's e-learning course management system at the beginning of each term and for those whose academic calendars do not match the AMS Weather Studies delivery schedule.

Learning investigations lead the student through the analysis and interpretation of real-world meteorological data. The twice-weekly weather investigations are prepared by Dr. Robert S. Weinbeck (State University of New York - Brockport and AMS Education Program), and Dr. Ira W. Geer (Senior Education Fellow, AMS Education Program). Both have extensive experience teaching introductory meteorology courses and conducting NSF- and NOAA-funded faculty and teacher professional development projects.

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RealTime Weather Portal

The student website delivers Current Weather Studies, Math Skills, current weather maps, visible, infrared and water vapor satellite imagery, composite radar displays, and surface and upper-air data, plus forecast maps for the U.S. and southern Canada. Meteorological data, formatted and delivered via NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) are updated hourly, 24 hours a day, and seven days a week, year-round.

Students receive access to the Portal with the Investigations Manual, while faculty receive access with a license.

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Weather Faculty Resource Materials and Website

Delievered via Dropbox in the summer and available on the faculty website through academic year, the Faculty Resource Material includes answer forms and answer keys. Available both as word documents and pdfs, or in Respondus files that are compatible with campus course management systems. 

Answers keys are also available for the Current Weather Studies at the same time the activities are posted to the RealTime Weather Portal.

More about the faculty resources.