Cohen photo

KSL photo

Horel photo


This Physical and Life Sciences Exploration course examines where, when, and why hazardous weather events (thunderstorms, snowstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes) happen. What causes big snowstorms and avalanches in the Wasatch? Does Utah really have the greatest snow on earth? Why is air quality along the Wasatch Front in the news? You will be immersed in current information about severe weather locally and around the globe.

Section Options
Class No Section Instructor Days Hours Text Req Room
9842 1010-1 Horel T,H 10:45-12:15NoFASB 295
10075 1010-2 Schmidt T 6-8:30PMYesFASB 295
9846 1010-3 Robl M,W 11:50-1:10YesJFB 102

There are a lot of introductory science courses available on campus- why take this one?
This course helps you to learn in the classroom about what is going on outside. What should you do if you're on a sports field or in the high Uinta Mountains and lightning is nearby? We take time during each class to talk about the local, national, and international weather using time lapse photography, graphics of clouds and weather, the best you-tube weather video of the day from storm chasers, as well as weather data that we use for research. We'll also go outside and look at weather conditions when interesting weather is taking place.

We draw on the expertise of the faculty, staff, and graduate students in our department. The Department of Atmospheric Science (formerly Meteorology) is involved in world-class research on clouds, mountain weather, fire weather, hurricanes, and many other subjects.

U of U Atmospheric Sciences website: http://www.atmos.utah.edu