BYU Independent Study - Online Courses

Severe and Hazardous Weather



$ 579.00

Instructor: Bryan G Peterson PhD
Credits: 3.00

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PHY S 100 (Physical Science Fundamentals) or equivalent.


Nonmathematical introduction to meteorology. Atmospheric structure and dynamic behavior, focusing on short-term violent weather and longer-term hazards: drought, floods, heat waves, cold waves, and climate change, including human environmental impact.

Course Content:

1. The Composition and Structure of the Terrestrial Atmosphere
2. Achieving an Ideal Temperature on Earth
3. The Heating Imbalance on Earth
4. Geographic Factors Controlling the Temperature
5. Water in the Atmosphere and Its Measurement
6. Atmospheric Stability
7. The Formation of Clouds and Fog
8. Precipitation and Its Formation
9. Air Pressure and the Wind
10. Forces That Cause Winds
11. Circulation of the Atmosphere
12. Global Belts and the Polar Jet Stream
13. Midcourse Exam Review: What Have I Done?
14. Air Masses
15. The Nature of Fronts
16. Cyclogenesis
17. Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
18. The Hurricane
19. Weather Analysis and Forecasting
20. Air Pollution
21. The Changing Climate
22. Optical Phenomena of the Atmosphere

Online Courses:

Course materials are accessed online, and all assignments must be submitted online. Optional course readings may be available but do not include the self-check assignments or graded assignments.


Partially satisfies the Brigham Young University core Physical Sciences requirement.