Meteo 481: Class Information




The first day of classes at Penn State is September 2, 2003.




Weather Comm I is divided up into 6 different sections.  Each one is taught by a different instructor or instructors, therefore the make up of each section changes.  Below are the dates of each section, the instructor or instructors of the section, and a link to the syllabus to that particular section.  Even below that is a quick overview on the grading scheme for the class.

September 2-October 2

Forecasting (Fred Gadomski and Todd Miner)

Broadcasting (Fred Gadomski and Marisa Ferger)

October 7-November 4

Science Writing & Teaching (Lee Grenci and Jeff Warner)

November 6-December 11 Industrial Meteorology (Bill Syrett)

Climatology and Forensics (Paul Knight)


Grading Information


There are four separate units for grading this semester; they include 'Forecasting & Broadcasting', 'Science Writing & Teaching', 'Industrial' and 'Climatology/Forensics'.  Examine each units syllabus for details on how that module will be graded.


Additional grading that will span all units includes the requirement that you join the National Collegiate Forecasting Contest and actively participate. As an incentive, should you be first in your division at the period in late November, then your overall grade will be boosted by a half-letter or more.


Also, each Tuesday, you are required to pick up the New York Times with its Science Times enclosure. You are expected to review the articles in the first half of this section (non-medicine stories). On each Thursday, several of you will be called on to express your understanding of the relevant stories. (This will be graded as Pass/Fail)


Attendance and Punctuality is absolutely necessary and this will be accounted for with a sign-up sheet in every class.


At mid-semester (fall break), you will each receive (by e-mail) a cloud picture indicating an assessment of how you are doing so far in the course. Most of you will get an 'altocumulus' signifying satisfactory work. A few will receive 'cirrus' which means very good work and perhaps a couple may get 'stratus' indicating sub-standard work. Should you receive a 'stratus', you should see the course coordinator as soon as possible to determine the appropriate mid-semester adjustments.


The course's final grade does not consist of a simple 1/4 of each gradeable unit, but rather is a consensus of all of the WCG instructors and your result on the class final examination..