Atmospheric Sciences 535
Professor R. A. Houze
Updated: 21 May 2015

Class Calendar
Notes & graphics from class
Cloud Atlas
Skew T Resources


TYPES OF CLOUDS--Cloud morphology

Cloud Dynamics, Chapter 1

Cloud identification

THERMODYNAMICS REVIEW--Buoyancy, Ad. Charts, Stability & Instability,
Brunt-Vaisala Frequency, CAPE, CIN
Cloud Dynamics, Chapter 2:
Sections 2.71 and 2.91

Wallace & Hobbs
, Chapter 3:
Sections 3.71 and 3.72
Vertical Acceleration

Buoyancy Components

Water Weight & Press. Pert.

Pressure & Entropy

 Thermodynamic Chart

Stability Criteria

Sounding Evaluation

Skew-T Problems
MICROPHYSICS--Warm clouds, ice, particle size distributions, bin modeling, bulk modeling,

Cloud Dynamics, Chapter 3

Wallace & Hobbs,
Chapter 6

Cloud Microphysics Problems

Warm cloud water continuity

Cold cloud water continuity

STRATUS CLOUDS--Cloud-topped boundary layer

Cloud Dynamics
Sections 5.1 and 5.2

Radiative Cooling at Cloud Top

Cloud Top Entrainment

CONVECTIVE CLOUDS--Buoyancy, pressure perturbation, entrainment, vorticity

Cloud Dynamics

Chapters 2, 7, 8, and 9:

  • Sections 2.3, 2.4, and 2.6 for vorticity
  • Chapter 7 for the basics
  • Chapter 8 for deep convection
  • Chapter 9 for mesoscale organization
Convective Cloud Vorticity

Downdraft Dynamics

Gust Front