Lab1 - AOS 330 The Skew-T Log-p diagram 1 Objectives Become...

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AOS 330 The Skew-T Log-p diagram 1 Objectives Become familiar with the layout of the most commonly used atmospheric thermodynamic diagram. 2 Materials Needed Skew-T diagram wet-erase pens, rulers 3 Introduction The skew- T diagram is widely used by meteorologists for plotting atmopheric profiles of temperature and humidity. It is remarkably versatile for converting between temperature and moisture variables, for predicting the properties of rising and sinking air parcels, and for assessing atmospheric stability and the threat of thunderstorms and severe weather, among many other tasks. The skew- T diagram looks very complicated but is really rather straightforward, once you get used to looking at it. It has five families of lines on it, each with its own set of meanings and uses. Our first priority in this exercise is that you learn to recognize and use these lines for basic plotting. You will be issued a laminated copy of a skew-T diagram for you to use all semester. You can draw on it with wet-erase pens, turn it in for grading, and then wipe it clean for the next use. Please try not to crease
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