Choosing the Right Meteorology School

Meteorology School

I receive a lot of emails from prospective students asking for advice on picking a meteorology school and/or program.  I have compiled some information that people can use for a starting point in their search for a school or program that best suits their wants and needs. Most of us almost never graduate with the exact goals in mind that we had when we started.  And, within meteorology, there are many different possibilities for possible employment across many related fields.  If “storm chasing” is the goal that a person has in mind when starting a meteorology program, then perhaps they should rethink their goals – there are not any “full time” jobs within storm chasing.  And, the jobs that do exist are related to research which generally requires a Ph.D. Career Paths for Meteorology Undergrads U.S. Government Employment – National Weather Service, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Armed Services. Broadcasting – These jobs are extremely hard …Read more »

The Basics of Skew-T/Log-P Diagrams

Skew-T Diagram

One of the most important tools that convective forecasters have is the Skew-T/Log-P Diagram.  It is a thermodynamic chart that allows forecasters to view real information about the state of the atmosphere from the surface level all the way to 100 millibars. The Skew-T diagram contains all the information needed to understand the atmosphere at a particular point. From these data, forecasters can determine wind speed and direction, temperature and dewpoint throughout all atmospheric layers and more. Let’s look at the basic elements that make up the Skew-T/Log-P Diagram.  The name itself is self-explanatory in that “T” represents “Temperature” and “P” represents “Pressure”. The skewed lines on a Skew-T Diagram give the diagram its name. These lines, called Isotherms, represent temperature. Lines of pressure increase horizontally from 1000 millibar (mb) at the surface to 100 mb at the top of the troposphere. ISOBARS – These are lines of equal pressure.  On a Skew-T/Log-P Diagram they run horizontally …Read more »