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1 Lapse Rates and Flow Over a Mountain While vacationing near a mountain you see some clouds that begin part way up the mountain. At sea level where you stand, the temperature is 21 o C with a dew point of 2 o C. The peak of the mountain is 6km above sea level. a)At what elevation are the bottom of the clouds you are seeing? Show all work and explain why you picked your chosen lapse rate for the calculation. (2) b)If you hiked up the mountain, what would be the temperature at the peak of the mountain, assuming that the air at that altitude rose from sea level? Show all work and explain why you picked your chosen lapse rate for the calculation. (1) c)Your friend fell down the other side of the mountain and eventually came to rest at the bottom (sea-level). What is the temperature where he is laying, assuming the air descended from 6km and was unsaturated as it descended? Show all work and explain why you picked your chosen lapse rate for the calculation. (1) d)Draw a diagram of the mountain including the cloud layer, temperature at the peak of the mountain, the temperature at the bottom of the mountain on the windward side, the temperature at the bottom on the leeward side, and all lapse rates used for each layer. Assume the wind is blowing left-to-right (“windward” will be the left side, “leeward” the right). (2)

2 Stability For a class field trip, we traveled to the middle of tornado alley and launched a weather balloon. At 1km above us, the temperature was 18 o C and 3km above us, the temperature was 4 o C. The air at 1km is saturated, while at 3km it is very dry. a)Calculate the lapse rate of the 1-3km layer. What is the stability of this layer? (2) b)Assume the air at 1km rises to 3km and the air at 3km rises to 5 km. What are the temperatures at the bottom and top of the 3-5km layer? (1) c)Calculate the lapse rate of this 3-5km layer. What is the stability of this layer? (2)

3 Isotherm (a few selected) Isobar (a few selected)

4 Questions for Cyclone Map Draw arrows indicating the wind direction around the low- pressure at the black circles. Assume moderate friction. (4) Place a bold X in a region that is experiencing cold air advection and a bold Y in a region that is experiencing warm air advection. Why did you choose these areas? (2) Label each front as “Warm” or “Cold.” How did you decide which is which? (2) If the system were to follow the black arrow, shade a region where we would expect a swath of snowfall (given that it is winter in the NH). (2)

5 mb Heights

6 1.Draw height contours in 60 meter intervals. Remember to label each contour and start at 5400m. (5) 2.Mark the axis of a trough with a heavy, dashed line. (1) 3. On which side of the trough is upper-level convergence likely? (1) 4.On which side of the trough is upper-level divergence likely? (1) 5.Draw a large “H” on the map where anticyclo- genesis is likely to occur at the surface. (1) 6.Draw a large “L” on the map where cyclogenesis is likely to occur at the surface. (1) Questions for 500 mb Map

7 Eyewall from Hell In this not-drawn-to-scale scenario, a hurricane eye wall (large circle) contains two weak tornados in it (medium circles). Each of these tornados contains two suction vortices (smallest circles). The wind speed is 100 mph around the hurricane, 80 mph around each tornado, and 120 mph around each suction vortex. Also, the entire system is moving north at 20 mph. ABCDEFG a)At each point, calculate the wind speed relative to the ground. (½ ea) b)At each point, calculate the wind speed relative to the hurricane. (½ ea) HI


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