Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

Meteorology 417 - Mesoscale Meteorology Forecasting Laboratory

Got a question?

Got a question or comment? Contact me at (515) 294-2270 or

HPC Surface Plot
Latest surface analysis from Hydrometeorological Prediction Center.

Class Description

This course is designed to hone the forecasting skills developed in previous synoptic labs, and expose students to mesoscale analysis and forecasting. Although the first few classes will explore mesoscale aspects of winter storms, the majority of the co urse will explore convective storms and the forecasting of small-scale severe weather. After completion of this course, students should be able to explain in a physically meaningful and con sistent way both the synoptic-scale and mesoscale features of any weather situation.

Bill Gallus

Meet the Instructor

Bill Gallus
Professor of Meteorology
3025 Agronomy Hall
Phone: (515) 294-2270
Office Hours: W 1-230pm

Class News & Updates

IDV Analysis Bundles

The new IDV bundles can be found by following 'Weather Links' in the left menu bar.

Weather News

Daily Weather Story

Click the image to see the most recent NWS weather story for central Iowa.

Important Dates

January 9: Classes start
January 11: Forecasting contest starts
January 16: MLK Day - University holiday - no class and no forecasting
March 9: Mid-term exam
March 13-17: Spring break
March 30-April 1: NWA Severe Storms Conference in DSM (class encouraged to attend)
April 10: Possible special lecture 2-3 pm to allow lab on April 11 (no class Apr 13) April 19-20: Instructor gone, TA will oversee weather briefings and proctor the lab
April 24-27 Instructor gone, TA will lead review on Tuesday (and oversee briefings if needed) Tentative Final Exam Date: Monday, May 1, 2:15-4:15pm