The Power of Visualization for Understanding Synoptic-Scale Weather Systems
I quickly realized the great potential of VIS-5D in work on occluded cyclones that began shortly after I arrived in Madison. This work prompted me to utterly transform the way I bring fluid dynamical concepts into the classroom and my research. Many concepts in synoptic-dynamic meteorology are ripe for examination with visualization software and in the talk I will demonstrate several of these including the nature of the occlusion process, the trowal airstream, the treble-clef PV signature, and the effect of latent heat release on the development of the occluded thermal structure. These concepts, and the visualization methodology used to convey them, have become staples in my instructional work at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate level.