Discussion Topics

What are the essential differences between mesoscale and synoptic scale systems?

Using an appropriate website with synoptic weather maps (see Appendix 4D), trace the movement of frontal and non-frontal lows/troughs and high-pressure cells over a five-day period, determining rates of displacement and changes of intensity of the systems.

In the same manner, examine the relationship of surface lows and highs to features at the 500-mb level.

Consider the geographical distribution and seasonal occurrence of different types of non-frontal low-pressure systems.

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