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Guidelines for Term Paper You have a term paper due by noon, Friday, December 13.

The paper will be on some specific severe weather event and will account for 15% of the class grade. The objective of the paper is to demonstrate some in-depth knowledge of some category of severe weather (e.g., heat waves, tornadoes, severe lake effect storm, etc.). To do this you should select a historic event, discuss the general background for that type of event (what it does and how it is formed and evolves), and then explain the specifics of that particular event. You will need to refer to images (radar and satellite) and maps (upper air and surface) as appropriate to your particular event. It is therefore a good idea to study some relatively recent event. A document listing a number of useful web sites is available in the Documents section of Blackboard. The paper should be double spaced 10-12 pages (2500 -3000 words) in length and include a list of references (Wikipedia references should be kept to a minimum – you can search the archives of newspapers and news magazines for a general overview of events). It should also contain maps and images, sized large enough to be clearly discernable. Students are expected to demonstrate a knowledge of basic concepts discussed in class that are relevant to the particular topic. So you may need to use terms like diffluence, latent heat, supercooled water, etc. You do not need to define these terms; if you apply them appropriately it will become evident that you know what they mean. Here is one hypothetical template of how a paper might be organized, using a fictitious large hail event in Kansas as an example: I. Introduction a. The Kansas hail storm of 2008 i. When it occurred ii. What it did iii. Economic and human impacts b. Hail storms in general i. Economic and human impacts ii. Typical formation iii. Typical size, frequency, location, direction and speed of movement The Kansas hailstorm (including radar, satellite imagery and weather maps) a. Setting prior to formation i. Upper level and surface weather patterns prior to onset ii. Presence of fronts, areas of divergence, etc.


g. Development i. How was this event typical or anomalous? b.b.. MCS. Setting (e. If you have questions -. supercell) iii. How did human responses reduce or increase the consequences of the event? The paper can be submitted in digital or hard copy form. . Dissipation III. Factors that led to this event becoming noteworthy c. Upper level and surface patterns ii. Conclusion a.ask.