course provides an introduction to atmospheric phenomena and weather. It is designed to provide comprehensive knowledge of the earth's atmosphere and its changing behavior as it relates to human activities and how it influences our daily lives. This course provides a first look at various aspects of meteorology including solar radiation, global circulation, environmental issues, winds, cloud formation, stability, precipitation processes, weather systems, and severe weather. The course will also cover meteorological terminology, large‐scale climate processes such as El Niño, and will discuss techniques of weather forecasting. Basic physical principles and processes are emphasized that are important for understanding the world and have broad implications for students interested in weather and global environmental change and other environmental disciplines. We’ll also learn about Hawaii weather as it applies to different topics throughout the course.