As living organisms, we inhabit a thin region between the earth's rocky crust and the vastness of space. These few kilometers of atmosphere provide students an opportunity to examine the energy, forces and elements that create the changing patterns we call weather. This course uses analog and digital instruments, satellite images from Stuyvesant's own satellite downlink and nearly real-time data analysis on the Internet to explain and identify these changing patterns. Students are expected to master fundamental principles of meteorology, draw and interpret weather maps and reasonably predict future weather from available maps and data. Also required is an in-depth examination of one meteorology topic of the student's choosing, and some project paper or presentation that displays independent effort and academic achievement. This course is open to juniors and seniors.