METR 104:
Our Dynamic

(Lecture w/Lab)
(An Investigation):
Why Does West Coast Precipitation
Vary from Year to Year?
Dr. Dave Dempsey
Dept. of Geosciences
SFSU, Spring 2012

The Summary Report

(Due Friday, May 18; 15% of course grade)

In Part I, Part II, and Part III of the Final Project (An Investigation): "Why Does West Coast Precipitation Vary from Year to Year?", you investigated some aspects of the variability in precipitation recorded at several West Coast weather stations since the 1950-1951 rainy season, testing the idea that some of the variability might be due to El Niño and La Niña events and their potential influence on the position and strength of the jet stream. Now you need to summarize your investigation and its results.

Summary Report Template. I have prepared a template in the form of a Microsoft Word document that you can use for this purpose. (You can download this document at To simplify preparation of your summary report you can edit the template directly, simply inserting your numerical results and your plots, and replacing the italicized questions posed in the template with a corresponding narrative. (If you can't use the template for some reason, you can create your own summary report from scratch, but it should follow the outline provided by the template. A PDF version of the template is available. A hand-written summary report with accompanying plots is acceptable if it is neat and legible.)

The summary report template includes the following:

You will add the following items to the template:

Turning in the Summary Report. The summary report is due on Friday, May 18. You may turn it in as a Microsoft Word document attached to an email message (send to, or you may turn in a hard copy (typed or neatly handwritten) at Dr. Dempsey's office (Room 610 Thornton Hall). (You can slide it under the door if he's not in.)

Evaluation. Your Summary Report for the Final Project is worth 15% of your course grade. Scoring of the report will be based on the following: