This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others.
Wondering whether the weather will be wild or mild? Questioning cloud cover? Feeling the pressure? Or perhaps you are interested in a fabulous career in meteorology…if so, this course is for you! We will learn how people predict the weather with simple tools and advanced equipment. Join us for a whirlwind of atmospheric adventure!
Students will study all aspects of weather prediction, including basic weather maps, temperature, pressure, humidity, visibility, wind speed, and more. Students should have access to weather forecasts on radio or TV, online, or in a newspaper. Some simple weather contraptions may be built for demonstration labs.
Week 1: Introduction to meteorology
Week 2: The anatomy of air
Week 3: Air has weight/isobars
Week 4: Weather patterns
Week 5: Fronts and masses
Week 6: Warm fronts/Cold fronts
Week 7: Line Squalls and weather maps
Week 8: Wind
Week 9: Clouds
Week 10: Stormy weather
Week 11: Other atmospheric changes
Week 12: Climate
Course materials: Eric Sloane’s Weather Book ISBN: 9781684115785
Homework: Each week after class, students will take notes on a local weather forecast, and compare the actual weather later in the week, and be prepared to discuss in class (on mic or in chat). Light weekly reading in the text. Weekly quiz graded automatically for immediate feedback. Expect to spend between 1 and 1 ½ hours on homework per week.
Class dates: Wednesdays, January 17 to April 24, 2024 (No class Feb. 7, Feb. 14, or March 27)
Starting time: 10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)
Duration per class: 45 minutes