Weather affects our lives almost every day through what we wear, what we eat and what we do. But why is it rainy, windy or sometimes even sunny? Explore some of the physical processes driving UK weather systems and get hands on in the world of weather with practical activities and fieldwork. Try your hand at forecasting and have a go at interpreting weather maps and compare your results to our educator Dr Sylvia Knight’s. You’ll also watch our educators carrying out simple but effective experiments including creating clouds or simulating hot air rising and demonstrating the Coriolis effect.
You don’t need any existing knowledge of meteorology, just an interest in learning about the weather. This might appeal to you if you’re a member of theWeather Club or signed up to Weather Watchers. There should be something for everyone – whether you are coming to the course with a fair amount of previous knowledge, or none at all. If this is the first time you’ve taken a meteorology course you may find some of the content challenging, but don’t worry there will be plenty of help available.
It also might appeal to you if you’re a geography teacher. For example, the amount of time devoted to weather within the English National Curriculum and GCSE and A level specifications has hugely increased; this course will help improve your confidence to teach the topics and may also be directly relevant to your students, some of whom may consider a career in meteorology.
Course image used with permission of NEODAAS/University of Dundee.
Carolcompleted this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
An interesting and informative course. It teaches the basics of reading a synoptic chart, provided a few interesting experiments, and looked at the myriad of agents influencing weather, climate and weather prediction. Overall the course was very good and teaching was excellent. My only reservation was the initial focus upon English weather and climate, (the mid-latitudes) which is understandable considering an English university meteorological department was teaching the course. I found more interest in the third and final week where focus shifted to worldwide weather patterns and included arctic and tropical climates. As my climate is tropical I found this more relevant and meaningful to me personally. The course did give me greater understanding and skills for statistical analysis of data from my personal weather station - one of the reasons for which I took this course.