Weather and Climate

Weather and Climate

Course Number: ERT X406

3 units

Weather information that not very long ago was found only in professional forecast offices is now widely available online. The challenge for the non-professional is to find the data and make sense of it. This course takes you through the first steps of understanding atmospheric processes and the science of weather forecasting. Topics include air pressure, clouds, precipitation, thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical weather systems, the atmosphere's planetary circulation, weather radar, weather analysis and forecasting. In-class exercises examine interesting weather events as they develop. The course includes a study program, "Online Weather Studies," developed by the American Meteorological Society Education Program, that utilizes real-time weather data to support the learning experience.

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