Extreme Weather 101

Preparing for the Impacts of Extreme Weather & Climate Change
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.7 out of 5 (644 ratings)
8,312 students
26min of on-demand video
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By the end of this course, you will understand the relationship between climate change and extreme weather.
You will be able to describe historical weather trends and projections for the future.
You will have access to tips and tools to help you prepare for extreme weather events that may occur where you live.


  • All you need is an interest in weather and climate!


Hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding…extreme weather can happen at any time, anywhere and it affects all of us. In 2014, the United States experienced eight weather and climate disasters with losses exceeding one billion dollars each, including drought in the West, five severe storm events, flooding in Michigan and the Northeast, and a winter storm that affected the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast.

In this course, you will learn "the basics" about extreme weather and climate change. Through videos, quizzes and toolkits with tips and links to trusted resources, you will learn more about:

  • how scientists know the climate is changing and how climate change impacts extreme weather;
  • national and regional extreme weather trends in the United States over various time scales;
  • projected changes in extreme weather in the United States;
  • the health and environmental impacts of extreme weather and climate change;
  • how to prepare yourself and your family for the impacts of extreme weather and climate change.

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for anyone interested in learning "the basics" about extreme weather, climate change and preparedness.


National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
  • 4.7 Instructor Rating
  • 994 Reviews
  • 11,442 Students
  • 2 Courses

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. This is achieved by providing knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve environmental problems. Our vision is that “By 2022, 300 million Americans will actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people."

NEEF partners with non-profit organizations, businesses, schools and federal agencies that are trusted by the U.S. public and can—through joint ventures with NEEF—credibly convey environmental knowledge to live by. NEEF's programs focus on the four key areas that are priorities for the American public—Weather and Climate, Health, Public Lands, Education.

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