The Weather Around You, Understanding How the Weather Works

Understand what processes are occurring in the weather without the complicated math or science behind it.
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Ever wonder why afternoon thunderstorms form in the summer, or how hail forms? Maybe you have another question about weather but do not want to learn all of the complicated mathematics and science that are included in a detailed meteorology class? In this course, The Weather Around You, I will teach you what you want to know about basic weather phenomenon, from how small air eddies form, to how the earth's tilt and orbit impact our weather.

We will work our way into many different concepts necessary for understanding the weather. As we move through the course together, we will discuss air pressure, energy and how it actually warms us up, water's role, clouds, precipitation, storm formation and so much more. Toward the end of the course we will also discuss how different weather events are formed, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes and lightning.

Each lecture will cover a specific idea or concept about the weather, without lingering too long on any one subject. lectures are generally 5 - 10 minutes in length and have a brief review at the end. After each section you will be given the opportunity to see how much you have learned by taking a short quiz pertaining to the information we have covered! When you finish this course you will have a great understanding of what the weather is doing around you, as well as know what the weather forecasters actually mean when you hear them use weather related terms!

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Math - Add, Subtract, Multiply and Divide
  • Basic Geography - Hemispheres, Equator, Latitudes (helps but not required)
  • Basic Geometry - You have a basic understanding of Angles and Diameter (helps but not required)

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the basics of the weather
  • Know why we have seasons
  • Understand the Coriolis effect, it's impact on the atmosphere and weather
  • Recognize 3 of the major temperature scales (Celsius, Fahrenheit & Kelvin)
  • Comprehend how the sun heats the earth
  • Water phases and water cycle
  • Grasp the concept of relative humidity
  • How water droplets form from the smallest up to raindrops and beyond
  • Easily understand what is meant by the different types of air stability (stable, unstable, neutral and conditionally unstable)
  • Identify different types of clouds, what they are made of and how they form
  • Identify different types of precipitation and how they form (rain, snow, sleet, freezing rain, hail)
  • Understand the differences between high and low pressure and how they form
  • Know what isobars are and how they are related to air pressure and wind
  • Identify some basic wind related events
  • Understand basic global air circulation and jet streams
  • Know what the different air masses and fronts are, as well as how they are identified
  • Grasp how weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, flash floods, lightning, etc... are formed
  • Read a wind barb
  • Understand many different weather symbols as well as understand the basic symbols on a weather station reading
  • Much more...

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to know how the weather works without the complicated mathematics
  • This weather course is intended to provide basic knowledge about common weather concepts.
  • NOT an advanced meteorology course

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Section 1: About this course

What to expect from this course, what we will cover and basic prerequisites.


What I expect of you. Best learning practices.

3 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 1: About this Course

Section 2: The Earth

A brief introduction to Section 2: The Earth


Weather, Climate and the Atmosphere


How the Earth's tilt and orbit around the sun impact the weather and seasons!


Solar and Sidereal days


What the coriolis effct is and how it works

7 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 2: The Earth

Section 3: Energy

A brief introduction to Section 3: Energy and Radiation


Understanding temperature and the different temperature scales


Different types of Heat


How energy moves, convection, conduction, etc...


How the earth warms

7 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 3: Energy and Warming

Section 4: Humidity and Water

A brief introduction to Section 4: Humidity and Water


The phases of water, solid, liquid, gas


Water transitions among phases


The basic water cycle


The water vapor in the air


The base for water droplets in the air


How they form and what they are made of

5 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 4: Humidity and Condensation

Section 5: Clouds and Stability

A brief introduction to Section 5: Clouds and Stability


Understanding atmospheric stability and unstability


The forming of clouds


Cloud classification by type


Cloud Classification by level

3 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 5: Clouds and Stability

Section 6: Precipitation

A brief introduction to Section 6: Precipitation


how precipitation forms in the clouds


The different types of precipitation


How to measure precipitation such as rain and snow

7 questions

a quiz on what we have learned in Section 6: Precipitation

Section 7: Air Pressure

A brief introduction to Section 7: Air Movement and Pressure


Understand the different scales that air movements occur


High and Low pressure systems


The wind and wind related events

7 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 7: Air Movement and Pressure

Section 8: Air Movement around the Globe

A brief introduction to Section 8: Global Air Movement


The Jet Stream, how they form and what they do


The large scale - global circulation


How the ocean can impact the weather

6 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 8: Global Air Movement

Section 9: Fronts and Air Masses

A brief introduction to Section 9: Fronts and Air Masses


Common large scale air masses, what they are, where they form and how they are asscoiated with weather.


The many types of fronts in weather

7 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 9: Fronts and Air Masses

Section 10: Thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes and other weather events

A brief introduction to Section 10: Storms and Weather Events


What do the weather advisories that you see mean? Severe thunderstorm WATCH, Tornado WARNING... This lesson explains the meaning of different weather advisories.


The types of thunderstorms and how they form


The life cycle and formation of Super Cells and Tornadoes


What causes lightning


The formation of tropical weather and it's impacts


Floods and the hazards they bring


What is a Nor'Easter? We will learn about this predominately US winter weather feature.

12 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 10: Storms and Weather Events

Section 11: Concepts of Forecasting

A brief introduction to Section 11: Concepts of Forecasting


A brief introduction to Forecasting


The basics of a weather map


Different methods for observing the weather


More advanced weather symbols


We will look at a weather station observation and decode it

7 questions

A quiz on what we have learned in Section 11: Forecasting

Section 12: Other Phenomenon

How rainbows and double rainbows are formed.

Section 13: Conclusion

A quick review of what we have learned over this course.


Thank You!

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Instructor Biography

Patrick Frank, Technology Professional & Weather Enthusiast

Patrick is an I.T. professional that has been in the field for over 15 years. Growing up during the dawn of the computer age, he quickly took hold of all things technology. Patrick is a Comptia A+ and Network + certified professional that focuses on computer hardware, networking, computer security as well as helping others break the fear of technology.

Patrick attended technical school and college in Florida while also maintaining his own personal computer maintenance and repair shop. Eventually obtaining technical positions working with cities and corporate environments.

Aside from technology, Patrick also studies weather and frequently observes weather anomalies, especially during the spring storm season. He is also a trained weather spotter.

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