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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About This Course

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...

What 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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Curriculum

Section 1: About this course
05:46

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

05:18

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
00:34

A brief introduction to Section 2: The Earth

06:10

Weather, Climate and the Atmosphere

06:38

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

05:06

Solar and Sidereal days

10:32

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
00:34

A brief introduction to Section 3: Energy and Radiation

09:55

Understanding temperature and the different temperature scales

03:07

Different types of Heat

08:11

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

07:49

How the earth warms

7 questions

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

Section 4: Humidity and Water
00:42

A brief introduction to Section 4: Humidity and Water

03:49

The phases of water, solid, liquid, gas

04:38

Water transitions among phases

02:41

The basic water cycle

11:18

The water vapor in the air

04:32

The base for water droplets in the air

06:07

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
00:46

A brief introduction to Section 5: Clouds and Stability

11:51

Understanding atmospheric stability and unstability

04:59

The forming of clouds

03:51

Cloud classification by type

06:15

Cloud Classification by level

3 questions

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

Section 6: Precipitation
00:37

A brief introduction to Section 6: Precipitation

06:37

how precipitation forms in the clouds

09:53

The different types of precipitation

03:46

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
00:32

A brief introduction to Section 7: Air Movement and Pressure

03:00

Understand the different scales that air movements occur

05:28

High and Low pressure systems

07:59

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
00:17

A brief introduction to Section 8: Global Air Movement

03:03

The Jet Stream, how they form and what they do

07:28

The large scale - global circulation

04:57

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
00:48

A brief introduction to Section 9: Fronts and Air Masses

07:01

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

08:19

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
00:44

A brief introduction to Section 10: Storms and Weather Events

04:26

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

05:40

The types of thunderstorms and how they form

08:29

The life cycle and formation of Super Cells and Tornadoes

07:46

What causes lightning

10:28

The formation of tropical weather and it's impacts

03:48

Floods and the hazards they bring

02:31

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
00:42

A brief introduction to Section 11: Concepts of Forecasting

05:10

A brief introduction to Forecasting

05:51

The basics of a weather map

03:29

Different methods for observing the weather

03:56

More advanced weather symbols

03:13

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
04:51

How rainbows and double rainbows are formed.

Section 13: Conclusion
02:52

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

00:41

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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