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!
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 2: The Earth
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 3: Energy and Warming
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 4: Humidity and Condensation
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 5: Clouds and Stability
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
a quiz on what we have learned in Section 6: Precipitation
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 7: Air Movement and Pressure
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
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 8: Global Air Movement
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.
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 9: Fronts and Air Masses
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.
A quiz on what we have learned in Section 10: Storms and Weather Events
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.