Introduction to Meteorology

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    • Languages: English
    • Completion Time: Varies
    • Topics:
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Description

This course provides an overview and introduction to many important topics to meteorology with a progression as foundational topics are presented. The course starts off with these foundational topics such as Earth's atmosphere and composition, the energy balance, and seasons before addressing moisture concepts such as humidity, stability, clouds, and precipitation and precipitation processes. Next is wind both as a general topic and as a large scale and localized topic. The final lessons include mid-latitude cyclones, fronts, air masses, convection and hurricanes. 

Goals and Objectives

Overview

Course Outline

Additional Resources

Course Outline

Earth and Earth's Atmosphere/Composition

Atmospheric Moisture

Winds: Big and Small

Large Weather Phenomena

      • Met 101: Basic Weather Processes
      • Met 101: Basic Weather Processes Optional
        Languages: English, Spanish
        Publish Date: 2017-02-24
        Skill Level: 0
        Topics:
        Environment and Society
        (1520 ratings)
      • Description & Location:

        This lesson provides an overview of basic weather processes, beginning with how the distribution of incoming solar energy helps to establish Earth’s atmospheric circulations. Learners will gain an understanding of the differences between weather and climate, and how Earth’s winds tend to have dominant patterns determined by region. An introduction to atmospheric stability, clouds, precipitation processes, and thunderstorm characteristics is also included, along with an introduction to weather impacts affecting aviation operations.

        This section can also be used in the Earth and Earth Atmosphere and the Small Scale Phenomena topics. 

      • Introduction to Meteorological Charting
      • Introduction to Meteorological Charting Optional
        Languages: English, Spanish
        Publish Date: 2015-07-23
        Skill Level: 0
        Topics:
        Other
        (1021 ratings)
      • Description & Location:

        This lesson provides a brief overview of surface and upper-air data and how these data are plotted on meteorological charts. The content introduces various charting and reporting techniques, including station models, contour analyses, streamlines, and upper air maps. For instructors who have a lab component, this lesson can be useful. 

      • Mesoscale Banded Precipitation
      • Mesoscale Banded Precipitation Optional
        Languages: English, Spanish
        Publish Date: 2005-06-24
        Skill Level: 2
        Topics:
        Mesoscale Meteorology, Winter Weather
        (99 ratings)
      • Description & Location:

        This lesson examines several mechanisms that result in mesoscale banded precipitation, focusing primarily on processes at work in midlatitude cyclones. The lesson reviews the Norwegian and conveyor belt cyclone models amongst other topics that may be beyond the scope of an "Introduction" course.

      • Frontal Diagnosis 1
      • Frontal Diagnosis 1 Optional
        Languages: English, French
        Publish Date: 2019-03-22
        Skill Level: 3
        Topics:
        Mesoscale Meteorology, Satellite Meteorology
        (68 ratings)
      • Description & Location:

        This lesson investigates different types of fronts that are commonly analyzed, including two types of cold fronts: classic (stacked), and katabatic. Then, we identify the main characteristics of these frontal types and what sets them apart from each other in conceptual models and in water vapour imagery.

      • Frontal Diagnosis 2
      • Frontal Diagnosis 2 Optional
        Languages: English, French
        Publish Date: 2019-03-22
        Skill Level: 3
        Topics:
        Mesoscale Meteorology, Satellite Meteorology
        (19 ratings)
      • Description & Location:

        In this lesson, we address the characteristics of anabatic cold fronts, then move into analysis of those characteristics. In the analysis activity, you are asked to diagnose the different types of fronts that appear and identify the main characteristics of anabatic and katabatic fronts.

Small Weather Phenomena