Meteorology Fundamentals

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Course Description

Meteorology is a fascinating subject. Because of its very nature, it is never constant or boring. Studies and observations of weather and climate and its impact on humans and the environment offer everything from gorgeous sunsets to terrifying hurricanes and tornadoes.
The study of land, atmospheric pressure, cloud formation and storms offers students of meteorology a never-ending and fascinating look into the forces of nature and our surrounding environment. From how rainbows form to the impact of pollution on the environment, this basic meteorology course explores such topics as: how geography affects weather, cloud formation, wind forces, weather forecasting methods, and global weather patterns (such as El Niño).
From weather forecasting to water conservation, we'll introduce you to the vagaries of weather watching and prediction. We'll study the effects of pressure fronts that create hurricanes, tornadoes, and cyclones. We'll offer students clues on how to watch the sky for signs of change, as well as provide a greater understanding of the development and formation of some of the most awesome powers on earth.

While many of us watch the local television station for news, our decisions of what to wear, when to plant seeds, or when to travel is often affected by unexpected changes in weather. From ancient times to the present, mankind's efforts to predict and forecast weather patterns have displayed mixed results. This course offers students a look at the history of meteorology as well as the impact humanity has on our own local climate and weather.
Why is Meteorology Important?

The study of weather and weather patterns and climate is important not only for agricultural reasons, but also for the potential safety of inhabitants around the world. Understanding forces that shape weather and climate can help save lives and protect the environment. Knowing what to look for in the atmosphere may serve to warn of approaching danger and damage which could be caused by hurricanes and tornadoes.

The impact of pollution and deforestation are studied by meteorologists who attempt to understand the impact that such situations have on the natural cycle of animals, plant life, mountains, and deserts.

Weather affects farmers, the environment, and mankind. Weather forecasting is a skill that has always been of interest to mankind and the ability to predict weather is an admired ability that has been honored from ancient times to the present.  Over the years, accuracy and weather forecasting has improved drastically.  Weather forecasting and determinations regarding rainfall and temperature are reasonably accurate, and the ability to spot severe and dangerous weather storm patterns such as hurricanes and tornadoes have saved countless lives.

Meteorologists must understand various aspects of the Earth's environment, including the ocean, mountains, deserts, and other environmental factors that affect weather patterns. Meteorologists and oceanographers often work together to study the impact of the atmosphere with the oceans. Many other meteorologists are also biologists who study plants and animals and how they interact with the atmosphere and the environment around them.

These days, meteorologists make use of high tech aircraft, satellites, radar, and computers to help forecast weather, but many individuals still rely on tried and true methods of weather prediction, including cloud watching, to help in forecasting weather on their own. 

This course on meteorology will provide the basics in the study of the atmosphere and various weather patterns, including climate, clouds, and air masses, as well as weather forecasting. Determining high and low pressure and the formation of tornadoes and hurricanes will also be explained. Weather patterns such as El Niño as well as the impact of ocean currents and evaporation over large bodies of water will be introduced. 

No study of meteorology would be complete without an understanding of the basics of water conservation or the various opportunities and careers to be found within the field of meteorology. This course will also provide basic tips on water conservation, protecting the environment, and how we humans can impact our immediate environment.

The study of meteorology is a fascinating subject. It goes much beyond weather watching.  It also utilizes knowledge of geography and science. Whether you want to learn the difference between various clouds and cloud patterns or you are interested in storm watching, the study of meteorology will help provide the basics to identify clouds, rainfall, and various types of air of masses and fronts that affect our climate and our weather. Learn more by joining this course today!
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Meteorology

What is meteorology? Weather Watching Basics 105 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam: Introduction to Meteorology

Lesson 2. Climate

Climate and Seasons. How Geography affects weather (coastline, mountain, desert, and others). 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: The World's Climates; Climate Map
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam: Climate

Lesson 3. All About Clouds

All About Clouds, Precipitation, and Wind Forces. 125 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Take Poll: Cloud Watchers
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam: All About Clouds

Lesson 4. Blowing in the Wind

Fronts and Air Masses. Common types of each. Air Pressure and Humidity. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam: Blowing in the Wind

Lesson 5. Under Pressure

Under Pressure, High Pressure, Low Pressure. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Ambient Pressure VS Barometric Pressure
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam: Under Pressure

Lesson 6. Weather Forecasting

Weather Forecasting 70 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Forecasting Basics
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam: Weather Forecasting

Lesson 7. Stormy Weather

Stormy Weather, Tornadoes, and Hurricanes. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!; Tornadoes
  • Take Poll: Intimidation Factor
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam: Stormy Weather

Lesson 8. Global Weather Patterns

Global Weather Patterns and El Nino. 130 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam: Global Weather Patterns

Lesson 9. Water and Weather

Bodies of Water and impact of circulation and evaporation. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam: Water and Weather

Lesson 10. Conservation and Weather Issues

Weather Conservation, Saving Water, Changing weather patterns 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Take Poll: Impacts
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam: Conservation and Weather Issues

Lesson 11. Weather Effects

Weather Effects, Rainbows, Aurora Borealis. 120 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: Red Sunset, Green Flash
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam: Weather Effects

Lesson 12. Careers in Meteorology

Careers in Meteorology 710 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review Article: Career in Meteorology
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam: Careers in Meteorology
  • Complete: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define climate.
  • Know cloud types and cloud formations.
  • Describe and identify the different wind types.
  • Describe pressure.
  • Know how weather forecasting works.
  • Describe various storm weather patterns.
  • Know global weather patterns.
  • Know conservation and weather issues, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Meteorology Fundamentals
Course Number: 7550433
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 0.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: April Graves
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