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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. So join us today!
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Lesson 1. Introduction to Meteorology

What is meteorology? Weather Watching Basics 105 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review Article: The Importance of Meteorology
  • 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
  • Review Article: Cloud Control
  • 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
  • Review Article: How Do You Classify Wind?
  • 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 2 Articles: Jetstreams and Air Pressure; 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 2 Articles: Forecasting Basics; Fun with Forecasting
  • 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 3 Articles: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!; Hurricane Watch; 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
  • Review 2 Articles: A Chinook's on the Way; Have you met El Nino?
  • 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Water and Weather Basics; Water Cycles
  • 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
  • Review 2 Articles: Climate Zones; Environment and the Weather
  • 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 3 Articles: Rainbow Magic; Sky Art; 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 2 Articles: Career in Meteorology; Job Ops
  • 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
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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
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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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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