“Come Rain or Shine”, our online course, will be running three times in 2018: from 15th January, 18th June and 1st October. The course is suitable for secondary geography teachers wishing to improve their understanding of UK weather, A level students beginning a weather topic or anyone else with an interest in understanding the processes underlying our weather in the UK.
The course runs for three weeks and takes approximately three hours per week. While the course is running, there are mentors on hand to answer questions. However, the course will remain available for 15 weeks, and you have free access to the course materials for 5 weeks from whenever you first register for the course within that 15 week period.
It is also possible to pay for unlimited access to the course materials.
The Learning Objectives of the course:
- Describe the weather features associated with depressions, anticyclones and the four main air masses which affect the UK.
- Interpret a synoptic chart (also known as a weather chart) to provide details about wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover.
- Describe some of the physical processes which give rise to weather, such as convection, condensation, pressure gradients and the Coriolis force.
- Investigate local weather conditions using readily available instruments.
- Explain some of the processes which transfer energy through the Earth system, including the transient effects of volcanoes and changes in the Earth’s orbit, and how these processes relate to the Earth’s climate.
- Apply your understanding of mid-latitude weather systems to the analysis of weather data and images.