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FutureLearn: Come Rain or Shine

Weather and Climate subject knowledge CPD for secondary geography teachers.

“Come Rain or Shine” will be running three times in 2018: from 15th January, 18th June and 1st October. 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.

Although there are options to buy a certificate for your CPD records at the end of the course, it’s also worth noting that, when you reach the end, you’ll see a ‘progress’ page giving you your user name and showing how much of the course you have completed. It is possible to take a screen shot of this page…Step 1.2 lists 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.



In this section of the web site you can find further materials to support teachers:

If you have any questions, please contact us at Education@rmets.org

Links to other sections:

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

A level

Scottish Curriculum for Excellence

International Baccalaureate

Weather systems tutorials


Courses, Careers and Work Experience

Instruments for loan to schools

Climate 4 Classrooms

Weather clubs.

Cat Muller’s talk “High Impact Weather from health to transport” given at the 2015 GA meeting can now be found here.

The shipping forecast excercise used at the 2011 GA meeting can now be found here.