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Free Online Weather CPD for teachers

rain or shine courseWe are delighted to announce that the 15th run of our very popular, free, online weather and climate subject knowledge course for geography teachers (A  level students and anyone else with an interest in the weather), Come Rain or Shine, starts today, 7th June 2021. The first 3 weeks are supported by mentors – so if you have any questions they will be seen and answered. 

This run of the course will also link to the Reading University Weather Forecasting Game

Access to the course is free for 5 weeks from whenever you start it – plenty of time to download all the resources. The course will now be always available, so if you miss the mentored period in June, you can always look at the comments and answers that others posted. 

The course will take roughly 12 hours in total to complete.

Learning Objectives of the course:

  • Interpret synoptic charts and use them to describe weather details such as wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover.
  • Explore depressions and discover why they are so significant in mid-latitude locations such as the UK
  • Investigate the physical processes behind weather, such as warm air rising, cloud formation and the Coriolis effect with experiments you can do at home.
  • Record your local weather conditions and share your findings.
  • Reflect on the processes that affect the Earth’s atmosphere and therefore climate, both natural (volcanoes, orbit) and man-made (greenhouse gases).
  • Apply your understanding of mid-latitude weather systems to analyse weather data and images.

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