Storm Warning

Ref: C3528179

Are you baffled by weather forecasts or frequently puzzled by our climate? This course will assist in understanding the way the weather works and provide an insight into the patterns and portents of the skies.

Additional information about this course

There is no session on 1st June

Course aim

To introduce the science of meteorology and interpretation of weather forecasts

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The working of the planetary weather systems with particular reference to the UK Some historical weather events will be discussed The construction of some simple and practical weather instruments will be possible.

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

1. Recognise particular weather phenomena and its probable effects. 2. Recognise the cloud types and their relation to the weather 3. Make simple forecast assessments 4. Construct a wind speed indicator with the understanding of its use.

How will I know I'm making progress?

Students will be encouraged to observe weather conditions during the course and discuss their findings during the sessions.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

N/A everything needed will be provided

Reading and information sources


What could the course lead to?

The OU offer meteorology courses on-line. There may be the possibility of a field trip to a meteorology office.

Download full course outline

Storm Warning Course Outline

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  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
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  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2016
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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