Understanding Weather online: a pocket guide to life – 2021
Date(s) - 18 Mar
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
*Yes, great news, the Understanding Weather course will be running in 2021! Register below or contact Jeremy for bookings and more information.
This course is all about connecting our daily lived experiences of the weather with the patterns behind them and understanding how those patterns form. This is coupled with exploring just how beautiful it is to watch the weather unfold across a day, week and year – which you can see with the current synoptics below, care of the Windy website (a fantastic resource we’ll use during the course).
The intent for this course is that the discrete sessional learnings are coupled with self-guided work in between: basically, the more you delve into the content for yourself (with support & amongst good company), the deeper your understanding is likely to be.
Between sessions, interesting weather highlights (and the patterns generating them) will be shared to participants, via group email – these help train your eye to see the patterns flowing across the year.
For more on the course background and how it came to be, check out this interview with Jeremy, your meteorological interpreter for the course.
Delivered via an online platform, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Thursdays
Dates for 2021
Thurs March 18th (nigh on Equinox)
Thurs June 17th (nigh on Winter solstice)
Thurs Sept 16th (nigh on Equinox)
Thurs Dec 16th (nigh on Summer solstice)
Course topics outline
Content includes the topics below, nested in the context of connecting our lived experience to the pattens behind them and how to read them:
- global weather generation and patterns (i.e. Hadley cells and the like)
- the Coriolis Effect and why weather patterns spin different directions in different hemispheres
- ocean & land effects on weather generation, and how they differ
- El Niño & La Niña and their compatriots in Australia’s climate patterns
- how to read a synoptic chart and using other nifty weather tools
- exploring the 4-seasons-in-one-day commentary while considering how four seasons across the year doesn’t seem a very good fit for Melbourne
- Cloud types, how they form, and what they might indicate
- understanding Melbournian idiosyncrasies like: a temperature drop from 40C to 25C in 10mins on a hot February day, and the rain-sunshine-hail-sunshine experience of a wintry July afternoon
We’ll also utilise learning resources to help train your weather-eyes day to day, so you can become even more weather savvy.
So, if you’re up for a informative, fun, weather-filled year then sign up and we promise you’ll never see weather the same way again… yes, you too can become That Person in your social circle who is always yabbering on about high and low pressure systems, cloud formation and the likelihood (or not) of a hot, dry summer!