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Backyard Meteorology: The Science of Weather

Harvard University via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Science
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate $49 Certificate Available
  • Effort 3-5 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Overview

The weather forecasts we see every day are based an army of meteorological sensing networks and intensive computer modeling. Before the rise of these technologies, predictions were made by methods like discerning cloud formations and wind directions.

This course will explore the science behind weather systems by teaching the observational skills needed to make a forecast without using instruments or computer models. We’ll discuss the physical processes driving weather and the global forces that shape global climate systems. Finally, we will examine the limits of prediction in both human observations and computer models.

Can the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas? Take this course to find out!

Syllabus

Week 1: Physical processes in weather systems
Week 2: Winds, weather masses, clouds, fronts in the temperate zones
Week 3: Other weather systems
Week 4: Weather predictions: Linear and non-linear systems

Taught by

John Huth

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