Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Learn About Weather

University of Exeter and Met Office

Learners explored large scale processes to answer the question why and how do we get weather. They learnt about air masses and their characteristics, before going on to improve their understanding of weather forecasts and weather charts. The nature of clouds, their types and names as well as what they can tell us about the weather to come was considered. Finally learners looked at how to make informed decisions based on how the weather might impact them and their leisure activities.

4 weeks, 3 hours per week

Helen Roberts

Senior Operational Meteorologist

University of Exeter


Learning outcomes

  • Explain how heat is redistributed around the Earth, including circulation cells, and how they affect the climate
  • Describe the layers in the Earth’s atmosphere, including the troposphere in which most of our weather occurs
  • Explain atmospheric buoyancy, and how a buoyant atmosphere can result in showers
  • Describe the six main air masses which affect the UK including their characteristics
  • Explain what a front is, and understand their differences and characteristics
  • Interpret a weather chart (also known as a synoptic chart) to provide details about wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover
  • Describe the weather features associated with high pressure and low pressure, including named storms which impact the UK
  • Explain how the National Severe Weather Warning System works
  • Explain the difference between hurricanes, cyclones and typhoons
  • Describe the different cloud types and explain how they can indicate changes in the weather


  • The large-scale processes that lead to our weather
  • Air masses and their characteristics
  • How to interpret a weather (synoptic) chart
  • Clouds and what they can indicate
  • Weather and climate for gardeners
  • Weather for photographers
  • Hazardous weather for walkers

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

Learn About Weather

University of Exeter