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Congratulations on completing the course!

Hopefully, by the end of this week you should feel that you are happier

  • Explaining some of the processes which transfer energy through the Earth system, including the transient effects of volcanoes and changes in the Earth’s orbit, and how these processes relate to the Earth’s climate.

  • Applying your understanding of mid-latitude weather systems to the analysis of weather data and images.

You can download the online teaching resources for Week 3 or for the entire course.

We hope you have enjoyed this introductory course, Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather. If you would like to continue your studies or find more resources online we’ve listed some follow up links below.

From the University of Reading

The University of Reading was established in 1892, and is now ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS University World Rankings 2015/16), with a world-class reputation for the quality of our teaching, research and links to business.

The Department of Meteorology is the only UK university department to offer a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in meteorology. The department is staffed by world-leading meteorologists, oceanographers and climate experts and internationally renowned for our excellent research and teaching in atmospheric, oceanic and climate science.

You can find out more about the Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses taught at the Department of Meteorology.

You may also like to join Pete on Our Changing Climate course, which looks at our changing climate from the past, through to the present and into an uncertain future. The course starts on 7 November. You can find out more about Our Changing Climate and all our other courses by following the Open Online Courses team for the University of Reading on Twitter.

From the Royal Meteorology Society

The Royal Meteorological Society is the professional and learned society for weather and climate.

The Society serves not only those in academia and professional meteorologists, but also those whose work is affected in some way or other by the weather or climate, or simply have a general interest in the weather. The membership includes scientists, practitioners and a broad range of weather enthusiasts.

For weather enthusiasts, Theweather club provides a great resource of information. Their website is full of interesting and educational content that captures the many faces of the weather – its beauty, its power, its occasional absurdity and its fragility in the face of human activity.

Teachers from around the world may find the MetLink website particularly useful. Run by the Royal Meterological Society, the website specialises in materials for teaching weather and climate in schools and supporting teachers. The website has teaching resources, fieldwork and experiment ideas, lesson plan downloads, information on the latest IPCC findings and much more.

Thames Water

We are grateful for the support from Thames Water in making this course possible.

Further reading

You may like to continue your studies by looking at the Online teaching resources or you may find the following books useful:

Understand the weather: teach yourself by Innes, Peter (2010)

Fundamentals of weather and climate by McIlveen, Robin (2010)

The cloud-spotters guide by Pretor-Pinney, Gavin (2006)

Clouds in a glass of beer: simple experiments in atmospheric physics Craig (2003).

30-second meteorology: the 50 most significant events and phenomena, each explained in half a minute by Scaife, Adam (2016)

Demonstrate what you’ve learned with a certificate?

If you want a record of your course, you can buy a Certificate of Achievement from FutureLearn.

The Certificate of Achievement is a great way to demonstrate what you have learned on the course and as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development (where appropriate). This is a personalised certificate and transcript, detailing the syllabus and learning outcomes from the course. It comes as a printed certificate as well as a digital version which you can add to your LinkedIn profile. To qualify, you must have marked at least 90% of the steps in the course complete.

There is also the option to purchase a personalised Statement of Participation, to celebrate taking part. To be eligible for the Statement of Participation, you must mark at least 50% of the steps on the course as complete. This also comes in a printed and digital format and you can add it to your LinkedIn profile.


Thank you for joining us and we hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us. We’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions regarding how we might improve it for the next run. Please fill out our post-course survey, your feedback is very valuable to us.

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