Summing up Week 1

Congratulations on reaching the end of Week 1! Hopefully, you feel that you have a better understanding of the weather systems which bring the UK, and other mid-latitude countries most of their weather, as well as the basic physical processes which govern how all the atmosphere behaves.

By the end of this week you should feel that you are happier:

  • Describing the weather features associated with depressions

  • Interpreting a synoptic or weather chart, to provide details about wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover.

  • Describing some of the physical processes which give rise to weather, such as convection, condensation, pressure gradients and the Coriolis force.

We showed you some practical demonstrations which we hope you had the chance to try for yourself.

Did you manage to make an entry for the forecasting game on time? If so, keep an eye on the weather over the weekend, and you’ll be able to see how good your forecast was next week. You’ll have the chance to join the game in Week 2 and 3 if you missed out this time.

Let us know how you got on this week in the comments below.

We’ve provided a comprehensive list of online teaching resources to accompany each week, which you may find useful- particularly if you are a teacher. You can download this here.

Next week, we’ll be moving on to look at high pressure weather systems (anticyclones), air masses and rainfall. There will be a chance to try some simple weather fieldwork, as well as some more exercises, quizzes and another chance to forecast the weather.

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Come Rain or Shine: Understanding the Weather

University of Reading