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Welcome to Week 2

Welcome to Week 2
Welcome to Week 2 of Come Rain or Shine. We’re back at the University of Reading’s atmospheric observatory. I hope you enjoyed Week 1 and found it interesting. And I really hope you had a chance to have a go at some of the practical activities. If you struggled with them, then really do make use of the comments area to get some support from the other learners. So last week, we focused mainly on depression so in low pressure weather systems.
This week, we’re going to carry on and look at high pressure systems, as well as take a bit more of a step back and thinking about where the air’s coming from before it gets to us– what its characteristic are and what sort of weather it might bring us because of that. We’re also going to have a chance to think about ways that you can measure the weather yourself. And there’ll be a few more activities, which are little bit more challenging. You’ve already had a few of those in Week 1. In Week 2, there’s going to be a few more.So that’s a feeling for some of the things that you’re going to have a go at in Week 2.
And we really hope that you enjoy it and find it interesting.

This week we continue to look at the weather patterns based in the Mid-Latitudes, still focusing on the UK. In the video, Sylvia outlines this week’s topics and introduces you to:

  • The different types of air masses that impact our weather
  • types of rain that occur within the mid-Latitudes
  • high pressure systems

We’ll also show you a number of simple ways to measure the weather from our experts Janet Barlow, Professor of Environmental Physics, who provides an easy technique to measure wind, and Sylvia demonstrates a technique with measuring the temperature of our surroundings.

Don’t forget, you can also view the figures for Week 2, A-Z glossary, and the course supplement as you go through the week.

Again, the mentor team will be on hand to answer some of your questions, but please remember they may not be able to respond to everyone. For this reason, you may like to ‘Follow’ them by clicking on the links to their Profiles so you can access their responses throughout the course.

If you are mentioning the course on social media, don’t forget to tag your comments with #FLrainorshine and follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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