Introduction to Weather


A survey for both science and non-science majors on the basic concepts of meteorology. Topics include temperature, pressure, wind, humidity, precipitation, weather disturbances and weather maps and forecasting, and climate patterns.

Upon successful completion of this course, a student will be able to

  • Apply scientific inquiry in the discovery of meteorology. 
  • Identify meteorological situations. 
  • Distinguish between those situations that require a scientific modeling from those that do not. 
  • Describe local global weather conditions, climatic changes, and procedures for 
  • forecasting. 


  • Atmosphere
  • Energy in Storms
  • Temperature and Humidity
  • Clouds and Stability
  • Wind Systems
  • Air Masses and Fronts
  • Thunderstorms
  • Tornadoes
  • Hurricanes
  • Weather Forecasting
  • Earth’s Changing Climate


The courses is entirely online. Each week there is home work and a research/activity project.  Also, each week there is an online test of the lesson.

The textbook used in the course is

“Meteorology Today, by C. Donald Ahrens and Robert Henson  (12th Ed.)

ISBN-13    978-1-337-61666-9
ISBN-13    978-1-337-61667-9

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