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Weather101 is a series of FREE online classes to help the public learn about meteorology and forecasting.  These classes will include a multitude of topics and expound on our SKYWARN spotter classes.  The best part, individuals will be able to complete courses in the comfort of their own home using the extremely user-friendly computer program,  Go-To Meeting.  The only requirement will be speakers to listen, if you're using a computer. If you want to ask questions, you will need to have a VOIP microphone (this is not a requirement). Each class can be viewed on a Mac or PC, as well as on your iPad, iPhone or Android device by simply downloading the FREE Go-To-Webinar app in the app store on your device (you'll need the Webinar ID number supplied in the registration email).

Here's a list of the classes that will be offered and an overview of topics in each class:
 
    
   

   NEW for Fall 2019!!
    Quasi-Linear Convective Systems (QLCSs):
    The Squall Line

  • What they are, what they aren't
  • How do they form?
  • Why do they give The South fits?

   
    
NEW for Fall 2019!!
    The North American Monsoon

  • What is a "Monsoon"?
  • What is a "Microburst"?
  • What is a "Haboob" and how does it form?
    

   
   
Observations in 3-Dimensions: METARs and
    Upper Air Patterns

  • METAR breakdown and how they are used
  • ​Weather analysis maps: cold/warm fronts
  • Upper air patterns and their interactions with surface patterns
    

 

   Upper Air Soundings: What do they mean?

  • Explain the Upper Air process
  • Breakdown of several typically used parameters
  • Hodographs
             
               

 

   Severe Thunderstorms: What is needed?

  • Instability
  • Wind Shear
  • Lift  
    

 

 

   Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Element of
   Severe Weather

  • Meteorological Causes​ of Flash Flooding
  • River flooding
  • Breakdown of NWS Flood products
 



   The Radar

  • A quick explanation of Doppler
  • Reflectivity versus velocity
  • Dual Pol products  
 
To sign up for one of our online classes, simply click on the link beside the date/time you want to attend, fill out the form and we will forward you a link to register on the Go-To Meeting website.  Register, download the FREE software, and BAM! You can attend the one hour online class. Remember, if you're using the Go-To Meeting app on your iPad, iPhone or Android device, your Webinar ID number will be included in your registration email.

 

Date

Time

Class Title

Register


Monday, October 21


7 pm CT


Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Severe
Weather Element


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Tuesday, October 22


7 pm CT


Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Severe
Weather Element


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(Link Updated)


Wednesday, October 30


7 pm CT


Observations in 3-Dimensions: METARs and
Upper Air Patterns


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Monday, November 4


7 pm CT


Observations in 3-Dimensions: METARs and
​Upper Air Patterns


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Wednesday, November 6


7 pm CT


The North American Monsoon


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Tuesday, November 12


7 pm CT


The Radar


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Thursday, November 14


7 pm CT


The Radar


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Monday, November 18


7 pm CT


Upper Air Soundings: What do they mean?


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Tuesday, November 19


7 pm CT


Upper Air Soundings: What do they mean?


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Wednesday, November 20


7 pm CT


QLCSs: The Squall Line


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Thursday, November 21


7 pm CT


QLCSs: The Squall Line


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Monday, December 2


7 pm CT


The North American Monsoon


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Tuesday, December 3


7 pm CT


Severe Thunderstorms: What is needed?


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Thursday, December 5


7 pm CT


Severe Thunderstorms: What is needed?


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Classes are FREE & for ALL AGES!
All classes will run approximately 1 hour with a question and answer segment

No prior training is necessary, but registration is required
NOTE: Classes may be canceled with short notice due to severe weather!