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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:
 

 



           


Snowfall Forecasts in the South:
Why are they so difficult?
  • ​An examination of upper air soundings
  • Ice Nucleation
  • Warm air aloft and its role

      


** NEW CLASS **

The Basics

  • Who is the NWS?
  • What causes the weather?
  • What are some weather hazards?





The North American Monsoon

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

 



       



Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Element of Severe Weather

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

 

 



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



 

 


  The Radar

  • A quick explanation of Doppler
  • Reflectivity versus velocity
  • Dual Pol products  




  Upper Air Soundings:
  What do they mean?

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


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?

           

       



Severe Thunderstorms:
What is needed?

  • Instability
  • Wind Shear
  • Lift

    

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

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Tue March 31

7 pm CT

Quasi-Linear Convective Systems (QLCSs): 
The Squall Line

 

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Wed April 1

 

11 AM CT

Severe Thunderstorms: What is Needed?

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Wed April 1

7 pm CT

Quasi-Linear Convective Systems (QLCSs): 
The Squall Line

 

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Mon April 6


7 pm CT

Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Element
of Severe Weather

 

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Tue April 7
 

11 AM CT

Quasi-Linear Convective Systems (QLCSs): 
The Squall Line

 

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Tue April 7

7 pm CT

Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Element
​of Severe Weather

 

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Wed April 8

 

11 AM CT

Snowfall Forecasts: Why are the so difficult
in the south?

 

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Fri April 10

 

11 AM CT

Upper Air Soundings: What do they Mean?

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Tue April 14

 

11 AM CT

Flash Flooding: The Forgotten Element
of Severe Weather

 

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Tue April 14

7 pm CT

The Radar
 

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Wed April 15

 

11 AM CT

Observations in 3D:
METARs and Upper Air Patterns

 

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Thu April 16

7 pm CT

The Radar
 

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Tue April 21

 

11 AM CT

The Radar

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Tue April 28

 

11 AM CT

The North American Monsoon

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Wed April 29

 

11 AM CT

The Basics

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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!