SC 208: Meteorology, Part 2. Class presentation available.


Turbulent Weather: Fronts, Cyclones, Thunderstorms

This DVD series builds on concepts introduced in Part 1 (Spring 2014), but previous viewing is not a requirement.  It addresses such questions as: What causes the weather?  How do mountains and oceans influence the weather? How can you decipher the charts and jargon that meteorologists use?  How do meteorologists make predictions and how well do they do?

The classes are based on a Great Courses DVD series presented by Professor Robert Fovell of UCLA, supplemented by additional material and class discussion led by an OLLI Science Committee member.  Supplementary material will be posted on the OLLI blog (

Tuesday, December 2: Clouds and moisture in the atmosphere – review.

Class Presentation: Introduction to Meteorology – Part 2

Tuesday, December 9: Winds – review; atmospheric circulation, Hadley Cells Weather Forecast

Class Presentation: Meteorology

Tuesday, January 6: Fronts, extratropical cyclones. The Edward Fitzgerald.

Tuesday, January 13: Atmospheric troughs and ridges, windshear – jetstreaks

Monday, January 26: Thunderstorms, influences of mountains, standing waves

Presenter (via Great Courses DVD): Robert Fovell, Ph.D., Professor of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

Developer/Discussion Leader:  John Bush


Tuesdays, December 2 and 9 and January 6 and13

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Monday, January 26

10 AM -12 Noon


Woodbridge Onken Classroom

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