Weather Course June 6, 2023
Weather Course Overview
Interpreting weather can be a minefield to navigate through and is one of our most significant hazards in the outdoors. This course is designed to give you a better understanding of weather from a global, national and then local perspective. To take data provided across various models and decipher a forecast & what that means for your weekend trip away. This course looks at understanding how to gather data online as well as in the field so we can make good decisions fast.
Our weather course is interactive, practical and perfect for the outdoor community who are looking for relevant information in an easy to understand format.
Weather Course Location
This course is broken into 4 parts. Each part is delivered in person at the New Zealand Deer Stalkers Association, North Canterbury Branch club rooms: 599 McLean’s Island Road
Christchurch from 7- 9 pm on a Tuesday night. The course will run over 4 weeks from the scheduled start date.
All workshops will be hosted live (online) so if you can’t make it you’re able to join either via zoom or watch the recording at a time convenient for you.
The dates for this course will be:
Part 1: 30 May
Part 2: 06 June
Part 3: 13 June
Part 4: 20 June.
**Where there are 5 people or less available for the in-person training, we will run the course over zoom only**
GEAR & EQUIPMENT
What gear will I need? Just a notebook and pen.
We will have resources and a takeaway handbook that covers all of the information in the course.
LIVE OUT OF TOWN BUT WANT TO JOIN?
We appreciate this is a course that many kiwis and Australians might want to be a part of, but can’t make it due to travel constraints. We will be able to invite participants on a zoom link to join in our live workshop so you can ask your questions in real-time and be a part of our class.
Weather Course Includes
- Where it all starts
- Cells and trade winds
- Coriolis effect
- Air pressure measurements and what it all means
- Low pressure (global)
- High Pressure (global)
- How rain is formed
- 4 ways of lifting
- Anabatic/katabatic winds
- Weather cycles
Synoptic Charts and Forecasting
- Reading synoptic charts
- Using metadata charts
- Collating data from various models and interpreting the information
- Reliability vs variability
- Understanding Weather systems
- High pressure (local influences)
- Low Pressure (local Influences)
- Frontal systems
- Cold front
- Warm fronts
- Occluded fronts
- Stationary fronts
- Timeframes for weather travel
Field observations – “Nowcast vs Forecast”
- Cloud identification
- Finding wind direction
- Predicting wind speed
- Predicting air temperature and FAFL
- Predicting field changes
WHEN IS THE NEXT COURSE?
Weather courses run in June and are also a part of our 7 day bushcraft course. Visit our Course Calendar for scheduled course dates. Custom courses and private training can be arranged on alternative dates by request.