Weather Class Offered This Fall at Colby Community College

The staff at the Goodland National Weather Service Office will host a 12-week weather class in the fall semester at Colby Community College.  The class will be held Thursday evenings from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm MDT (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm CDT).  Classes will begin August 30 and end November 15.

The two-credit hour class is entitled "PH161/Meteorology and Weather Forecasting".  It is designed to give students a better understanding of basic meteorology concepts as well as introduce the latest research and technology.  Students will be taken from basic measurements of pressure, temperature and moisture, to concepts of airmasses, fronts and pressure systems.   The course is designed to give the student a look at many different facets of meteorology, from observations and instruments, to precipitation types and forecasting.  Discussion will include radar and satellite images, severe storms, climatology and career opportunities. Anyone with an interest in learning more about High Plains weather is encouraged to enroll.  There are no prerequisite courses.  Contact Colby Community College ( to enroll in this class.

Weekly topics will include:

Weather on the Internet
Pressure, Temperature, Moisture
Airmasses, Fronts, Jetstreams
Clouds, Weather Instruments
Setting up a Backyard Weather Station
Large-scale weather systems
Weather Radar Imagery
Weather Satellite Imagery
Severe Weather and Tornado Formation
Climatology and Long-Range Forecasting
National Weather Service Office Tour

A weather briefing will be given each week at the beginning of class using information from the Internet.  This will be followed by a short discussion period before the weekly topic is presented.

For more information, contact the Goodland National Weather Service at 785-899-7119, or email Dave Floyd at


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