Global Meteorology

The Global Meteorology course is designed for those who forecast worldwide

The Global Meteorology course focuses on weather in different parts of the world. This course consists of four modules and is designed for those who forecast worldwide, particularly for the aviation community.

Location: Courses are held in the excellent Met Office College facilities at our Exeter headquarters or at a location of your choice.

Aim: To identify situations when the characteristic weather systems of a region are expected to develop and intensify, helping forecasters develop a deeper understanding of the area.

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • apply sound meteorological knowledge and understanding to the analysis, interpretation and prediction of the local weather systems in these regions;
  • state when forecast events are likely to break records;
  • relate observed weather to regional climatology.

Any module can be taken independently of another, but it would be advantageous if the Global Climatology module was completed first.

The four course modules are:

Global Climatology

Module length: 3 days.

The Intertropical Convergence Zone and monsoons; polar, subtropical and tropical jets; easterly waves; tropical cyclones; diurnal storm developments in the tropics and the effects of El Niño on global weather.


Module length: 2 days.

General meteorology including topographical influences on winds and weather and three specialist sections on Cyprus, the Balkans and Gibraltar meteorology, including the importance of forecasting hazardous weather in these regions.

Middle East

Module length: 2 days.

Topographical influences; monsoon circulations and seasonal characteristics; major wind patterns; seasonal variations; Arabian Sea tropical cyclones; local weather characteristics in and around the Arabian Gulf, including Kareef and Shamal winds; sandstorm development; aviation forecasting problems and the limitations of NWP models.


Module length: 2 days.

Broad-scale climatology of Central and South America and specialist meteorology for Ascension Island, the Falkland Islands and the surrounding areas.

The Met Office College provides a wide range of courses. To receive more information about training please register your details.

Last updated: 14 August 2012