*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Wind, Water, Waves, and Weather

Weather is an important part of our everyday lives. Weather phenomena can be beautiful, romantic or frightening. So let us ask and answer some fundamental questions: Why is the sky blue and a sunset red? Why does a shore breeze blow toward shore during the day and toward the ocean at night? Why are thunderstorms far more common in the summer? How does a cold front differ from a warm front? Why is London warmer than Hudson Bay in the winter even though at similar latitudes? How does an El Niño in the Pacific affect the weather in Virginia? How do ocean waves form and how far can they travel? What makes ocean currents? How do barrier islands migrate? What is adiabatic cooling? How do rainbows form? What is a crepuscular ray? What is a derecho? Why are tornadoes more frequent in the plains states? What cloud formations can you use to predict the weather in 48 hours? Why does the wind blow? These and many more weather-related phenomena will be discussed in detail.

Instructor Bio:

Mitch Sams is an emeritus professor of dermatology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as a backpacker, mountain climber, boater, kayaker, woodworker, and avid weather “watcher.”

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A10 Mitchell Sams Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. Westminster Canterbury WL

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