MTA has teamed up with the Met Office to provide this specialist weather workshop specifically to support the syllabi of Mountain Training's qualifications as well as enhancing the knowledge of qualified leaders and instructors in their ability to apply information gained from available forecast information, practically whilst planning and dynamically whilst out in the hills and mountains.
The workshop will include:
- Where to find weather information
- Understanding the UKs weather
- Air mass theory
- Weather fronts
- How to read a synoptic/weather chart
- How mountains modify the weather
- Interpretation the weather changes while out on the hill
- Identifying cloud types and what they tell us
- Backing and veering winds
- Weather observing practical (depending on there being some weather to observe!)
- Weather related hazards
- Weather hazards in summer and winter
- Planning a route according to the weather
- Practical exercise
- Have a go at making your own forecast!
- Final discussion/any further questions
Aim: To help mountain leaders and hill walkers interpret weather information to assist with planning and safe passage.
By the end of the workshop you’ll be able to:
- Interpret weather forecasts (media/online etc) and relate to mountain conditions
- Use weather observations to identify a changing forecast situation and predict short term outcomes
- Plan a route/activities based on weather impacts
- Interpret a weather (Synoptic) chart and relate to mountain conditions
- State the importance of air mass theory and what it means for mountain weather summer and winter
- Identify weather that will bring snow to the mountains
- State how mountains can impact on wind speeds/chill and temperature
This session will take place on-site at Derwent Hill outdoor centre and may run a little longer than the other sessions but we will aim to finish the session by 5pm.