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Nature Abhors Extremes

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather

Nature Abhors Extremes

Taught by Professor Robert G. Fovell | 32 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Science Course

From thunderstorms to typhoons to driving winds, the world's weather is often tumultuous, destructive, and surprising. And yet, all these phenomena represent Nature's attempt to mitigate extreme conditions. In this introduction, begin to explore some of these extremes as you examine the great complexity of the world weather system.

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p********m
October 10, 2017
+++++ Great inductive intro with intelligent connections to pragmatic relevance, and strategically selective repetition. Very clever advance organisers for the series in the two demonstrations; compressed air-can & perfect storm. Demonstrates strong subject enthusiasm, respect and knowledge. Having studied meteorology for pilot training, I recognise how powerfully crafted each of the summative introductory statements is, e.g. this brilliant explanation: “The air jumps away from the lightning so fast that it breaks the sound barrier.” - Personification of nature is offensively ignorant; nature has NO gender! A diagram of earth's atmospheric layers into space has to be a fundamental element of any introduction to meteorology. Diagrams of each core concept - e.g. cold/warm front - would also aid in the advance organiser effort, then revisit those same diagrams with greater detail in later episodes.

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h********m
July 1, 2017
This is fascinating!

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t********m
May 25, 2017

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