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The Weather course will guide you in making weather predictions based upon observations of the sky, upon barometric and wind information, as well as weather provided by maps, satellite images, radio and television broadcasts, and the Internet.


Topics include:
  • The Atmosphere – Effects of Temperature Differences and Heat.
  • Wind, Pressure, and Water Waves.
  • Water, Humidity, and Fog.
  • Stability, Clouds, and Precipitation.
  • Thunderstorms, Tornadoes, Lightning, and Optical Effects.
  • Mid-Latitude Weather and Storms.
  • Tropical Weather and Storms.
  • Forecasting.
Lightning Strike on mast

This is a NEW (2008) Weather Course. It is a singular module, twelve-week course (the previous course had two modules and two exams). The textbook has been rewritten to contain information that is directly pertinent to this course (the previous course had two textbooks – a general weather text and a USPS study/homework/exam guide).

Credit: NOAA NWS Altantic briefing
Weather Links:
P/C Thomas J. Toomey SN
P/C Thomas J. Toomey SN is a past squadron commander and has the grade of Senior Navigator. He has been a boater for more than fifty years and a sailboat owner for 48 years. He has sailed the western Atlantic coastal waters from Maine to the Caribbean Islands. He has been a USPS member for 35 years and has taught all or part of each of the 11 USPS courses. He is a member of the Blue Water Sailing Club and the Pelagic Sailing Club. He has master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Software Engineering, and an Engineering Degree. He has done graduate studies in Operations Research and Business Administration. His engineering career has included experience in aircraft computer navigation and package delivery, data processing and communications, satellite radar tracking, missile early warning, air traffic control, and aircraft utilization and maintenance scheduling. He presently spends the winter doldrums doing income tax preparation, studying tax law, and (as a volunteer in schools) teaching children about computer programming and robotics engineering. He is an officer and board member of a non-profit educational charitable organization.
For course dates, check the "Calendar". If not scheduled, call Call SEO P/C Jim Mahoney, AP at 508-655-5244. Courses will be offered based on Member interest and requests.