This course is designed to familarize participants with the elements that cause or are involved in weather and climate. Starting with the fundamentals of earth/sun geometry which determines the seasons and the amount of energy received from the sun we'll discuss global circulation patterns, atmospheric composition, air masses, pressure systems, wind, clouds, convective and orographic rainfall, hurricanes, frontal systems, monsoons and climate distribution. The course assumes no prior knowledge of meteorology and will involve very little math. At the end of the course you should be able to understand why it's so difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom. Discussion is encouraged and welcomed. The lectures will be online (i.e. PowerPoint). There may be an occasional handout.