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1 Weather Duke of Edinburgh Award Westbury OAC

2 Aims of Session Understand the effects that the weather has on you and your activities. Where to look for weather information How to interpret that information to make an informed decision about your activities

3 Where does our weather come from? Tropical Continental Polar maritime Polar Continental Tropical Maritime Artic Maritime

4 Air Pressure

5 Effects of Air Pressure High PressureLow Pressure Warm in summerColder Cold in winter Clear skiesCloudy CalmWindy; unsettled SunnyRain or snow

6 The Effect of Wind in the Mountains

7 Wind and its effect on us! Beaufort Scale (Gale Force) MPHEffect How cold does it feel Nil, good walking day Wind chill cools you fast on the summits Extra care needed on ridges People lose balance and fall in gusts Horizontal rain Doubled over into wind Streams blow back up hill Effect trebled, you may be crawling-20

8 Rain Lowers morale Increases the risk of cold injury Slippery rocks Slower progress

9 Temperature 100m5° 5° 400m2° 500m3° 1° 300m4° 3° 600m0° 200m4° 600m0° 700m1° ° -1° Cloudy and Wet Clear and Dry

10 Sources of Information Internet Tourist information Mountain rescue bases Newspapers Television & radio Look around! Check the forecast as close to the time of the expedition as possible to obtain the most accurate information.

11 Clouds Cirrus - thin, wispy, curly-shaped clouds Cumulo-nimbus- large, dense, towering clouds that cause rain and thunderstorms Cumulus - puffy clouds Stratus - Layered, horizontal clouds with a flat base

12 Predicting Bad Weather

13 Remember Hills are more likely to have their own micro- climate and localised wind. High pressure: Summer – protect yourself against the sun Winter – wrap up warm Low pressure: Layers; wet weather gear Check the forecast before going into the hills Forecasts do not take account of wind chill Be prepared to change your plans in bad weather


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