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Course details

Meteorology 2 is an advanced course that explores the interpretation of synoptic and prognostic weather charts in order to forecast local areas, taking into account local conditions and information received by weather fax and other available information. The course studies the planetary system of wind and pressure, weather associated with principal air masses, maritime forecast codes, and fax transmissions. Floating ice, safety of navigation in the vicinity of ice, and conditions leading to ice accretion are required study. The student will acquire knowledge of weather systems such as non-frontal systems, tropical revolving storms and avoidance, system of ocean currents, voyage planning, and formation of sea and swell waves, and relevant weather conditions to tidal calculations and data from nautical publications.


  • No prerequisites are required for this course.





Course offerings

Spring/Summer 2023

Below is one offering of NAUT 1855 for the Spring/Summer 2023 term.

CRN 68799


Fri Jun 30 - Fri Jul 28 (4 weeks)

  • 4 weeks
  • CRN 68799
  • $597.66
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Jun 30 - Jul 28 Mon - Fri 08:30 - 16:00 Marine BMC Rm. 223

Sam Susanthan

Course outline




Important information
  1. IMPORTANT NOTE: CLASSES WILL BE HELD ON CAMPUS. Required Textbook: Reeds Marine Meteorology by M. Cornish and E. Ives. Purchase at A student manual and workbook will be provided in class. Note: A (CDN#) will be required for the issuance of a Transport Canada Training certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the composition of the earth's atmosphere and its physical properties.
  • Describe the planetary system of wind and weather.
  • Describe weather associated with principle air mass types.
  • Describe various cloud types and the conditions required for their formation.
  • Explain fog, haze, mist, and related visibility restrictions.
  • Recognize isobaric distribution patterns.
  • Describe frontal systems and their weather.
  • Interpret weather-related information from prognostic charts.
  • Describe the formation of sea and swell waves.
  • Describe the maritime forecast code and the range of information available through fax transmissions.
  • Describe types of ice, their origin, and movements.
  • Define the guiding principles for safe navigation in the vicinity of ice.
  • Describe the weather patterns associated with tropical revolving storms and the avoidance from storm centers and dangerous quadrants.
  • Explain the surface currents of the oceans and principle adjoining seas.
  • Describe ocean voyage planning with respect to weather conditions and swell height.
  • Apply the relevant weather conditions to tidal calculations, and apply tide and current data from nautical publications.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2018

Related Programs

Meteorology 2 (NAUT 1855) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Transportation

  1. Chief Mate
    Certificate Part-time
  2. Master 3000GT Domestic
    Certificate Part-time
  3. Nautical Sciences
    Diploma Full-time


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