The weather is dynamic and exciting, and the Penn State Meteorology and Atmospheric Science department prides itself on innovative teaching to explain how the weather works. Want to see some examples? Click on any icon below to check out some of the exciting teaching tools and interactive exercises used in our online programs and in the classroom.

Station Model Decoding Interactive Isoplething Infrared Imagery Simulator
Determining Wind Direction Interactive Skew-T Tool Winter Precipitation Simulator

Want to dig deeper? In the menu on the right, you can sample some of the materials from our online, undergraduate Weather Forecasting Certificate program. As you browse, you'll see many additional interactive learning tools that are but a small subset of those developed by the Penn State Meteorology and Atmospheric Science department. You'll also find opportunities to practice "Key Skills" and "Quiz Yourself" in a fun and interactive way.  In the sections entitled "Explore Further," you'll find links to real-time weather data and other ancillary topics.

Many ways to learn more about weather and climate at Penn State!

The Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science at Penn State University has granted more than 4000 degrees and has been recognized as a world leader in meteorology education for almost 75 years. If you choose to study with us, you will join this long tradition of educational excellence.

  • If you're interested in pursuing meteorology as a career, we invite you to join us in-residence to pursue a degree. Our challenging undergraduate and graduate programs will prepare you to solve tomorrow's problems in the atmospheric sciences.
  • If you are a weather enthusiast or would like to add some meteorology knowledge to your existing skill set, our four-course online Weather Forecasting Certificate is for you. This program is designed for individuals with a non-science background and will expose you to a wide variety of weather concepts, all on your own time and from anywhere in the world.
  • If you work in a weather-impacted sector of industry or government and want to add some data science skills to your knowledge base, consider joining our online graduate program in Weather & Climate Analytics. In this program you will not only learn how to access and manipulate large meteorological data sets, you will also gain experience developing your own specialized predictive analytics tools and communicating those predictions to others.
  • If you are looking for free online content to browse at your leisure, you may wish to explore OPEN.ED@PSU, a repository of open educational resources hosted by the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences.  Here you'll find many earth science-related courses with content provided under a Creative Commons license. Specific to meteorology, you might want to check out Meteo 3 (and introductory meteorology course) and Meteo 300 (an advanced, mathematical treatment of foundational meteorology topics).
  • If you're a middle-school or high-school student with a passion for weather and climate, you may want to apply for a Penn State Weather Camp. These week-long camps will immerse you in meteorological activities, leaving you with a better understanding of the study of the atmosphere.