2022 events

Sat 23rd 14:15-15:00

Basic Meteorology for an Observing/Astrophotography Night

Peter Matters


I will start by discussing how temperature and dew point/relative humidity are related and work together. This will be explained using the examples of the kitchen kettle and the bathroom shower/mirror, and how they are related to cloud formation. Next will be the interpretation of BoM rain forecasts followed by an explanation of synoptic charts and what they indicate. A basic explanation of Highs, Lows, and Cold Fronts will round off this section. Satellite photos (visual and infrared) will be next, showing the correlation with synoptic charts. The talk will conclude with making a forecast using BoM forecasts, synoptic charts, satellite photos, sky visuals, and gut feel – followed by questions if time permits.