There are several online courses which you can take to learn more about weather and climate: on the FutureLearn platform, there is the RMetS/ University of Reading Come Rain or Shine introduction to weather, as well as the University of Exeter’s Climate Change: the Science course, both of which are running at the moment.
The Open University runs a couple of courses Watching the Weather (free) and Science: the Weather which has an associated fee. The COMET/ MetEd programme in the USA runs many online courses, some general, some very specific.
However, if you are thinking of pursuing a career in weather and climate the World Meteorological Organisation has a great explanation of Why the World Needs Meteorologists. We’ve asked some of our members to give some examples of the sorts of careers that meteorologists can end up doing, which you can find here.
Most meteorologists enter the profession with degrees in meteorology, climate science, physics or maths. This list gives an overview of UK university courses with a significant element of weather and climate, some of which are accredited by the Royal Meteorological Society.