British Columbians spend a large amount of time outdoors and are extremely weather dependent. Few, however, use all resources available to them in order to make decisions.
For this reason I have set up a series of courses that will lead you through the world of BC's weather from basic observations to
the interpretation of computer weather models.
The courses are aimed at professionals who depend on weather and amateurs who spend a lot of time in the outdoors.
Weather affects different users in different ways, but the basic principles stay the same. This course is aimed at teaching you how to apply those principles
wihtin your professional environment. Since class sizes are kept small some very specific applications can be addressed regularly. To do this we learn to interpret a huge variety of
weather related data, from basic surface observations to aviation weather reports and forecasts.
The courses address the needs of most professionals working with weather but we had particular
good feedback from Media, Ski Patrol, Snow Safety Teams, Municipal Emergency Managers, Pilots, Dispatchers and Professional Engineers.
Each course is taught in two independent levels:
Level I presumes no previous weather knowledge and contains weather analysis, publicly available internet resources and proper interpretation
of publicly available forecasts from a computer and in the field. Level II presumes basic meteorological and thermodynamic principles. It focuses on detailed weather forecasts and the appropriate
At the end of the courses, students will
- have a toolbox of resources to access current weather information (observations, forecasts, discussions etc.)
- be able to interpret weather and its changes in the outdoors.
- be able to read and interpret satellite and radar imagery over BC.
- be able to read professionally prepared weather charts.
- be able to interpret and tailor those forecasts to a particular spot and application.
- be able to go through a step by step process that leads to a weather analysis and interpretation of professionally prepared forecasts.
Available Weather Courses and Seminars
- Aviation Seminars Refresher Courses for Pilots and Dispatchers. (This is a customized course for professional corporations, please contact us for more info at
- Winter Operator Seminars: 2 to 4 hours training seminar for heli-skiing and avalanche operators.
- Applied Mountain Meteorology for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Professionals (for course details, click here)
- Applied Marine Meteorology for Amateurs and Professionals on the Coast of BC (for course details, click here)
- Avalanche Meteorology for Winter Outdoor Enthusiasts and Avalanche Professionals (Please contact the Canadian Avalanche Association for more details at
- Customized Courses for Groups (Hiking associations, Sailing Clubs etc.) and Corporations.
ContactIf you are interested in any of the courses, please e-mail me at
or call Uwe at +250.877.0001.
To find out more about your teacher, click here.
- "Uwe Gramann has a unique ability to describe complex weather concepts in a way that is not only easy to understand but interesting and tangible for those who are learning. His knowledge of BC weather patterns and forecasting is so extensive that you can learn details about local climates while gaining a good overview of BC."
Global TV - Vancouver
- " ...Uwe, the instructor, is excellent, as is the course material. I recommend taking a weather course if you have never done so. I found that I was much better able to understand the weather that was coming our way, and as a result make better, more informed emergency management related decisions last winter."
Victoria Emergency Management Agency
- "Uwe has developed a wonderful visual, theoretical and anecdotal approach to his Mountain Weather course. Having instructed Mountain Weaher with Uwe on numerous occasions I have found his instructional approach to be methodical, detailed and understandable. However, Uwe's greatest gift as a teacher is his enthusiasm. He has "Mountain Weather" coursing through his veins."
Canadian Avalanche Association
IFMGA (International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations)
ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides)
- "A pat on the back to Uwe and Ken (Wylie) for their dedication in developing the very best weather training programs available for front-line avalanche workers."
Canadian Avalanche Association
- "Good combination of information followed by exercises that use that info."
- "Excellent teacher and very knowledgeable, well prepared and provided excellent course material. "
- "Using Laptop and digital files was great."
- "The topics were great ... and the instructors were awesome."
- "Lots of enthusiasm ... Very enjoyable course ... good teaching of tools that are very useful to have."
- "Loved Uwe's enthusiasm and knowledge."
- "The [live exercise] on the last day was really beneficial. Nothing was of no use."
The courses are based on an education model that has been developed for the Canadian Avalanche Association with the co-operation of
Environment Canada. They are two level weather courses that have been taught with great success in BC in the fall/winter of 2007 and are to become prerequisites for the
Avalanche Skills Training courses. According to this experience, the courses start slow and become fairly demanding later on. I am proud of
making the courses less about the "Weather Geek" and much more about fun and enthusiasm.
Having said that the educational model is very flexible and every course turns out to be quite different as the teacher adapts the material to the average
level of the course as well as the specific interests of the individual students. If you work for a living
outside or your work depends on weather, you will find that these courses change your daily routine significantly.