Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and is especially useful for weather forecasting.
Atmospheric research has applications in weather prediction, climate change and our general understanding of weather patterns.
Scientists who study meteorology are called meteorologists.
Important subjects related to meteorology include physics, chemistry, algebra, calculus and computer science.
Meteorologists usually have good communication skills, strong analytical minds and a passion for events related to weather.
Meteorologists who work on television or radio have excellent communication skills and extra qualifications in areas such as journalism.
A career in meteorology could see you working on air transportation, global warming, pollution control, ozone depletion, droughts, forestry, agriculture and more.
Meteorologists use a range of satellites, weather balloons, radars, sensors and weather stations to study wind velocity, temperature, humidity and air pressure.
Knowing the weather conditions in advance is important to a number of industries including agriculture, shipping, forestry, fishing and transportation.
Weather predictions have improved with the introduction of powerful computers which run complex weather simulations.