MET 2–Meteorology 2
MET 2 is the most advanced Meteorology exam which is required for licences such as Chief Mate, Master 3000 GT and Master Mariner. While the exam schedule permits candidates to write MET 2 in lieu of MET 1, this is not recommend by us folks at the nautical mind due to the increased gradient of complexity. We recommend that candidates wet their teeth with the lesser exam before Walking in to Mordor so to speak. (The previous being said, I wrote MET 2 instead of MET 1 and passed with a 71%, so it is possible.)
Where MET 1 focuses primarily on weather phenomena found in “domestic” and “Home Trade 1 & 2” waters, MET 2 requires candidates to be familiar with world-wide weather phenomena. As such, the required knowledge base is broader. For example, MET 2 requires the candidate to know the characteristics of Monsoons and “pressure and weather characteristics associated with Monsoons in the Indian Ocean, the China sea, North coast of Australia and West coast of Africa” as well as typhoons where as MET 1 requires only knowledge of tropical Hurricanes in the Northern Hemisphere.
Being able both to interpret and draw rudimentary weather diagrams is of strong import. Isobaric maps, a diagram of a revolving tropical storm (including the “navigable” and “un-navigable” arcs of the storm), diagrams describing land and sea-breezes are all important knowledge as well as ocean currents.
Meteorology, Level 2 (Page 67, Section 8.5)
A) The diagrams and pictures included in this book are second to none. Visual cloud classification, how to read an barograph, navigable arcs of tropical storms, land and sea-breezes are all described well in pictures as well as in text. What it lacks in depth and breadth it makes up for in ease of comprehension.
B) It is laid out to help mariners study towards “First Class Certificates of Competency”. Essentially, it is a book written specifically to help someone “pass the test”.