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Title: Aviation Weather Forecaster Training Plans


1
Aviation Weather ForecasterTraining Plans
  • LeRoy Spayd
  • NWS Office of Meteorology
  • Chief, Science Training Core
  • Aviation Weather Forum
  • July 26, 2000

2
OUTLINE
  • NWS Aviation Weather Forecasting Training
    Requirements
  • Learning Materials Available
  • FY2001 Development Efforts

3
NWS Aviation Weather Forecasting Training
Requirements
  • For all NWS job areas, subject matter expert
    meetings were held to define universe of
    potential training needs
  • 288 total training units, 31 of which are related
    to Aviation Weather Forecasting
  • From this universe, NWS has an internal process
    to prioritize which items to develop in any given
    year

4
NWS Aviation Weather Forecasting Training
Requirements (cont.)
  • Interagency team of experts defined a complete
    set of job-based training requirements for NWS,
  • Air Force, and Navy forecasters
  • Forecasting Aviation Icing
  • Forecasting Low-Altitude Clouds and Fog for
    Aviation Operations
  • Forecasting Turbulence
  • Impact of Aviation Weather on Customers
  • CWSU On-Station Systems/Operations
  • Issuing Effective CWSU Products

5
NWS Aviation Weather Forecasting Training
Requirements (cont.)
  • Highest priority training requirements defined by
    NWS field users support Service Areas identified
    in National Aviation Weather Initiatives
    document
  • Ceiling Visibility
  • Convective Hazards
  • Enroute Terminal Winds/Temperatures
  • In-Flight Icing
  • Turbulence
  • Volcanic Ash/Other Airborne Hazards

6
Learning Materials Available
  • NWS/Cooperative Program for Operational
    Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET)
    modules now available for access via the World
    Wide Web (Co-Funded by Air Force and Navy)
  • Forecasting Aviation Icing Type and Severity
  • Forecasting Aviation Icing Icing Assessment
    Using Sounding and Wind Profiles
  • Forecasting Aviation Icing Icing Assessment
    Using Observations and Pilot Reports
  • Radiation Fog

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Learning Materials Available (cont.)
  • NWS/COMET CD Module
  • Review of GOES-IR Imagery Including Winter and
    Icing Applications (done for Air Force)
  • NWS/COMET Resource Data Set
  • Forecasting Aviation Icing The Icing Event of 6
    March 1996

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Available Convective Hazards Training Resources
  • NWS has developed the following training for
    Convective Hazards
  • NWS Operational Support Facility/Operations
    Training Branch (OSF/OTB)
  • WSR-88D Distance Learning Operations Course
  • Warning Decision Making Workshop
  • Supercell Explorer
  • Storm Type and Prognostic Soundings
  • Online case studies
  • NWS/Central Region
  • Heavy Precipitation Supercell

13
Available Convective Hazards Training Resources
(cont.)
  • NWS/COMET
  • Anticipating Storm Structure and Evolution
  • Mesoscale Convective Systems Squall Lines and
    Bow Echoes
  • The Convective Storm Matrix
  • Online case studies
  • NWS Training Center (NWSTC)
  • Local climatological data base development for
    critical severe weather parameters (in
    conjunction with NWS/Storm Prediction Center)

14
Learning Materials Available
  • NWS Alaska Region has provided a workshop for
    their forecasters on the Volcanic Ash and Other
    Airborne Hazards Service area - results of
    collaborative projects
  • NWS/COMET hosts a Resource Training Web Page,
    which currently contains presentation materials
    on the following topics
  • Great Lakes Workshop Mesoscale Convective System
    Case Study of 13 July 95
  • Methodology for Forecasting Slantwise Convection
  • Aviation Wind Shear and Low Level Wind Shear

15
Weather Training for Pilots
  • NWS/COMET produced a demonstration module on
    icing with multi-agency participation
  • - OFCM - FAA - Navy
  • - Air Force - NASA - AOPA
  • - Australian Bureau of Meteorology
  • Implementation suspended due to lack of funding
  • Good learning experience to adapt materials for
    other users

16
FY2001 Training Development
  • NWSTC to begin work on a web-based unit on
    forecasting turbulence with the NWS Aviation
    Weather Center
  • Continued development of web-based modules on
    Forecasting Low-Altitude Clouds and Fog by
    NWS/COMET
  • Overview of Fog
  • West Coast Fog
  • Fog Cases

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FY2001 Training Development (cont.)
  • NWS/COMET to develop and begin offering a
    directed distance learning course on Forecasting
    Low-Altitude Clouds and Fog
  • To include self-paced and instructor-led modules
    (including teletraining)
  • Focus on Assessing Physical Processes leading to
    the Development, Movement, or Dissipation of Low-
    Altitude Clouds and Fog During the Forecast
    Period
  • Course also will touch on Forecasting the
    Spatial and Temporal Onset and Dissipation of
    Low-altitude Clouds and Fog

19
Summary
  • Continuing to develop high priority aviation
    weather forecaster training materials
  • If funded, these materials could be adapted for
    other users
  • Web address for modules
  • www.comet.ucar.edu/modules/index.htm
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