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Title: Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting


1
Certificate of Achievement in Weather Forecasting
  • Department of Meteorology
  • Penn State University

2
Four Online Courses
  • Meteo 101 Understanding Weather Forecasting
  • Meteo 241 Tropical Weather Forecasting
  • Meteo 361 Mesoscale Weather Forecasting
  • Meteo 410 Advanced Topics in Weather Forecasting

3
First Graduating Class, Fall 2006
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  • This sense of community was reinforced as each
    graduate received their certificate and expressed
    their sincere gratitude to their peers and
    teachers for their support, encouragement and
    dedication to the program. It was this event,
    more than anything I have done recently, that
    reminded me why I have chosen a career in adult
    education.
  • Ken Udas, Director of Penn State World Campus

5
WxChallenge Cumulative Standings Fall Semester,
2006
  • Meteo 410 Forecaster    National Rank
    PSU Rank
  • (1258 Forecasters) (86)
  • Olympic Skier 27 2 Business
    Consultant 37 4 Legal Administrator 58 6
    Weather Solutions Expert 80 8
    Farmer 97 11 Communications
    Major 100 12
  • NWS Intern 325 20 Nurse 348 23

6
Vehicles for Online Learning
  • Dynamic, interactive course materials
  • Conceptual rigor encourages critical thinking
  • Sprinkling of mathematics (buffet approach)
  • E-Portfolios
  • Discussion forums

7
Discussion Forums
  • Anticyclonic Tornado in a Cyclonic Supercell
  • (Debra, Meteo 361 Student) - 4/25/2006 0455 PM
  • The tornado that touched down yesterday in El
    Reno, Oklahoma, just to the west of OKC, was
    anticyclonic, yet it was not in a left-moving
    cell - the cell was cyclonic.  Dr. Greg Forbes on
    TWC explained that the tornado formed on the
    eastern side of the inflow, rather than the
    western side, which caused the rotation to turn
    the opposite way than it normally would.  Would
    you please elaborate?

8
Professional Mentors
  • The utility of our discussion forums gives us a
    better opportunity to bridge the gap between the
    Department of Meteorology and professional
    mentors. In Meteo 361, we have
  • Steve Corfidi, Lead Forecaster at SPC
  • Jon Racy, Mesoscale/Outlook Forecaster at SPC

9
Steve Corfidis Response
  • re Anticyclonic Tornado in a Cyclonic Supercell
    STEPHEN CORFIDI - 4/26/2006 1015 AM
  • Debra, Mark and Phil,
  • The flanking line is a known area for
    anticyclonic, non-mesoscyclonic tornadoes.  Such
    circulations appear to result when anticyclonic
    vertical vorticity on the southern edge of the
    mesoscylone's rear flank downdraft is stretched
    by a fortuitously-positioned updraft (cumulus
    tower) on the flanking line.  See the diagram
    from Klemp and Rotunno 1983.

10
NHCs Stacy Stewart favorably reviewed a
students E-Portfolio on Katrina and invited him
to the National Hurricane Center
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How to Enroll
  • Check out the World Campus Web site
  • http//www.worldcampus.psu.edu/WeatherForecastingC
    ertificate.shtml
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