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WDTD is located in Norman, Oklahoma. See the Contact page for addresses and phone numbers.

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Warning Decision Training Division

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About the Warning Decision Training Division


Our Mission

The Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) develops and delivers training on the integrated elements of the hazardous weather warning process within a National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office. Training activities provide basic and advanced WSR-88D operator proficiency within the integrated data environment, including warning methodology and situation awareness. Our goal is to increase expertise among NWS personnel in order to better serve the public in hazardous weather warning situations.

Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

  • Division Chief: Ed Mahoney
  • Program Analyst: Kelly Thomason

Federal Meteorologist Instructors:

  • Sarah Corfidi
  • Jill Hardy
  • James LaDue
  • Michael Magsig
  • Barb Mayes Boustead
  • Robert Prentice
  • OPEN

Cooperative Institute (OU/CIWRO) Affiliates:

  • Alyssa Bates
  • Jessica Blair
  • Samantha Boyd
  • Katy Christian
  • Steve Corfidi
  • Dave Creveling
  • Stephanie Edwards
  • Lexy Elizalde
  • Herve Kaffo
  • Melissa Lamkin
  • Mike Lowe
  • Dale Morris
  • Ryan Pajela
  • Chris Spannagle
  • Hannah Wells
  • Andy Wood

Other Affiliates:

  • Beau Lewis