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FY23 WOC Winter Track Is Now Available

The FY23 version of the WOC Winter Track is now available. Additional content will likely be added to the curriculum over the next month or so. As a result, some users who show up as "Complete" for the curriculum may go back to being "Active" once that new content has been added. If you are a forecaster in your forecast office who wants to sign up for the next available WOC Winter, please complete the WOC Winter Registration Form. Note: You should coordinate with your local training facilitators (e.g., SOOs) before completing this form.

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Warning Operations Course - Winter Track

 

How to Register?

The FY23 version of the WOC Winter Track is now available. Additional content will likely be added to the curriculum over the next month or so. As a result, some users who show up as "Complete" for the curriculum may go back to being "Active" once that new content has been added. If you are a forecaster in your forecast office who wants to sign up for the next available WOC Winter, please complete the WOC Winter Registration Form. Note: You should coordinate with your local training facilitators (e.g., SOOs) before completing this form.

Course Description

The Warning Operations Course (WOC) Winter Track is a course that consists of training on topics that are relevant to warning decision-making during winter weather events. There are 6 different instructional components in the Winter Track covering topics including conceptual models, forecasting hazards, and the forecast/warning process.

The WOC Winter Track is designed to allow every NWS Meteorologist with winter weather responsibilities to participate with the assistance of an on-site facilitator (SOO or locally appointed training officer). Each instructional component for NWS employees are tracked by the WOC on-site facilitator using the NWS Learning Center.

The WOC Winter Track is designed to improve the performance of NOAA’s NWS offices in issuing watches, warnings, and advisories during winter events.

Course Outline

Click on the panels below to access the content for each topic of the course. For most lessons, there will be two ways to access the training materials:

  • Web Version - Lesson streams from the WDTD web server & doesn't require login; or
  • LMS Version - Links to NWS Learning Center (aka: LMS) so NWS employees can get completion credit, but login is required to access.

The lesson content is the same for each link. NWS employees enrolled in the WOC Winter Track should already have all of the WOC course content provided on their personal transcript. However, you can also use the LMS Version link to access the content and ensure you receive completion credit. NOAA users: Please refer to the for estimated lesson availability WOC Winter Orientation and Status Page for estimated lesson availability

 

Orientation

Brief Description: This presentation provides a brief overview of the Winter WOC

Delivery Methods: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 15 minutes

Content:

Conceptual Models

Brief Description: This section contains lessons on synoptic and mesoscale conceptual models related to winter weather forecasting, including conveyor belts, frontogenesis, and potential vorticity.

Delivery Methods: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 90 minutes

Content:

Forecasting Hazards

Brief Description: This section contains lessons for forecasting specific hazards, including snowfall, sleet/freezing rain, determining precipitation type, visibility in snow, and severe winter winds.

Delivery Methods: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 3 hours

Content:

Physiogeographic Systems

Brief Description: This section contains lessons on forecasting winter precipitation in regions near physiogeographic features, such as bodies of water and mountains.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 25 minutes

Content:

Remote Sensing of Winter Hazards

Brief Description: This section contains lessons for nowcasting winter weather, including snowfall and precipitation type, and radar-based nowcasting.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 1 hour

Content:

The Forecast Warning Process

Brief Description: This section contains lessons on topics affecting winter weather warnings, including high-impact winter systems, Weather Prediction Center Winter Weather Desk operations, and NWS Hazard Simplification for winter weather.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 35 minutes

Content:

  • Probabilistic of Forecasting Winter Weather: HREF applications: Web Version
  • NBM 4.0 vignettes COMET: Coming soon
  • Convective-allowing Models (CAMs): Winter Applications: Web Version
  • Utilizing Anomalies to Anticipate High-Impact Winter Storms: Web Version | LMS Version
  • 2022-2023 WPC Winter Weather Desk Operations: Webinar only available in the CLC. Search for "2022-2023 WPC Winter Weather Desk Operations" Coming Soon
  • Building an Effective Winter Weather Forecast Process: Web Version | LMS Version
  • Mesoscale Analysis and Short Term Forecasting: Web Version | LMS Version
  • Snow Squall Warnings and Associated Operational Actions: Web Version | LMS Version
Winter Climate Forecasting and Analysis

Brief Description: This section contains lessons about Winter climate forecasting and analysis.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: ?? hours

Content:

Winter Weather Impacts

Brief Description: This section contains lessons about communicating winter weather impacts associated with wind chill/extreme cold and surfaces.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Approximate Completion Time: 2 hours

Content:

WES Simulation Exercise

Brief Description:Students will apply WOC Winter learning objectives in a warning decision making simulation.

Delivery Method: Weather Event Simulator 2 (WES-2)

Approximate Completion Time: XX hours

Content:

  • WES-2 Bridge Case Simulation: At the start of the year, discs will be sent to offices who still need the WOC Winter WES case installed on their WES machines. We are currently using the a Snow Squall case from Cheyenne's WFO on January 27th, 2019. The case should be found within the WES-2 Bridge Case list with the name "WOCWinter_20190127_CYS_SnowSquall".
  • Installation Instructions: CHY WOC Winter Simulation Case Install instructions
  • Begining the Simulation: Once installed, you can access the instructions for starting the simulation in the WDTD Training Resources page (Applications (top left) > WDTD > WDTD Training Resources) on the WES machine. Once there, you click the "WOC Winter Simulation (CYS 2019-01-27) Materials". Follow the instructions from there to complete this portion of the course.
Archives

Brief Description: This section contains old-lessons and material.

Delivery Method: Asynchronous instructor-led web modules

Content:

  • Conveyor Belts: The Latest: Web Version | LMS Version