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Professional Competency Unit 4: Interpret and Apply Locally CPC Products
Producers: Andrea Bair, NWS Western Region Headquarters

Training Need: NWS staff must create a seamless suite of products and services which account for local factors on varied spatial and temporal scales. Application of CPC products and methods is required to incorporate climate information into local studies.

Training Objective: NWS staff must extend their knowledge of CPC products and services into locally-tailored products, services and studies.

Specific Job Task Skills and Knowledge

1. Incorporate CPC short range climate forecasts into local forecast products and services.
2. Using knowledge of relevant statistical analysis techniques, conduct studies to apply CPC products locally.
3. Add local detail to CPC forecasts.

Instructional Components

Instructional Component 4.1: Local Climatology (residence training on Climate Variability)

Instructional Component 4.2: Local 3-Month Temperature Outlook (L3MTO)

  • Webcast on L3MTO: Product Motivation and Methodology
  • Webcast on L3MTO: Product Format and Interpretation
  • Lecture on WFO Operational Duties on L3MTO Customer Services (residence training on Climate Variability)
  • Guidelines on WFO Operational Duties on L3MTO Delivery

    Instructional Component 4.3: Local Climate Studies

  • Webcast on Creating a Local Climate Product Using Composite Analysis
  • Online Tutorial in PDF format on Composite Analysis
  • Online training modules on Local Climate Analysis Tool (LCAT) Introduction, data, methods, and applications
  • Local Climate Product: Three Month Outlook of Local El Nino / La Nina Impact: Methodology, Climate Studies, Operational Organization, Customer Services (residence training on Climate Variability)


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