NWS Training Portal
Welcome to the NWS Training Portal! This portal is designed to provide access to all NWS training, including course listings, course descriptions, training schedules, and online materials. Our goal is to provide you with one stop shopping for training! If you have suggestions for improvements, or note any errors, please use the webmasters link at the bottom of the page to share them with the Portal team.
Skillsoft courses are available via the Commerce Learning Center.
News & Announcements
- COMET has published Introduction to the National Blend of Global Models. This short lesson (<30 min) includes audio recordings from Dr. Louis Uccellini, NWS Director, describing the motivation and advantages of the National Blend of Global Models. The Blend will launch nationally at the end of 2015, utilizing the best available science to provide a consistent starting basis for forecast grids across the contiguous U.S. The lesson includes comparisons of Blend forecasts with current guidance and offers a short summary of future plans and Blend-related training. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (10/02/15)
- COMET has published HYSPLIT Applications for Emergency Decision Support, 2nd Edition. Like the first version, this 3-4-hour lesson discusses the responsibilities of the NWS forecaster in the event of a chemical release. This includes effectively communicating with the emergency response community, supplying appropriate meteorological information, and running HYSPLIT/ALOHA dispersion model as needed. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (09/23/15)
- COMET has published Ship-based Sea and Lake Ice Observing. This 2.5-hour lesson addresses where sea and lake ice is found, how it develops, and how to observe and report it as a part of standard ship-based weather reporting procedures. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (09/21/15)
- COMET has published Tropical Cyclone Forecast Uncertainty. This ~40 minute lesson introduces the errors that exist in forecasting the track, timing, and intensity of tropical cyclones. It provides an overview of how the National Hurricane Center's cone of uncertainty is constructed, as well as its applicability and common misconceptions. Learners will explore the influences of track, timing, and intensity forecast errors on potential impacts. Suggestions on how to communicate tropical cyclone forecasts knowing the inherent uncertainty throughout the event is also discussed. The intended audience includes forecasters, emergency managers, and others with general interest in tropical cyclone impacts. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (09/15/15)
- COMET has published Using Scatterometer Wind and Altimeter Wave Estimates in Marine Forecasting. This one-hour lesson describes the basics of scatterometers and altimeters, including how they work, what they measure, and how scatterometer wind and altimeter wave height estimates are derived. It then discusses some of the challenges in using the estimates, such as dealing with ambiguities and rain contamination. Numerous opportunities to interpret the data are provided, both in the main section and the case studies. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (08/19/15)
- COMET has published Introduction to Meteorological Charting. This 30-45 minute lesson offers an introduction to surface and upper air observations, and how these data are presented on meteorological charts. Using examples from both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the lesson examines how basic charts and analyses can reveal the locations of major weather features. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (07/30/15)
- COMET has published Use of Probabilistic Surge Guidance in Local Storm Surge Forecasting. This 45-60 minute lesson introduces forecasters to the probabilistic storm surge guidance used by the National Weather Service to assess local surge threat and impacts. It will provide practice in determining the chance that critical surge thresholds may be reached or exceeded and when this is most likely to occur. Developing a public message that includes important potential surge values, threats, and impacts information will also be explored. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (07/29/15)
- The NWSTC has announced the publication of the Observational Programs Overview Course. This introductory course is open to any NOAA or NWS employee who wishes to learn the importance of NWS observational data and information about each manual observing program. Click here to access this course in the NWS Learn Center. (08/06/14)
- NWSTC has announced the publication of the AWIPS-2 System Admin Deployment Refresher Course. This review course is designed for students who have taken the NWSTC residence course "A2SADEP" and need a refresher of the course material before deployment at their site. Click here to access this course in the LMS. (04/01/14)
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