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
- Two new distance learning courses are available from COMET covering tropical cyclone forecasting and communication, with one course focusing on storm surge (consisting of 4 lessons) and the other focusing on winds (consisting of 3 lessons). Both courses are available as curricula in the NWS Commerce Learning Center and can be found by searching for "forecasting and communication". (11/23/15)
- COMET has announced the publication of Use of Probabilistic Guidance in Local Tropical Cyclone Wind Forecasting. This one-hour lesson describes the role of forecasters in supporting emergency managers during tropical cyclone events. Learners will practice interpreting wind speed guidance and conveying appropriate information to decision-makers using projected scenarios of hazardous wind events. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (11/20/15)
- COMET has published Introduction to Climatology for the Tropical Pacific Islands. This 1.5-hour lesson provides an introduction to the key features influencing climate in the tropical Pacific, including El Nino, the Madden-Julian Oscillation, and monsoons. To access this lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (10/28/15)
- COMET has published the new Vertical Transport chapter of the 2nd edition of the online textbook, Introduction to Tropical Meteorology. The publication of this chapter completes the textbook. To access this chapter/lesson in the NWS Commerce Learning Center, click here. (10/08/15)
- 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 the 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)
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