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QuikSCAT Winds

Ross Van Til - Forecast Decision Training Branch

with contributions from Dan Lindsey, Roger Edson, Dr. Michael Freilich, the Naval Research Lab, the COMET Program, Dr. Paul Chang, and Joe Sienkiewicz


This teletraining session was updated in May 2008, and replaces the previous QuikSCAT Winds session. New material includes displaying and interpreting high resolution QuikSCAT data in AWIPS OB 8.3, and expanded extratropical cyclone applications.

Learning Objectives:


This is a basic course. There are no prerequisites.

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students - to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Web-based video that can be taken at anytime (streamed, not recommended for low-bandwidth users). Be sure to have your speakers on and the volume loud enough to hear the presentation. Also be sure that you are using a flash enabled browser.
  2. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) - This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (70 MB) from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

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