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Integrated Sensor Training (IST) Professional Development Series

Unit 7: AWIPS Multi-source Data Displays

Instructional Component 7.2.1

Using AWIPS to Evaluate Model Initializations

Rich Grumm and Brian Motta

Other Contributors:

Tony Mostek, Bob Aune, Chris Velden, Ben Ruston, Pete Manousos, Mel Shapiro, Dolores Kiessling, Liz Page, FSL RAOB Database

Reviewers/Beta Tests:

Scott Bachmeier, Dave Reynolds, Steve Harned, Reid Hawkins, Steve Zubrick, Rose Miller, Neil Stuart, Pete Manousos, Scott Reynolds, Jeff Tongue, Kermit Keeter, Larry Lee, Carin Goodall, Dan Baumgardt, Josh Korotky, and Dan Cobb.

1) Introduction

    The material in this session is designed to increase your understanding of model initializations and how observations can be used to improve model evaluation/forecasting skills. The characteristics of the model initializations, model forecasts, and satellite (and other observations) will be examined.
2) Prerequisites
    Images in Weather Forecasting

      Please read (mostly pictures):
        A) Page 1 (un-numbered): Section 3 Numerical Model Analysis-The role of Human Intervention
        B) Page 120-130 : Section 3.4.1 - 3.4.3 Interpreting Features Associated with Baroclinic Troughs
        C) Page 176-184 : Section 4.4 Instant (pseudo) Occlusions
        D) Page 206-212 : Section 5.1 Cloud Signatures Preceding Cyclogenesis
        E) Page 214 : Section 5.2 Schematics of Cold-air Cyclogenesis
        F) Page 222 : Section 5.2 Schematics of Instant Occlusion Cyclogenesis
        G) Page 233 : Section 5.2 Schematics of Split Flow Cyclogenesis
        H) Page 238 : Section 5.2 Schematics of Meridional Trough Cyclogenesis
        I) Page 252 : Section 5.2 Scematics of Flat Trough, Diffluent Flow Cyclogenesis
        J) Page 260 : Section 5.2.3 Schematics of Induced Wave Cyclogenesis
        K) Page 267 : Section 5.2.4 Schematics of Flat Trough, Confluent Flow Cyclogenesis
        L) Page 282-286 : Section 5.2.5 Summary of Types of Cylcogenesis
        An understanding of the basic conceptual models of cyclogenesis. (see above)

      Prerequisite question: What type of cyclogenesis occurred in the 24-25 Jan 2000 event ?
      (Please be ready to answer this question during the training session.)

3) Teletraining Installation Instructions

4) Training Session Options:

    A.) The interactive VISITview training session. (To be used with a VISIT instructor leading the session ). Click here to signup for teletraining. The session will last 90 minutes. This teletraining session uses the VISITview software, where Windows PC (with 64 MB RAM or greater) with an Internet connection is needed.

    B.) Web-based training session - a "stand alone" version viewed via a Web browser, . This lesson version may be viewed at any time. These slides are ideal for printing from the web-browser, just print preview first to choose portrait or landscape mode. Best viewed with Internet Explorer or Netscape (prior to version 6).

    C.) Web-based VISITview session - This version uses the VISITview software within a Web browser, may be viewed at any time. It retains all the functionality of the VISITview software which you see in a "live" teletraining session. The talking points are not included in this lesson.

    D.) Local VISITview session - This is the same version of the lesson used in a "live" VISITview teletraining session, but no connection is made to an external VISITview server. You may download the file from this page and go through the lesson on your own in "local mode" by starting the "visitlocal.bat" file. Talking points are not included in this lesson.

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