Unit 2: Understanding Current Characteristics of Operational NWP Models
Top Ten Misconceptions about Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Models
Drs. Stephen Jascourt and William Bua (UCAR/COMET)
UCAR/COMET staff (graphics), Richard Cianflone, Andy Edman, Michael Staudenmaier, Tony Mostek, Brian Motta, Dan Bikos
3) Teletraining Installation Instructions
4) Training Session Options:
B.) Web-based training session - a "stand alone" version viewed via a Web browser, with embedded talking points included. 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 version, but can be viewed in a separate Web browser (or printed out beforehand).
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 off 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 version, but can be viewed in a separate Web browser ( or printed out beforehand).
E.) Audio playback - This VISITview file contains recorded audio and annotations and be taken at anytime. Certificates of completion for NOAA employees can be obtained through your Science Operation Officer or training point of contact. Click on the "visitauto.bat" file to start the audio playback lesson. For detailed information on how to view the recorded session click here.
You may either request a DVD (with all VISIT audio playback files) OR download the file (see instructions below):
Download the audio playback file for Windows at one of the following sites:
5) References/Additional Links
COMET NWP training course: http://meted.ucar.edu/nwp/course/
The course provides a pathway through the most important sections of these modules, but each can be viewed independently and in their entirety:
For specific information about the operational models (topography, resolution, physics parameterizations, data used in model analyses, etc.), use the one-stop shopping Operational Model Matrix page. This also has links to the above NWP training modules. (http://meted.ucar.edu/nwp/pcu2)
A series of case studies illustrating some operationally significant aspect of the NCEP models will be developed during mid-2001. The first is already online: When Good Models Go Bad: Eta, SSTs, and Prediction of the December 30, 2000 East Coast Snowstorm (http://meted.comet.ucar.edu/nwp/pcu3/cases/301200/index.htm)
6) Train the trainer
You may also download the talking points as a PDF document
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