Gain Valuable Knowledge and Expertise

Whether you use radar data in the field of broadcasting or in some other capacity, you are likely using a suite of relatively new dual-polarization products. These products can help immensely in the identification of severe weather threats, precipitation type, and precipitation accumulation. However, they are complex. Their proper interpretation requires training and experience.

Now, for the first time ever, the University of Oklahoma Office of Weather Programs and Projects (OWPP) is offering a training course using award-winning materials co-developed by the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies and the Warning Decision Training Branch. Through this course, YOU can receive some of the SAME training forecasters of the National Weather Service receive.

A Unique Two-Part Learning Experience

The course consists of a unique two-part learning experience:

1: A series of online modules co-developed by WDTB and CIMMS staff. These online modules, completed remotely by you over 8 weeks, will provide you with a thorough understanding of dual-polarization technology, products, and applications.

2: Following completion of the modules, the course will culminate in a two-day hands-on workshop, held at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma. Here, you will participate in interactive forecast-operations exercises to apply your newly acquired dual-polarization knowledge in making warning decisions. Staff will provide coaching and mentoring as you work through simulations based on real-world events.

WDTB and OWPP are located within the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma, which is home to over 500 personnel in the weather industry spanning federal, state, and local offices, as well as the education and R&D efforts of the University's meteorology programs.

Spring 2015 Course Information


Friday, January 2: Online registration is open

Monday, February 2: Course Access to Online Modules Begins

Monday, March 23: Online Modules Completion Deadline

Friday/Saturday, March 27/28: Hands-on Workshop & Certification, held at the National Weather Center in Norman, Oklahoma


The cost per registration is $500.00*. This cost does not cover travel, ground, lodging or meal expenses during the two-day workshop in Norman, Oklahoma.

*Are you a current member of the National Weather Association? Save 10%! Course completion can be used to earn CEU credits toward NWA Seal recertification.

**Are you a current member of the American Meteorological Society? The American Meteorological Society has determined that successful completion of this course will provide eight professional development credits for Certified Broadcast Meteorologists and Certified Consulting Meteorologists.


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Seats are extremely limited, so register today! Questions? E-mail nrobertson@ou.edu, or call 405-325-6375.


**DISCLAIMER: This course is fully a University of Oklahoma effort. This course does not replace any training offered by the National Weather Service, nor is this course endorsed by the NWS, CIMMS or WDTB.

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