This is an introductory course in mountain meteorology, which will explain how the atmosphere works and how it interacts with mountainous terrain. Participants will learn about high and low pressure, storm systems, the jet stream, as well as local orographic effects. Knowing what is causing the weather will enable you to better understand the meaning behind the weather forecast. Additionally, participants will learn how to interpret all the basic weather maps, including: satellite and radar, surface maps and observations, and upper air maps. Participants will learn how forecasts are made and how to utilize the wide variety of weather products available on the internet, for planning your outdoor pursuits.
Upcoming Weather Courses 2015
Advanced Winter Weather ForecastingDates: TBD
Class Size: limited to 12
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Registration: Through the American Avalanche Institute
This course will begin where the Winter Weather Forecasting Course leaves off, and will include more advance meteorological subjects, more mountain weather forecasting techniques, and more hands-on forecasting practice.
The first 1/2 day will be spent reviewing the most important aspects of weather map and computer model analysis, with a question and answer period to help explain any basic concepts that may still be unclear.
The remainder of this course will be spent introducing additional analysis tools and model interpretation techniques. We will also help you better organize your forecast process and teach you how to utilize all of the available weather products to create your own forecast for your specific area most efficiently.
By the end of this course you will be able to read and interpret almost any weather map, chart or model product available and you should have the skills necessary to feel comfortable making a weather forecast for almost any mountain environment.
This course will make use of both “live” weather data and on-line weather map scenarios of past winter storms during the forecast exercises.
The Winter Weather Forecasting Course is a pre-requisite to taking this advanced course. A college level meteorology course or an equivalent basic weather forecasting course, would also be an acceptable substitute pre-req course.
Some experience looking at weather maps on a regular basis and practice at making your own weather forecasts would also be helpful. Most of the maps and charts we will utilize in this course can be found on website www.mountainweather.com. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the all the Satellite & Radar, Surface Maps, Upper Air, and Computer Models pages in particular, prior to this course.
Each student must have a laptop computer with wireless internet capability.
Location: Anchorage, AK at Alaska Pacific University
Class Size: Limited to 15
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.
Registration: Hosted by the Alaska Avalanche School
This course will focus primarily on winter weather forecasting in Alaska. It will benefit anyone with a strong interest in weather and forecasting, but will be most beneficial to personnel involved in making mission-critical weather forecasts in mountainous terrain. This course will begin with some general meteorology as a foundation for understanding of how the atmosphere works. Orographics and how the mountains interact with the weather will be explored in-depth. Students will learn how to read and interpret all pertinent weather maps and computer models, with an emphasis on products available for Alaska. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give the students hands-on experience.
Military Mountain Weather Forecasting Courses
MountainWeather™ developed a Mountain Weather Forecasting Course for trained military weather forecasters. This course is an intensive two-days of training that focuses on techniques for forecasting weather in complex mountainous terrain throughout the world. See the following list of the U.S Military units that have received this training.
Contact us for more information via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact us by phone: 307-739-9282
MountainWeather™ has proudly provided Training Courses to these Military Units
|USAF 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida|
|USAF 23rd Weather Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command|
|USAF 1SOSS/OSW Special Operations Support Squadron|
|USAF 125th Special Tactical Squadron, Portland ANG, Oregon|
|USAF 18th Weather Squadron, Ft. Bragg/Pope-AFB, North Carolina|
|USAF 1st Weather Squadron, Ft. Lewis/McChord, Washington|
|USAF 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations, Ft. Bragg, NC|
|US Navy Special Warfare Support Activity Two, Joint Expeditionary Base, Virgina Beach, VA|
|USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California|
Custom courses can be arranged for your workgroup or U.S. Military unit, and can be arranged on an as needed basis. Focus for custom courses can be anything from basic weather safety, basic meteorology, reading and understanding weather maps, to forecasting weather in complex mountainous terrain.
Intensive 2 and 3-day Mountain Weather forecasting courses are designed for, and can be customized for, individual workgroups, and for specialized U.S. Military groups.
Call or e-mail meteorologist Jim Woodmencey if you are interested in organizing a custom weather course for your workgroup or area.