Weather Courses for 2014

MAY

Field Forecasting Course

Dates: May 31 & June 1, 2014  (2 Days, 16 Hours)
Location: San Francisco, CA
Class Size: 18
Cost: $265
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Registration: Contact Triple Aught Design follow this hyperlink to register...
Triple Aught Design-CORE

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JUNE

Introduction to Mountain Weather:
Basic Meteorology & Reading Weather Maps


(Summer Version)

Dates:  June 10 & 12; Tues. & Thurs.
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM  (6-Hours total)
Location: Center for the Arts, Jackson,WY
Class Size: Limited to 16
Instructor: Jim Woodmencey, meteorologist
Cost: $85
Registration: Call Central Wyoming College, Jackson Outreach Center to register
307-733-7425 

Course Description:
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.

 

Reading Mountain Weather

Dates: June 19, 2014  (1.5 hours)
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Location: Jackson, WY
Class Size:
Cost: $15
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Registration:  Teton County-Jackson Parks & Recreation. Use Course code #8087.
Website for more info: www.tetonparksandrec.org
Phone: 307-739-9025

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Lightning Safety

Dates: June 26, 2014  (1 hour)
Time: 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: Jackson, WY
Class Size:
Cost: $12
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Registration:  Teton County-Jackson Parks & Recreation. Use Course code #8088.
Website for more info: www.tetonparksandrec.org
Phone: 307-739-9025

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OCTOBER

Winter Weather Forecasting Course

Dates: October 10 to 12, 2014  (2 1/2 Days, 20 Hours)
Location: Jackson, WY
Class Size: 18
Cost:
Instructors: Meteorologists Jim Woodmencey & Jamie Yount.
Registration: Contact the American Avalanche Institute, follow this hyperlink to register...
AAI Winter Weather Forecasting Course

Course Description:
Avalanche forecasters, ski patrols, mountain or ski guides, or anyone with a keen interest in the weather will benefit from this course. This course will focus on winter weather forecasting, primarily for personnel involved in making short term (3 to 5 day) mission-critical weather forecasts, for mountainous terrain.
This course will begin with some basic meteorology and an understanding of how the atmosphere works. Students will learn how to read and interpret all the various weather maps and computer models necessary to make their own forecast. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give the students as much hands-on experience as possible.The final day will include a comprehensive weather forecasting exercise for a mountainous area of your choice.

Powerpoint presentations in the classroom will be supplemented by “live” looks at weather maps and products via the internet. Laptops will be used in groups of 2 or 3 students for the daily forecasting exercises. Each student is encouraged to bring a laptop with wireless internet capability.

Please spend some time, familiarizing yourself with some of the weather maps on the internet. Most of the maps and charts we will utilize in this course can be found through the website www.mountainweather.com


A special page, “MountainWeather-Lite”, was created especially for this course, and will be the main source of weather maps used during this course. Link directly here:
MountainWeather-Lite
 

Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting Course

Dates: October 17 to 19, 2014  (2 1/2 Days, 20 Hours)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Class Size:
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey
Registration: Through the American Avalanche Institute
 

Course Description:
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.

 

NOVEMBER


ALASKA - Winter Weather Forecasting Course

Dates: November 7 to 9, 2014
Location: Anchorage, AK at Alaska Pacific University
Class Size: Limited to 15
Cost: $500
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.
Registration: Hosted by the Alaska Avalanche School

For more info or to register.....
e-mail: alaskaavalanche@mac.com
phone: 907-345-0878

Course Description:
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.

 

DECEMBER

Introduction to Mountain Weather:
Basic Meteorology & Reading Weather Maps

(Winter Version)

Dates:  December 3 & 10; two Wednesday nights
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM  (6-Hours total)
Location: Center for the Arts, Jackson,WY
Class Size: Limited to 16
Instructor: Jim Woodmencey, meteorologist
Cost: $85
Registration: Call Central Wyoming College, Jackson Outreach Center to register
307-733-7425 

Course Description:
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.
 


Other Courses

MountainWeather™ offers customized weather courses for private and military groups, for the weather novice or for trained meteorologists. Professional guides, outdoor educators, summer camp staff, pilots, mountaineers, or just about any outdoor enthusiast would benefit from learning more about the weather.

Topics may include: basic meteorology,  reading weather maps, mountain weather forecasting, avalanche weather forecasting, thunderstorm and lightning safety, field weather forecasting. Short courses from a couple hours to all day, or longer multi-day courses can be designed to meet your needs.

MountainWeather™ has also developed a Mountain Weather Forecasting Course for trained military weather forecasters. This course is an intensive, full two day class that focuses on forecasting weather in mountainous terrain throughout the world.

Call or e-mail meteorologist Jim Woodmencey if you are interested in organizing a custom weather course for your workgroup or area.

307-739-9282
jim@mountainweather.com


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