Upcoming Weather Courses 2014
Winter Weather Forecasting
Dates: October 10 to 12, 2014 (2 1/2 Days, 20 Hours)
Location: Jackson, WY
Class Size: 18
Instructors: Meteorologists Jim Woodmencey & Jamie Yount.
Registration: Contact the American Avalanche Institute, follow this hyperlink to register...
AAI Winter Weather Forecasting Course
Avalanche forecasters, ski patrollers, 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
Dates: October 17 to 19, 2014 (2 1/2 Days, 20 Hours)
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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.
ALASKA - Winter Weather Forecasting Course
Dates: November 8 to 10, 2014 (Saturday-Sunday-Monday)
Location: Anchorage, AK at Alaska Pacific University
Class Size: Limited to 15
Instructor: Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.
Registration: Hosted by the Alaska Avalanche School
Note: New schedule and info on this year's course wil be posted on the Alaska Avalanche School website sometime later in September....... in the meantime, you can e-mail the folks at AAS email@example.com for more info, or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about the course.
For more info or to register.....
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.
Introduction to Mountain Weather:
Basic Meteorology & Reading Weather Maps
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
Registration: Call Central Wyoming College, Jackson Outreach Center to register
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.
Custom courses can be arranged for your workgroup or US 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.
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|