MountainWeather Courses
Course Descriptions Course Dates
Locations
& Host

Lightning Safety
Time= 1.5 Hours
Cost= $15 per person
This course provides important information on how thunderstorms develop, what to watch for during
the day as clouds develop, and the early warning signs of dangerous thunderstorm activity.
Facts and myths about lightning will be discussed, as well as, vital information on how to avoid - or at
least reduce your chances - of being struck by lightning, whether in the backcountry or on the ballfield.


Registration: TCJP&R or call 307-733-5056

June 11, 2015
Teton Co Park & Rec Jackson,WY
 

Field Weather Forecasting
Time= 2 Days
Cost= $385

This weather course will provide the avid outdoor user with three essential skills:
1) Basic understanding of meteorology and how the weather works.
2) Ability to interpret various weather maps and forecast products for pre-trip planning.

3) Utilization of field weather forecasting techniques while out on an extended adventure.

This course will explain how the atmosphere works, how storms develop, define fronts, jet streams,
and high & low pressure, and also how the weather interacts with terrain. Participants will learn how
interpret basic weather maps, including: satellite, radar, and surface maps. Along with learning how
weather forecasts are made, participants will learn and how to make a better assessment of the current
and forecasted weather, in order to be better prepared, prior to launching into the field. Students will then learn how to assess and track the changes in the weather for signs of worsening or improving conditions once in the field. Course will be applicable to variety of climate regions, with a concetration on California
and West Coast weather
.

Registration: Triple Aught Design (registation available through TAD website.)
 


New Dates!
January 23 & 24, 2016
Triple Aught Design
San Francisco, CA

 


Basic Mountain Weather
Time= 1 Day or 2-Evenings
Cost= (TBD)

This course begins by explaining how the weather 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. Students will learn how to interpret the basic
weather maps, including: satellite and radar, surface maps and observations, and some 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.


Registration: (No course currently scheduled, contact: MountainWeather)
 

Mountain Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days
Cost= (TBD)

This course focuses on the basics of mountain meteorology and forecasting. This course will begin with general meteorology as a foundation for understanding of how the atmosphere works. Students will learn how to read and interpret all pertinent weather maps and computer models to be able to make their own local weather forecast. Orographics and how the mountains in general interact with the weather. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give the students hands-on experience.

Note: This course can be customized to focus on a specific geographic region and is the perfect choice for ski patrols, avalanche forecasters, & mountain guide services looking to host their own course for their particular workgroup.

Registration: (No course currently scheduled, contact: MountainWeather)

Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2 1/2 Days
Cost=  $400

This two and one-half day course covers basic meteorology and explains how the atmosphere works.
Students will then learn how to read and interpret all the basic 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.
By the end of this course students should feel comfortable interpreting most weather maps and making
their own forecast for their local mountain area.
This course can be especially useful for personnel
involved in making short-term mission-critical weather forecasts for mountainous terrain, such as
mountain guides, ski guides, or avalanche forecasters.


Registration: American Avalanche Institute
 

Oct. 2-4, 2015
Jackson, WY

Oct. 9-11
Salt Lake City, UT

Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2 Days
Cost=  $450

This course begins where the original Winter Weather Forecasting Course leaves off, concentrating
on more advanced meteorological subjects, more mountain weather forecasting techniques, and more

hands-on forecasting practice. Students will be introduced to additional analysis tools and computer
model interpretation techniques. You will learn how to organize the forecast process utilizing the most
pertinent weather products to create your own forecast for your specific area most efficiently.

By the end of this course you should have all the skills necessary to be capable of making a weather
forecast for almost any mountain environment.


Note: The Mountain Weather Forecasting or the Winter Weather Forecasting course
is a prerequisite to taking the Advanced course.

Registration: Click → American Avalanche Institute to register.
 

Oct. 17 & 18, 2015
Jackson, WY



 
Advanced Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2 Days
Cost=  $535

This course continues building upon the material in the Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting Course,
and will include more advanced meteorological subjects, more mountain weather forecasting techniques, and more hands-on forecasting practice for Alaska.

(See the Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting course description above).

Note: Either the Mountain Weather Forecasting or the Winter Weather Forecasting course
is a prerequisite to taking the Advanced course.


Registration: Click → Alaska Avalanche School for info & online registration.



Nov. 7 & 8, 2015
Anchorage, AK
 

Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2 1/2 Days
Cost= 

This course's primary focus is on winter weather forecasting in Alaska. It will benefit anyone with a
strong interest in weather and making better decisions for their outdoor activities and will be most
beneficial to personnel involved in making mission-critical weather forecasts in mountainous terrain.
This course begins with basic meteorology as a foundation for understanding of how the atmosphere
works. Orographics and how the mountain ranges of Alaska interact with the weather will be explored in-depth. Students will learn how to read and interpret all the pertinent weather maps and computer
models, with an emphasis on products readily available for Alaska. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give students as much hands-on experience as possible.

 


(No course scheduled for 2015)
   
 

 

Military Weather Courses

Mountain Weather Forecasting

MountainWeather™ meteorologist Jim Woodmencey developed a Mountain Weather Forecasting Course for the United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWT) back in 2010. This course was specifically designed for military weather forecasters and is an intensive two-days of classroom training that focuses on techniques for forecasting weather in complex mountainous terrain throughout the world.

To schedule a course for your military unit or Special Operations Team, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed here:
For more information via e-mail: jim@mountainweather.com
By phone: 307-739-9282


A number of other weather and avalanche courses are also available to U.S. military groups through a collaborative effort between MountainWeather and the American Avalanche Institute.

Click here to see descriptins of these courses offered through AAI: Avalanche Course
 


MountainWeather™ has proudly provided Training Courses to these Military Units
 
USAF 18th Weather Squadron, Det 4 ASOG, Ft. Campbell, KY
USAF 212th Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
USAF 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, Kentucky ANG, Louisville, KY
USAF  Special Operations Weather Team,  Hurlburt Field, FL
USAF 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
USAF 23rd Weather Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command, FL
USAF 1SOSS/OSW Special Operations Support Squadron
USAF 125th Special Tactics 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