Weather Courses

MountainWeather™ teaches a variety of weather courses for the general public and the United States Military. Scroll down for list of courses offered, as well as, dates and registration information for upcoming courses.

Why Take a Weather Course?
Any outdoor enthusiast could benefit from learning more about the weather. Increasing your knowledge about the weather will translate to increased safety during your adventures in the outdoors.

If your job, and the safety of others, depends on the weather,  then increasing your knowledge about the weather will increase your margin of safety.  Learning how to properly & accurately read the weather is a must-have skill for all guides, avalanche forecasters, backcountry skiers, climbers, mountaineers, rescue groups, pilots, etc.

For more info on weather courses, contact:
jim@mountainweather.com



2017-18 Weather Courses

Backcountry Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days

Description: Weather can make or break a trip into the mountains. Knowing how to properly analyze the weather, and make your own forecast, will give you an advantage when planning any trip. A more intimate understanding of the weather can maximize your chances for success and increase your margin of safety in the mountains.

Goals: This course will provide the student with these 3 essential skills:
1) Basic understanding of meteorology.
2) Ability to interpret weather maps and forecast products.
3) Techniques for weather forecasting while out in the mountains.

This course begins with some basic meteorology and an understanding of how the atmosphere works, and how the weather interacts with mountainous terrain. Students will learn how to read and interpret all the weather maps & forecast products necessary to make their own forecast, prior to launching into the field. Students will then learn how to assess and track changes in the weather, once out in the field.

Scheduled Courses:


Dates: TBD Fall 2018

Location: Bishop, CA

 


Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days
Cost=  $400

Description: This two day course covers basic meteorology and explains how the atmosphere works. Students will 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.

Goals:  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.

Scheduled Courses:
NOTICE: This course for 2017 is now FULL.

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Dates: October 28 & 29, 2017
Location:
Jackson, WY
Registration: American Avalanche Institute

 


Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days
Cost=  $460

Description: This course begins where the 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.

Goals: Learn how to organize and streamline the forecast process, utilizing the most pertinent weather products to create a forecast for your specific area. By the end of this course you should have all the skills necessary to be capable of making a detailed weather forecast for almost any mountain location.

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

Scheduled Courses:

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Dates: TBD, Fall 2018
Location:
TBD

 


Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days
Cost= $425

Description: This two day course covers basic meteorology and explains how the atmosphere works, and is specifically tailored to Alaska weather. Students will 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.

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.

Goals:  By the end of this course students should feel comfortable interpreting most weather maps and making their own forecast for their local mountain area.

Scheduled Courses:

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Dates: November 4th & 5th, 2017
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska
Registration:
Alaska Avalanche School

NOTICE: This course for 2017 is now FULL.



Alaska Advanced  Winter Weather Forecasting

Time= 2-Days
Cost=  $450

Description: 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: Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting course description).

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

Scheduled Courses:

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Dates: November 11th & 12th, 2017
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska
Registration:
Alaska Avalanche School

 



Custom Courses Available

  1. Intro to Mountain Weather: 1-day basic meteorology, map reading & orographics.
  2. Field Weather Forecasting: 1 or 2-day courses for the outdoor enthusiast.
  3. Lightning Safety: 1 to 2 hours training, for guides, camp staff, outdoor educators.
  4. Mountain Weather Forecasting: 2-day course for specific regions or work-groups.
  5. Mountain Weather for Mountain Guides: 2-day Professional Development Course.

Call or e-mail for more info, phone number & e-mail link at bottom of page.



Military Weather Courses

Mountain Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days
Cost=  Request a Quote

MountainWeather™ meteorologist Jim Woodmencey developed a Mountain Weather Forecasting Course for the United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWT’s) in 2010. This course has been re-designed over the years to meet the changing needs of military weather forecasters. This is an intensive two-days of classroom training that focuses on techniques for forecasting weather in complex mountainous terrain throughout the world, in remote areas with limited observational data.

To schedule a course for your military unit or Special Operations team, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.


Balloon Soundings & Skew-T Diagrams
Time= 2-Days
Cost=  Request a Quote

This course is designed to assist USAF forecasters with the interpretation of balloon sounding information and plots, from both the upper air sounding network, as well as, data received from portable balloon sounding equipment, such as the TASK system. Balloon sounding information is an advantageous tactical tool for accessing & forecasting cloud cover, temperature, precipitation, winds aloft, turbulence, as well a,s thunderstorms and severe weather.

The goal of this course is to become familiar & proficient at interpreting and applying the information that is available from Skew-T Plots & Hodographs for nowcasting and forecasting purposes.

To schedule a course for your military unit or Special Operations team, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.



Avalanche-Weather Forecasting
Time= 3 to 6 Days
Cost=  Request a Quote

There are several different courses available to U.S. Military groups through a collaborative effort between MountainWeather and the American Avalanche Institute (AAI).

Click to see descriptions of courses offered through AAI:
Avalanche Course



MountainWeather™ has proudly provided Training Courses to the following Military Units:

  • USAF 17th Operational Weather Squadron, Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
  • USAF 23rd Operational Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • US Navy Special Warfare Development Group, Virginia Beach, VA
  • USAF 720 STG Hurlburt, Field, FL
  • USAF 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Ft. Bragg, NC
  • USAF 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • USAF 352nd Special Operations Support Squadron, RAF-Mildenhall, U.K.
  • USAF 321st Special Tactics Squadron, Raf-Mildenhall, U.K.
  • USAF 18th Weather Squadron, Det 1. 10th Mountain Division, Ft. Drum, NY
  • USAF 210th Air Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
  • USAF 211th Air Rescue Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK
  • USAF 23rd Special Operations Weather Squadron, Ft. Campbell, KY
  • USAF 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, WA
  • 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 23rd Weather Squadron, Air Force Special Operations Command, FL
  • USAF 1SOSS/OSW Special Operations Support Squadron, FL
  • USAF 125th Special Tactics Squadron, Portland ANG, Oregon
  • USAF 18th Weather Squadron, Ft. Bragg/Pope-AFB, North Carolina
  • USAF 1st Weather Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington
  • USAF 10th Combat Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Florida
  • US Navy Special Warfare Support Activity Two, JEB, Virginia Beach, VA
  • USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, California
  • USAF 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Operations, Ft. Bragg, NC

 



Contact for Custom Courses:

 Meteorologist Jim Woodmencey

jim@mountainweather.com

Phone: 307-739-9282

MountainWeather :: P.0. Box 2221 Jackson, WY 83001 USA

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