Weather Courses

 


MountainWeather offers a variety of weather courses for the general public and the United States Military. Scroll down for a  list of upcoming courses, as well as, other courses offered.

Why Take a Weather Course?
Any outdoor enthusiast would benefit from learning more about the weather. Increasing your weather knowledge will translate directly to an increased margin of safety during any venture into the outdoors.

If your job, and the safety of others, depends on the weather, then learning how to properly & accurately read the weather  is a must-have skill, especially for guides,  rescue groups, avalanche forecasters, pilots, etc.


2019 Courses

Winter Weather Forecasting

Description: This 2-Day course covers all the basics of meteorology and explains how the atmosphere works. Students will learn how to read and interpret all the 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:

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Dates: October 19 & 20, 2019
Location:
Jackson, WY
Registration Information:  American Avalanche Institute

 


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Dates: December 14 & 15, 2019
Location:
Jackson, WY
Registration Information:  American Avalanche Institute



Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting

Description: This 2-day 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 of interest. By the end of this course you should have all the skills necessary to be capable of making a detailed weather forecast for any mountain location around the world.

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

Scheduled Course:

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Dates: November 2 & 3, 2019
Location:
Jackson, WY
Registration Info: American Avalanche Institute



Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting

Description: This 2-Day course is similar to the WWF course described above, it also covers basic meteorology and how the atmosphere works, but is tailored to concentrate on Alaska’s weather. Students will learn how to read and interpret all the basic weather maps and computer models available for the Alaska region,  with be hands-on map reading and forecasting exercises each day.

This course is 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 Course:


Dates: Nov. 9 & 10, 2019
Location:
Anchorage, Alaska
Registration: Alaska Avalanche School



Basic Mountain Weather Forecasting

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.

This 2-Day course begins with some basic meteorology and an explanation of how the atmosphere works. How the weather interacts with mountainous terrain will be explored in detail. 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. This course then outlines techniques you can use to evaluate the weather once you are out in the field. Thunderstorm forecasting and lightning safety are also covered in this course.

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.

To schedule or sponsor a course for your company or work group, Contact:

jim@mountainweather.com



Other Custom Courses Available

  1. Intro to Mountain Weather: 1-day basic meteorology, map reading & orographics.
  2. Field Weather Forecasting: 1-day course for the outdoor enthusiast.
  3. Lightning Safety: 1 to 2 hour training session, for guide services, camp staff,  outdoor educators, utility workers, etc.
  4. Mountain Weather Forecasting: 2-day professional development course. Custom designed for a specific region or work-group (mountain guides, ski-patrols, avalanche forecasters, etc.)

Call or e-mail for more info, via link at bottom of page.



Military Weather Courses

Military Mountain Weather Forecasting
Time= 2-Days

This course is for military weather forecasters, including USAF, Navy & Marine Corps METOC groups. It is an intensive two-days of training that concentrates on the specialized techniques used for forecasting weather in mountainous terrain throughout the world. This course specifically addresses forecasting with limited data for remote areas.

Back in 2010, MountainWeather™ meteorologist Jim Woodmencey developed a Mountain Weather Forecasting Course for the United States Air Force Special Operations Weather Teams (SOWT’s). Over the years, this course has evolved to meet the changing needs of all military personnel  involved in weather forecasting over complex terrain.

To request more information or to schedule a course for your military unit, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.



Balloon Soundings & Skew-T Diagrams
Time = 1-Day

This 1-Day course is designed to assist military weather 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 available from Skew-T & Stueve plots, as well as, Hodographs for nowcasting and forecasting purposes.

To request more information or to schedule a course for your military unit, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.



Basic Military Mountain Weather Course
Time = 2-Days


This 2-Day course is designed for military personnel involved in weather-critical missions; such as, Para-rescue (PJ’s), Helo/C-130 pilots, combat controllers, or special operations teams. Increased knowledge about what is causing the weather and how it might be changing will ultimately lead to increased safety during field operations.

This course covers general meteorology as a foundation for understanding how the atmosphere works. Students will then learn how to read and interpret all pertinent weather maps and computer models, to be able to make a mission specific weather assessment. Specialized weather effects that occur over mountainous terrain will also be covered in detail, including those pertinent to aviation. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises during this course to provide some hands-on experience.

The final portion of this course will outline weather observation techniques that can be utilized in the field to make a forecast, when other forms of weather information are inaccessible.

To request more information or to schedule a course for your military unit, contact Jim at the e-mail or phone number listed at the bottom of this page.



Military Avalanche-Weather Forecasting Courses


Through a collaborative effort between MountainWeather and the American Avalanche Institute (AAI), customized courses are available to U.S. military weather personnel who may be tasked with forecasting for avalanche prone terrain in the mountains. Avalanche-Weather courses concentrate on the specific weather forecasting techniques used to determine the potential for snow avalanches and how to advise personnel operating on the ground in this terrain.

Normally, the 2-Day Mountain Weather Forecasting Course is taken prior to the Avalanche portion of the training. The Avalanche portion of the training can be between 3 to 8 days.

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



MountainWeather™ has proudly provided courses to the following Military Units:

  • US Marine Corps, 2d Marine Aircraft Wing, Cherry Point, NC
  • USAF 17th Operational Weather Squadron, Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI
  • USAF 23rd Operational Weather Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL
  • US Marine Corps, 2d Intelligence Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC
  • 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, 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 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
  • USAF 24th Special Tactics Squadron, Air Force Special Ops, Ft. Bragg, NC
  • USMC Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, CA


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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