Core Forecasting Skills

Four, three-day courses, each is aimed at a specific forecasting interest

The Core Forecasting Skills programme is made up of four, three-day courses. Each is aimed at a specific forecasting interest.

Location: Courses are held in the excellent Met Office College facilities at our Exeter headquarters or at a location of your choice.

 The four courses within the programme are as follows:

Satellite Imagery Interpretation

Aim: To improve a forecaster's skill in the use of satellite imagery.

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • interpret satellite images in terms of dynamical processes and surface weather;
  • interpret water vapour imagery and describe its main uses in forecasting;
  • apply a range of synoptic conceptual models to appropriate imagery;
  • use imagery interpretation to verify and adjust Numerical Weather Prediction products;
  • recognise and explain a range of mesoscale phenomena in imagery;
  • discuss future developments in operational satellite products.

Using Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) Products

Aim: To help forecasters make better use of Met Office NWP products.

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • combine Met Office NWP forecasts, central guidance and your own knowledge and experience effectively;
  • demonstrate a range of techniques to verify NWP;
  • analyse and identify subsequent errors in the forecast products;
  • make allowances for model characteristics when using NWP products.

Summer forecasting

Aim: To help forecasters add value to NWP products when dealing with mesoscale features in summer.

On completion of this course you will be able to: 

  • demonstrate increased knowledge of summer mesoscale processes;
  • apply a range of conceptual models to summer weather situations;
  • apply a variety of mesoscale forecasting techniques to summer weather situations;
  • make more effective use of NWP products in summer.

Winter forecasting

Aim: To help forecasters add value to NWP products when dealing with winter weather situations.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • demonstrate an increased knowledge of winter mesoscale processes;
  • apply a range of conceptual models to winter weather situations;
  • apply a variety of mesoscale forecasting techniques to winter weather situations;
  • make more-effective use of NWP products in winter;
  • understand the issues involved with road meteorology and have a sound appreciation of the requirements of the Met Office's OpenRoad product.

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Last updated: 14 August 2012