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Welcome to the NWS Training Portal! This portal is designed to provide access to all NWS training, including course listings, course descriptions, training schedules, and online materials. Our goal is to provide you with one stop shopping for training! If you have suggestions for improvements, or note any errors, please use the webmasters link at the bottom of the page to share them with the Portal team.

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  • COMET has published Statistical Methods in the NWS National Blend of Global Models Part 2.  Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of the National Blend of global Models (NBM) provide forecasts for precipitation, relative humidity, cloud ceiling heights, surface visibility, and ocean wind speed and direction.  This lesson introduces learners to the UnRestricted Mesoscale Analysis (URMA, the analysis of record) used to calibrate the NBM's bias and error estimates.  Learners will also explore the bias correction, weighting, and post-processing procedures used to produce the new forecast elements.  To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (08/14/17)

  • COMET has published WPC Rainfall Guidance for Tropical Cyclones.  This 30-45 minute lesson introduces learners to the challenges in predicting precipitation associated with tropical cyclones.  It also provides an overview of the deterministic and probabilistic rainfall guidance products issued by the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) to forecast TC-related precipitation.  Learners work through a TC case to practice interpreting the guidance correctly and communicating the precipitation threat.  To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (08/10/17)

  • COMET has published Communicating Impacts and Mitigation for Wind Chill and Extreme Cold.  This 20-30 minute lesson describes the potential impacts of cold wind chill values and extremely cold temperatures, and explores ways forecasters can communicate the impacts of these weather events along with mitigation strategies.  To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (07/21/17)

  • COMET has published Forecasting Aviation Convective Impacts with INSITE.  The INSITE Tool (INtegrated Support for Impacted air-Traffic Environments) has been developed to improve NWS convective impact forecasts by providing functionality that enables forecasters to include more precise impact areas in aviation convective weather forecast products.  The tool lets forecasters identify constraints to the National Airspace System by combining forecast weather and air-traffic data.  This 45-minute lesson follows an approach for using INSITE from a national and regional-level perspective.  To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (07/12/17)

  • COMET has published Fire Weather Forecasting: Clear Communications, Second Edition.  This lession introduces forecasters to the communication strategies used for decision support services during wildland fire incidents.  It also serves as a baseline for practices that leverage unique NWS capabilities to assist land management, firefighting, and emergency management entities in critical decision-making.  Learners will work through a simulation to see the effects of their communication choices on decisions made by fire personnel.  To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (06/20/17)

  • 2017 Tropical Training is now available in the Commerce Learning Center.  The 2017 Tropical Operations curricula is targeted for coastal WFOs while the 2017 Inland Tropical Operations curricula is targeted for inland WFOs.  See the Tropical Training Page for more info. (04/18/17)


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