NOAA/National Weather Service's Warning Decision Training BranchUnited States Department of Commerce


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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer

About the Warning Decision Training Division

Our Mission

The Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) develops and delivers training on the integrated elements of the hazardous weather warning process within a National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office. Training activities provide basic and advanced WSR-88D operator proficiency within the integrated data environment, including warning methodology and situation awareness. Our goal is to increase expertise among NWS personnel in order to better serve the public in hazardous weather warning situations.

Our Staff

Administrative Staff:

  • Division Chief: Ed Mahoney
  • Program Analysit: Kelly Thomason
  • Team Lead/Meteorologist Instructor: Brad Grant
  • Team Lead/Meteorologist Instructor: James LaDue

Federal Meteorologist Instructors:

  • Justin Gibbs
  • Michael Magsig
  • Robert Prentice

Cooperative Institute (OU/CIMMS) Affiliates:

  • Alyssa Bates
  • Jill Hardy
  • Eric Jacobsen
  • Dale Morris
  • Stephen Mullens
  • Thao Pham
  • Matthew Sienkiewicz
  • Chris Spannagle
  • Stas Speransky
  • Ali Virani
  • Phil Ware
  • Andy Wood
  • Brad Workman
  • Alex Zwink

Other Affiliates:

  • Andre Reddington
  • Ricky Reyes