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Commerce Learning Center

WELCOME: This portal is designed to provide access to all NWS training, including course listings, course descriptions, training schedules, and online materials.

Our Mission

The Office of the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) provides professional and technical training to enable NWS employees to reach optimum performance in present assignments and future responsibilities. The Office goals are to teach job-specific, communication, leadership and practical skills for all employees; teach latest scientific and technical concepts to support research to operations; emulate the NWS working field environment in an educational setting; and provide students the ability to work and experiment with concepts or equipment off-line as part of learning.

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News & Announcements

  • COMET has published NBM v3.2 Winter Weather Guidance. This lesson provides forecasters information on how NBM v3.2 guidance is developed and used as probabilistic guidance in forecasting winter weather. At the end of the lesson, students are asked to use the guidance in a few winter weather case examples, to demonstrate the effective use of these Blend products. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here.

  • COMET has published NBM v3.2 Modified Blend Methods and New Model Components. NBM version 3.2 is expected to be released operationally in December 2019. This lesson describes updates to blending methods for some existing weather elements, the addition of several new model components, and improvements to the resolution of other components. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (10/30/19)

  • COMET has published Probabilistic Forecasting of Winter Weather. This lesson addresses the application of the NWS High-Resolution Ensemble Forecast (HREF) to an early season winter storm in the New York City region. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (10/18/19)

  • Recorded sessions from the 2019 NWS Satellite User Applications Workshop are now available. Within these 12 sessions, NWS forecasters shared success stories, best practices, and ongoing challenges associated with integrating next-generation satellite products into the operational forecaster's decision-making process. To access these sessions in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (08/18/19)

  • WDTD has released a new WES simulation for the FY19 Warning Operations Course -- Flash Flood Track (WOC Flash Flood). Forecasters will apply WOC Flash Flood concepts in an operational context in a two-part simulation. The first application focuses on applying meteorological conceptual models and ingredients for a short-term forecast. The second application focuses on the warning decision-making process and conveying the threat in Flash Flood Warning products in a displaced real-time (DRT) environment. Forecasters will use a variety of tools and products to perform the tasks, including GFE, WarnGen, FFMP, MRMS, and FLASH. To request this simulation, please contact the WDTD WOC Flash Flood Team. (07/25/19)

  • COMET has published Critical Fire Weather Patterns. In this lesson, learners explore the alignment of meteorological and non-meteorological factors that create Critical Fire Weather Patterns. Several scenarios step learners through the decision-making processes for identifying the presence of a Critical Fire Weather Pattern and communicating with partners using terminology familiar to them. To access this lesson in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (07/25/19)

  • COMET has published What's New in NBM v3.2. This short video describes the NWS National Blend of Models v3.2 upgrade, which is scheduled for November 2019. To access this video in the Commerce Learning Center, click here. (05/21/19)

  • The Satellite Foundational Course for JPSS (SatFC-J) is now available in the Commerce Learning Center. This 6-8 hour course contains an orientation and 13 lessons to bring forecasters, the scientific community, and others up-to-date on the capabilities of the JPSS/NOAA-20 satellite. The JPSS satellite series introduces a variety of new and improved capabilities compared to previous NOAA satellites, and this course was designed to promote full integration of this new observation capability into NWS operations. For non-NOAA employees, the SHyMet SatFC-J course is available. (03/15/19)

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