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

Our Mission

The Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) develops and delivers training on the integrated elements of the warning process involving a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office and its partners. WDTD instructors develop and deliver a variety of in-residence, teletraining, and on-line asynchronous training content to meet this mission. Our primary goal is to increase expertise among NOAA/NWS personnel and their core partners so that they can better serve the public during warning operations.

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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer



Radar & Applications Course

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The Radar & Applications Course (RAC) covers radar theory, operations of the radar, and the integration of current meteorological techniques with dual-polarization radar capabilities.

Warning Operations Course

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The Warning Operations Course provides training on advanced warning decision making (WDM) principles over a variety of topics.

Seasonal Readiness Training

Seasonal Readiness is a concept analogous to spring training in baseball: train as you play. WDTD provides several tools to support local offices integrate a variety training into their seasonal training plans.

Multi-Radar\Multi-Sensor Training

MRMS represents a whole new way to use key inputs into warning and forecast decision-making for public, hydrological and aviation service sectors of the NWS and its core partners.

RDA/RPG Build Training

WDTD has delivered training on the WSR-88D Radar Product Generator (RPG) and Radar Data Acquisition Unit (RDA) since the system was initially fielded.

AWIPS Training

WDTD develops training on new warning decision-making related functionality (and updates to existing functionality) for AWIPS-II.

Storm of the Month

The Warning Decision Storm of the Month webinars are short presentations that focus on a single event or topic. The purpose of these informal webinars is to provide National Weather Service forecasters a means to share lessons learned and best practices on warning operations.