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MRMS Products Course Updated for MRMS Version 12

Several lessons have been updated to reflect improvements made in MRMS Version 12 that is available via experimental data feeds as of August 2019. The updated lessons are mainly about hydro products, including dual-pol QPE, but a new Lightning Products lesson includes information about a new Lightning Jump product. Additionally, several reflectivity products lessons have been combined to eradicate redundancy.

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Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS)

 

Introduction

Welcome to the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) training page. The MRMS suite of products represents a different 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. MRMS was deployed operationally in October 2014 from the NCEP Central Operations suite of servers and made available to the NWS and the public through a variety of means. MRMS was integrated into AWIPS-2 in September 2015, further solidfying its use in warning operations. As a result, WDTD created products and applications training, the former of which is available on both this page and the Learning Management System (LMS).The applications lessons are no longer supported and are only available on this page. This page should be used as a resource to familiarize users with how MRMS is created, its products, and initial steps of applying them in operations. We update this page frequently to account for the latest upgrades to the MRMS suite, so check back occasionally.


MRMS Course Tracks

Below is a flowchart depicting the available MRMS course tracks. Depending on your job responsibilities, there are different tracks to take within the Products course:

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Use this flowchart to determine which tracks you wish to take.


 

Accessing the Lessons

Click on the panels below to access the content for each course track. There are two ways to access the training materials:
  • Web Version - Lesson streams from the WDTD web server and does not require log-in
  • LMS Version - Links to the NWS Learning Center (aka LMS); allows NWS employees to get completion credit, but log-in is required


MRMS Product Tracks

MRMS Products Course for WFO Forecasters (Version 11.5)

MRMS Overview

3D Reflectivity Cube

Reflectivity Products

Hail Products

Velocity-based Products

Lightning Products

Hydro Products

MRMS Products Course for WFO Forecasters (Version 12)

MRMS Overview

3D Reflectivity Cube

Reflectivity Products

Hail Products

Velocity-based Products

Lightning Products

Hydro Products

MRMS Hydro Products Course (Version 11.5)

NOTE: This track is meant for Hydro Focal Points, or the interested user. The three lessons below simply go into the details introduced in the "Hydro Products Overview" lesson. No person should take all four lessons (unless they want to see duplicate information).

MRMS Overview

Hydro Products

MRMS Hydro Products Course (Version 12)

NOTE: This track is meant for Hydro Focal Points, or the interested user. The three lessons below simply go into the details introduced in the "Hydro Products Overview" lesson. No person should take all four lessons (unless they want to see duplicate information).

MRMS Overview

Hydro Products

MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course (Version 11.5)

MRMS Overview

3D Reflectivity Cube

Reflectivity Products

Hail Products

Velocity-based Products

Lightning Products

MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course (Version 12)

MRMS Overview

3D Reflectivity Cube

Reflectivity Products

Hail Products

Velocity-based Products

Lightning Products

MRMS Full Products Course

Take everything from the Hydro and Severe/Aviation Products Courses.

FLASH Products Course

Overview - This course is designed for users wanting knowledge of Flooded Locations And Simulated Hydrographs (FLASH) products.

  • Model-Derived Products: Web Version | LMS Version
  • Comparison Products: Web Version | LMS Version

  • MRMS Applications Tracks

    MRMS Severe Applications Course

    PREREQUISITE: MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course

    MRMS Severe Applications

    • Screen and Rank Storms by Order of Threat: Coming Soon
    • Evaluation of Tornado Hazard: Coming Soon
    • Evaluation of Severe Hail Hazard: Coming Soon

     

    MRMS Products Guide

    This guide, available on the NOAA VLab, is a webpage library of MRMS products categorized by product type (e.g. severe, precipitation). As shown in the image below, use the dropdown menu to find product information such as: resolution, inputs, strengths and limitations, and applications (including examples).

    VLab Products Guide


    MRMS Quick Reference Guide

    This short guide created by WFO Bismark, ND shows the most popular uses of MRMS products.


    Feedback/Questions

    WDTD welcomes your feedback on our MRMS training, as well are here to answer any questions on the content. Please send us your comments/questions to the following e-mail address:

    MRMS email link

    Acknowledgements

    Training developers:

    Alyssa Bates, WDTD
    Jill Hardy, WDTD
    James LaDue, WDTD
    Mike Magsig, WDTD
    Robert Prentice, WDTD
    Chris Spannagle, WDTD
    Matt Elliott, NWS
    Steven Martinaitis, NSSL
    Dave Cokely, DSCS
    Tiffany Meyer, NSSL
    Clark Payne, ROC
    Matt Taraldsen, former WDTD

    Collaborators:

    Steve Cocks, NSSL
    JJ Gourley, NSSL
    Kenneth Howard, NSSL
    Darrel Kingfield, ESRL
    Valliappa Lakshmanan, NSSL
    Carrie Langston, NSSL
    Matt Mahalik, NSSL
    Kiel Ortega, NSSL
    Ron Przybylinski, WFO STL
    Heather Reeves, NSSL
    Greg Stumpf, NSSL
    Brandon Smith, NSSL
    Travis Smith, NSSL
    Greg Story, WGRFC
    Ray Wolf, WFO DVN
    Jian Zhang, NSSL

    This project was previously funded by the NEXGEN office and NSSL, courtesy of Mark Miller and Ken Howard.