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Spring 2020 MRMS Training Updates

  • WDTD has considerably reduced its online MRMS course tracks. MRMS Applications lessons and Application of the Month webinars are no longer supported and have become outdated. Therefore, they have been removed from this page except for a few relevant MRMS severe applications lessons that remain for your reference.
  • The MRMS 3D Reflectivity Cube lesson has been retired. The 3D Reflectivity Cube is now discussed in the MRMS Overview (v12).
  • The MRMS VLab Products Guide has been updated for MRMS Version 12.
  • Training Events Planning Calendar
    Residence/Virtual Courses
    Web-Based Training Release Dates

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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 only a few lessons are 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 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:

    flowchart

    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 MRMS Products Course 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 Products Course Tracks

    MRMS Products Course for WFO Forecasters (Version 11.5)

    This course is for users with only MRMS Version 11.5 (older) access. Most users should take the current Version 12 track.

    MRMS Overview

    Reflectivity Products

    Hail Products

    Velocity-based Products

    Lightning Products

    Hydro Products

    MRMS Products Course for WFO Forecasters (Version 12)

    MRMS Overview

    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)

    This course is for users with only MRMS Version 11.5 (older) access. Most users should take the current Version 12 track

    MRMS Overview

    Reflectivity Products

    Hail Products

    Velocity-based Products

    Lightning Products

    MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course (Version 12)

    MRMS Overview

    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 Course

    NOTE: These lessons are no longer supported and may contain some outdated mateiral. Most of these MMRS severe weather applications are still applicable, however.

    MRMS Severe Applications Course

    PREREQUISITE: MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course lessons

    • 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


    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

    Current and Former Training Developers:

    Alyssa Bates, WDTD
    Jill Hardy, WDTD
    Bradley Workman, WDTD
    James LaDue, WDTD
    Mike Magsig, WDTD
    Robert Prentice, WDTD
    Chris Spannagle, WDTD
    Matt Elliott, SPC
    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, retired
    Carrie Langston, NSSL
    Matt Mahalik, NOAA OAR
    Kiel Ortega, NSSL
    Ron Przybylinski, WFO STL
    Heather Reeves, NSSL
    Heather Grams, ROC
    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.