A few lessons have been updated to reflect improvements made in MRMS Version 11.5 that became operational in May 2018. The updated lessons are mainly about hydro products, but the Enhanced Echo Tops product has also been improved.
Warning Decision Training Division
Office of Chief Learning Officer
Welcome to the Multi-Radar/Multi-Sensor (MRMS) training page. The MRMS suite of products represents a 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. 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, available on both this page and the Learning Management System (LMS). 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 and potential applications, so check back occasionally.
Below is a flowchart depicting the available MRMS course tracks. Depending on your job responsibilities, there are different tracks to take within the Products and Applications courses:
Use this flowchart to determine which tracks you wish to take.
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).
Take everything from the Hydro and Severe/Aviation Products Courses.
Overview - This course is designed for users requiring knowledge of applications of MRMS products.
PREREQUISITE: MRMS Products Course for WFO Forecasters
PREREQUISITE: It is assumed that the forecaster has taken the "MRMS Hydro Products Course" prior to taking the "MRMS Hydro Applications Course". The Hydro Applications Course curriculum depends on whether the forecaster is at a WFO or RFC. Please see the sub-sections below.
All forecasters should take these four lessons.
If you are at a WFO, add these two lessons to the four above (from the ALL section).
If you are at a RFC, add this lesson to the four above (from the ALL section).
PREREQUISITE: MRMS Severe/Aviation Products Course
Overview - WDTD has begun a monthly MRMS Application of the Month webinar series. Here is an archive of the recorded webinars.
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).
This short guide created by WFO Bismark, ND shows the most popular uses of MRMS products.
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:
Alyssa Bates, WDTD
Steve Cocks, NSSL
|This project was previously funded by the NEXGEN office and NSSL, courtesy of Mark Miller and Ken Howard.|