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Radar & Applications Course News

The FY18 offering of RAC wrapped up in March. Registration for the FY19 Radar and Applications Course will occur during the summer. Check this page occasionally for updates.

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The Radar & Applications Course (RAC) FY18


News and Notes

The FY18 version of the course wrapped up with the RAC workshops (ending in March). Registration for the FY19 Radar and Applications Course will occur during the summer.

NOTE: The FY19 RAC content will not be available until sometime in September. If you are planning on taking the FY19 version of RAC, we strongly recommend that you wait until the Fall of 2018 before completing any RAC coursework in the CLC.

Course Description

The Radar & Applications Course provides initial training on the use of the WSR-88D Radar. The primary purpose of the RAC is to train NWS forecasters (meteorologists and hydrologists) on the use of the radar in the forecast and warning decision making process. The course covers Doppler radar theory, technological aspects of the WSR-88D as it is used in AWIPS, management of the data stream via the Radar Product Generator (RPG), the infusion of science and application of conceptual models, and the development of methodologies for use in an operational setting.

The RAC was initially taught as a 3 1/2 week residence course in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1990 to 1997. The current format is a blended learning approach including on-line modules, instructor-led webinars, and a 1-week workshop delivered at its conclusion in Norman. The course is very comprehensive and involves around 116 hours of material over the span of about 6 months. At present the course is taught once a year with the current offering beginning in the Fall of 2017 and ending in Spring 2018.

RAC Pages

Here are some important links to other RAC pages: