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Radar & Applications Course News

The Radar & Applications Course has begun offering courses that start at multiple times during the fiscal year to better accommodate new NWS employees. If you have a newly hired forecaster in your forecast office who you want to sign up for the next available RAC, please contact Robert Prentice's e-mail address.

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Administrative Details

WDTD will provide information on a variety of administrative details an issues in this area. Here is a currently list of items RAC participants and local facilitators should be aware of:

  • Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, WDTD is holding "RAC in the Cloud" (virtual) workshops through the remainder of FY21.
    • Sixteen (16) students will be chosen for each workshop from the roster of eligible RAC students.
    • Regional Scientific Services Division (SSD) Chiefs will select students for all RAC in the Cloud (RITC) workshops.
      • They know their region's needs best.

    Note: All distance learning lessons (except the Workshop Primer) must be completed before a student is eligible to attend the RAC in the Cloud (RITC) workshop.

Contact Information

If you encounter any problems, or have any other questions, with RAC, please feel free to contact us. The following e-mails contacts have been provided for your convenience.

Email Address
General Help
RAC Help List E-mail
Administrative Support
RAC Help List E-mail
Introduction to the WSR-88D
Andrew Wood's E-mail address
Principles of Meteorological Doppler Radar
Jami Boettcher's E-mail address
Velocity Interpretation
Chris Spannagle's e-mail address
Base and Derived Products
Andrew Wood's E-mail address
Winter Weather Applications
Don Rinderknecht's e-mail address
Convective Storm Structure and Evolution
Bobby Prentice's E-mail address
Flash Floods
Brad Grant's E-mail address
Storm-Based Warning Fundamentals
Brad Grant's E-mail address
RAC Workshop
RAC Help List E-mail