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CRAS Forecast Imagery in AWIPS


Scott Lindstrom

Bob Aune



Archived Training




Other Contributors: Scott Bachmeier, Russ Dengel, Jordan Gerth, Steve Wanzong


This is a basic teletraining module to describe the flow of CRAS forecast imagery into AWIPS. Topics covered include:

  • CRAS Model description:
    1. Satellite information used
    2. Horizontal Dissipation effects
    3. Initialization
  • Data flow from CRAS to AWIPS
  • Window Channel and water vapor model imagery

Training Session Options

NOAA/NWS students – to begin the training, use the web-based video, YouTube video, or audio playback options below (if present for this session). Certificates of completion for NOAA/NWS employees can be obtained by accessing the session via the Commerce Learn Center

  1. Audio playback (recommended for low-bandwidth users) – This is an audio playback version in the form of a downloadable VISITview and can be taken at anytime.

    Create a directory to download the audio playback file (114 MB) from the following link:

    After extracting the files into that directory click on either the visitplay.bat or visitauto.bat file to start the lesson. If both files are present, use visitauto.bat

  2. Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 45 minutes. This teletraining session uses the VISITview software, where a Windows PC with an Internet connection is needed.Please follow the teletraining installation instructions to install the session

References/Additional Links

  • Talking points are available for this lesson and may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time.
  • CRAS Forecast Products
  • Bayler, G., R. M. Aune and W. H. Raymond: 2000: NWP cloud initialization using GOES sounder data and improved modeling of nonprecipitating clouds. Mon. Wea. Rev., 128,3911-3920.
  • Raymond, W. H., 1988: High-order low-pass implicit tangent filters for use in finite area calculations. Mon. Wea. Rev., 116, 2132-2141.
  • Raymond, W. H. and R. B. Stull, 1990: Application of transilient turbulence theory to mesoscale numerical weather forecasting. Mon. Wea. Rev., 118, 2471-2499.
  • Raymond, W. H. and Arthur Garder, 1991: A review of recursive and implicit filters. Mon. Wea. Rev., 119, 477-495.
  • Raymond, W. H., W. S. Olson and G. Callan, 1995: Diabatic Forcing and initialization with assimilation of cloud water and rainwater in a forecast model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 123, 366-382.
  • Raymond, W. H. and R. M. Aune, 1998: Improved precipitation forecasts using parameterized feedbacks in a hydrostatic forecast model. Mon. Wea. Rev., 126, 693-710.
  • Raymond, W. H., 1999: Non-local turbulent mixing based on convective adjustment concepts (NTAC). Bound. Layer Meteor., 92, 263-291.
  • Raymond, W. H., 2000: Estimating moisture profiles using a modified power law. J. Appl. Meteor., 39, 1059-1070.
  • Raymond, W. H., 2000: Moisture advection using relative humidity. J. Appl. Meteor., 39, 2397-2408.
  • Raymond, W. H. and R. M. Aune, 2003: Conservation of moisture in a Kuo-type cumulus parameterization. Mon. Wea. Rev., 131, 771-779.
This course is Basic

There are no prerequisites