Examine various conceptual models of cyclogenesis (basic, split flow, cold air, instant occlusion and in-stream)
Learn to utilize a blend of conceptual models, satellite imagery, and NWP output in diagnosing cyclogenesis
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
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.
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
Live VISIT teletraining (with an instructor leading the session). Check the VISIT Training Calendar to signup for teletraining. The session will last 75 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.
Talking points are available for this lesson and may be printed out to easily review the session in detail at any time.
Bader, M.J., G.S. Forbes, J.R. Grant, R.B.E. Lilley, and A.J. Waters, 1995: Images in Weather Forecasting. University Press, Cambridge, Great Britain, 499 pp.
Harrold, T.W. 1973: Mechanisms influencing the distribution of precipitation within baoclinic disturbances. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 99, 232-251.
Carlson, T.N., 1980: Airflow Through Midlatitude Cyclones and the Comma Cloud Pattern. Mon. Wea. Rev., 108, 1498-1509.
Young, M.V., G.A. Monk and K.A. Browning, 1987: Interpretation of satellite imagery of a rapidly developing cyclone. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 113, 1089-1115.
Browning, K.A., and N.M. Roberts, 1994: Structure of a frontal cyclone. Q.J.R. Meteorol. Soc., 120, 1535-1557.
This course is Basic
There are no prerequisites
VISIT teletraining makes use of either Gotomeeting or the VISITview software. Consult the email with setup instructions as to which software is being used, the following are setup instructions that make use of the VISITview software:
1.) In order to install this lesson, you will need to create a new directory on your local hard (not a networked) drive.
2.) You will need to download a file that contains the contents of the lesson so that streaming live data is avoided.
2a.) For a Windows system:
Download the following .exe file to your local hard drive