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Water Vapor Imagery Analysis for Severe Weather

Instructors:

Dan Bikos

Dan Lindsey

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Topic:

Severe/Sat

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Developed:

2010

Other contributors: Scott Bachmeier, Scott Lindstrom

Introduction


The primary objective of this session is to maximize the information available from the GOES water vapor imagery during severe weather episodes, and how to effectively utilize this information with other available datasets.

Learning objectives:

  • 6.5 / 6.7 µm water vapor imagery
    • Identification of shortwaves / jet streaks
    • Cloud cover / clearing for destabilization
    • Identification of gravity waves
    • Storm induced dark zones
  • 7.4 µm water vapor imagery
    • Mid-level jet streaks
    • Relationship to elevated mixed layer

There is a post-training WES simulation jobsheet associated with this training.

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 (268 MB) from the following link: http://rammb.cira.colostate.edu/training/visit/training_sessions/water_vapor_imagery_analysis_for_severe_weather/water_vapor_imagery_analysis_for_severe_weather_audio.exe

    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 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.
  3. YouTube video:

References/Additional Links


This course is Intermediate

The following VISIT training sessions are recommended:

Contact

Dan Bikos

Dan.Bikos@colostate.edu