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Advanced Warning Operations Course

Important Notice: Enrollment for the FY13 version of the Advanced Warning Operations Course (AWOC) Core and Severe Tracks is now open. Here are some key days regarding the FY13 version of the course:

  • February 14- March 8: Course enrollment period
  • March 19-April 2: Seven AWOC Orientation Webinars are offered
  • Early April: Course materials mailed to registrants
  • April 5: Course "turned on" in the LMS for ILT registration
  • April 15: Course "turned on" in the LMS for Flash Flood Track
  • April 29: AWOC Severe Forecast Challenge debriefs start (six total)
  • April-August: Six AWOC Core ILTs offered
  • June-August: Six AWOC Severe ILTs offered

Information on the changes for the FY13 version of AWOC can be found below:

Development and delivery of the FY13 AWOC Winter Weather Track was not funded. However, these training materials are provided for your local training initiatives to use as you see fit. A punch list of needed changes needed have been provided so you know which content is most likely out of date. Click on the panels below to expand (contract) them and view details of the course content. Certicates of completion will not be provided by WDTB for those completing courses in the NWS Learning Center during FY13.

AWOC Participants

These pages are resources for everyone participating (Facilitator and Student) in AWOC. Try these links to find background information on the course, learn about participant roles and responsibilities, and access other information that will help you take or administer the course.


The AWOC Core Track is composed of 4 Instructional Components. This track contains approximately 10 hours of training on issues that impact warning operations in ways that are generally independent of the weather threat, including: situational awareness, office strategies, and data quality.

Course Description

AWOC Severe

The AWOC Severe Track is composed of 5 Instructional Components, one of which are two severe weather WES simulations. This track contains approximately 15 hours of training that addresses many topics that are pertinent to issuing severe weather warnings, including: conceptual models of convective storms, threat assessment, and storm interrogation.

Course Description

AWOC Flash Flood

The AWOC Flash Flood Track is composed of several lessons and a simulation that address meteorological and hydrological that are pertinent to flash floods. This track contains approximately 6 hours of training including: conceptual models of flash flood events, using FFMP, enhanced wording in Flash Flood Warnings, and the meteorology of extreme rainfall events.

Course Description

AWOC Winter

The AWOC Winter Track is composed of 8 Instructional Components, including one that is an introductory video. This track contains approximately 20 hours of training that addresses a variety of topics that are pertinent to issuing winter weather warnings, including climatology, precipitation forcing mechanisms, and forecasting synoptic/mesoscale precipitation type and amounts.
Course Description

AWOC Support

There are many resources available to help support the delivery of the different AWOC tracks. Try these links to access help pages, read our AWOC FAQ page, learn more about the learning management system (LMS) being used for AWOC, and contact our staff if you have an AWOC-related question. AWOC Help Central
AWOC Email Contacts



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