Dual-Polarization Radar Training
Effective June 30, 2013, the Dual-Polarization Radar Training courses are retired. This page remains accessible, but the content of these courses will not be updated. Changes to the WSR-88D system, including dual-pol, will be reflected in WDTD's operator training for each build release.
Also effective June 30, 2013, WDTD will not longer provide course facilitation services for any of the courses below.
- Here is a reference for how your AWIPS configuration will change after your local radar is updated.
- WDTD has compiled a list of frequently asked questions about the dual-polarization WSR-88D and data applications
- WDTD has two new WES exercise options available to forecasters completing the Dual-Polarization Radar Operations Course
- Non-Precipitation Echoes
- WDTD-Approved, Locally-Developed WES Exercise (Complete this form if you want your office to participate in this option)
To support the WSR-88D dual-polarization upgrade deployment, the Warning Decision Training Division prepared operational training designed for NWS and Tri-agency users. NOTE: There is also a separate training initiative available for NWS core partners (http://www.wdtb.noaa.gov/courses/dualpol/outreach/) outside of the Tri-agencies (i.e., National Weather Service, Dept. of Defense, and Dept. of Transportation). For NWS and Tri-agency users, click on the collapsible panels below to learn more about the training courses, webinars, and tools we offer. Additional information about this training initiative can be found in our WDTD's Dual-Polarization Radar Training News publications.
Dual-Polarization Radar Training Course Descriptions
There are two courses available to NWS and Tri-agency users, each with their own development plans. These courses are:
Dual-Polarization Radar Principles and System Operations
Suggested Audience: SOOs, radar focal points, & others by local office determinations
- Two RDA lessons
- Three RPG lessons
Dual-Polarization Radar Operations Course
Suggested Audience: All NWS decision makers
- Overview presentation
- Six product lessons
- Six application lessons
- Two (of four total) WES exercises
We recommend that users begin their course work 3-4 month prior to the installation of dual-polarization technology at their local WSR-88D site. For NWS staff, the completion goal for Dual-Polarization Radar Operations Course is one month after the dual-polarization installation is complete.
NWS staff should access the individual course lessons below using the cyan NWS Learning Center buttons on the left:
Tri-agency users can access this training from the orange launch button in the center:
with each individual lesson below. For users who have Internet connectivity issues on a regular basis, we also provide the option to download a local copy, using the right-most button of each lesson:
Course #2: Dual-Polarization Radar Operations Course
Course #3: Dual-Polarization Radar Operations Course for RFC Hydrologists
WDTD currently offers two different types of webinars each month, targeting different audiences.
- Webinar Type #1: Dual-Pol Warm-up Training
This webinar can be provided, upon request, to NWS users. If you are interested in attending one of these webinars, please contact us at:
Dual-Pol Radar Tools
Online Dual-Pol Training Aid
Description: An easy to use set of reference guides for each of the products and applications modules. They include the typical values of products for each kind of radar echo, strengths and limitations of each product, steps to the methodologies on how to apply the products to each high impact weather event.
Link: Online Dual-Pol Training Aid
WSR-88D Dual-Polarization Radar Decision Aid
Description: A document designed to help forecasters quickly review representative values of base data for various hydrometeor types.
Download: WSR-88D Dual-Polarization Radar Decision Aid (262 KB PDF)
Dual-Pol Ops Course Implementation Guide
Description: A document designed to help training facilitators at each office by answering several frequently asked questions regarding the Dual-Polariziation Radar Operations Course.
Download: Dual-Pol Ops Course Implementation Guide (1.13 MB PDF)
Printed Dual-Pol Training Aid
Description: Student guides (comparable to those from DLOC) covering each of the lessons in both dual-polarization radar training courses is available for download.
WDTD welcomes your feedback on our dual-polarization radar training and how well they supported your understanding of the dual-polarization WSR-88D. Please send us your comments at the following e-mail address: