Storm of the Month Webinars
To help implement the use of WSR-88D Dual-Pol information in National Weather Service Weather Forecast Offices, WDTB has started a series of Dual-Pol "Storm of the Month" webinars. These webinars are short (20 minute presentations with 10 minutes of questions and answers afterwards) and focus on a single event or topic. The purpose of these informal webinars is to provide National Weather Service forecasters access to operational Dual-Pol subject matter experts, so that we may all share lessons learned and best practices with this new operational system as it is deployed over the next couple of years.
The Future of the Storm of the Month
Significant budget cuts have resulted in the elimination of Local Warning and Forecast Program funds for WDTB's warning training. As a result, WDTB no longer has the staff to provide the Dual-Pol Storm of the Month (SOTM) webinars. SOTM has been highly successful, reaching a large audience, with forecasters sharing their stories and lessons learned with their colleagues. Indeed, in 2013, the National Weather Association (NWA) identified the Storm-of-the-Month webinars as a contributing factor in awarding NWS's Dual-Pol operator training as the operational achievement of the year in meteorology. Because of these significant performance impacts, we plan to bring this training opportunity back to NWS forecasters as resources permit.
Links to the archived Storm of the Month sessions are provided below. NWS employees will need to launch the course using the cyan "Launch Course" buttons in order to receive credit for completion. All other users can launch the session using the orange "Launch" buttons.
- October 2011: Hurricane Irene: Tropical Nature of ZDR and Tornadic Debris Signatures
- November 2011: The Arizona Monsoon: Water and Dust!
- December 2011: Precipitation Types: Dual-Pol's Added Value During Winter Events
- January 2012: Diagnosing Hydrometeors at Radar Beam Level in Real Time Using the WDTB Dual-Pol Radar Decision Aid
- February 2012: Tri-State Winter Storm: Transitioning Precipitation over Long Island
- March 2012: Tornadic Debris Signature (TDS) Application in Weak QLCS and Stronger Supercell Events
- April 2012: Leap Day 2012 Tornadoes Across Southwestern Missouri
- May 2012: An Evolution of Recognizing and Communicating the TDS during Warning Operations
- June 2012: Central New York Hailstorm: An Analysis of Hail and Updraft Signatures
- July 2012: Small Hail, Big Impacts, and Dual-Pol's Added Value
- August 2012: Fire and Rain: A Closer Look at the Little Bear Wildfire
- September 2012: How Wet Can Wet Hail Get?
- October 2012: Fall River, MA, Flash Flood
- November 2012: Extreme Rainfall Event of August 25, 2012
- December 2012: Winter Weather Operational Applications
- January 2013: The Christmas Day Wanna Be Blizzard
- February 2013: Dual-Pol Winter Applications to Aviation Weather
- March 2013: Non-Precipitation Echoes Across Coastal South Carolina and Georgia
- April 2013: The Challenges of Using QPE Operationally
- May 2013: Intense Rainfall and Hail in Las Vegas
WDTB welcomes your feedback on this series of webinars and how well they supported your understanding of the dual-polarization WSR-88D. Please send us your comments at the following e-mail address: