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VCP Training

There are now nine different VCPs available for operational use. Some have been around since the original deployment, while others are relatively new. The choice of VCP in real time is based on current or expected weather or data quality issues. It is also sometimes influenced by concerns about wear and tear on the WSR-88D hardware. This training package will address all of these contributors to VCP selection.

The training is divided into 2 lessons and a decision-aid tool.

Note to NWS Staff:

To receive credit for completing VCP Training Lessons 1 & 2, you must take the training module, the test, and survey through the NWS Learning Center! The links below are for reference only.

Lesson 1: VCP Science and Fiction

This Articulate module takes a look at the true impacts of the faster VCPs on system wear and tear. Lesson 1 was developed collaboratively between WDTB and the Radar Operations Center (ROC). There is a quiz in the LMS that must be completed for course credit.

View the streaming presentation
Click here to download the VCP Training Lesson 1 presentation (4.93 MB ZIP)

Lesson 2: Get to Know Your VCPs

This Articulate module takes a look at the characteristics of each VCP, such as vertical sampling, the type of range unfolding techniques used and whether or not the Doppler PRF is editable. It also presents a VCP Genealogy, a look at the groups of VCPs that have been fielded and the technology changes that made the newer VCPs possible. There is a quiz in the LMS that must be completed for course credit.

View the streaming presentation
Click here to download the VCP Training Lesson 2 presentation (13.0 MB ZIP)

The VCP Decision Aid Tool

This tool can be installed locally for real time use in VCP selection. It is designed with the assumption that the user has completed Lessons 1 and 2. Given a particular weather hazard or data quality issue, this tool will present the best VCP candidates.

Use the VCP Decision Aid Tool
Click here to download the VCP Decision Aid Tool (28.1 MB ZIP)

Feedback

WDTB welcomes your feedback on how well this training supported your understanding of the WSR-88D VCPs and VCP selection. Please send us your comments! Thanks!

 

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