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You Make The Call


You-Make-The-Call was initially designed/evaluated in the NWS Southern Region by Jeff Cupo (currently MIC, WFO Mobile, AL), in collaboration with Pete Wolf (SOO, WFO Jacksonville, FL) and Southern Region HQ (STSD).

Mission Statement

You-Make-The-Call (YMTC) is an initiative that provides NOAA meteorologists, hydrologists, and support staff (electronics, IT, management) a means to share interesting observations, techniques, operational decisions, etc., encouraging effective data utilization, interpretation, decision-making, and situational awareness, in a manner that yields a training opportunity for others.


YMTC is a complementary program to the Science Sharing portion of the VLab that:

  1. Allows for shorter, more focused submissions
  2. Aims for submissions to be in a form that serves as a training opportunity for others
  3. Allows all NOAA staff, including meteorologists, hydrologists, climatologists, and support staff (e.g., electronics, IT, management) the ability to participate, regardless of budget or work schedule issues


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What can be submitted to YMTC:

  1. Brief results of studies
  2. Segments of papers or presentations, presented in a training format
  3. Interesting utilization of tools, techniques, technologies in support of improved data utilization or interpretation, decision-making, and situational awareness
  4. Illustrations of issues associated with tools, techniques, technologies
  5. Items relevant to operations and the Strategic Plan
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Child Articles (4)

  • Navigation

    Introduction The You Make The Call (YMTC) page is designed for easy navigation, with multiple portlets. To access You Make The Call If not already in the Virtual Lab community, use the Select...

  • Accessing Submissions

    Viewing a Submission Case submissions are listed on the page in order based on submission/modification date, with the most recent at the top. You can utilize the search tool or tag/category...

  • Submission Guidelines

    Introduction YMTC submissions are designed to be short, easy to complete, and relevant to operations. Submissions are open to all staff members of the NWS and other related NOAA agencies (e.g.,...

  • Submission Review (SOOs, DOHs, and Science Program Managers)

    Introduction You Make The Call (YMTC) aims to provide NWS meteorologists, hydrologists, climatologists and support staff with a minimal cost online mechanism for sharing observations, techniques,...