RAC AWIPS Convective Warning Fundamentals

 

FY20 Course Schedule - Workshop 20-5 (TBD)

  • Dec 18, 2019 - Intro module and VLab training released (10-20 hrs)
  • Dec 18, 2019 RAC procedures used in WES exercises and workshop available from the RAC References page
  • Dec 20, 2019 - All WES cases and videos should arrive for new offices who haven't had a student in RAC (transcripts and videos for reference; 5-6 hrs)
  • Dec 20, 2019 Proficiency Test emailed to facilitators and review sheet PDF in VLab
  • Dec 2019-Jan 2020 - recommended installation time frame for cases and training - new install guidance
  • Dec 2019-Mar 2020 complete AWIPS Fundamentals and Proficiency Exam by early March 2020
  • TBD - take Workshop Primer week before RAC workshop
  • TBD - RAC workshop 20-5 will be rescheduled due to COVID19

FY20 Course Schedule - Workshop 20-6 (Aug 2020; may be rescheduled)

  • May 8, 2020 - Intro module and VLab training released (10-20 hrs)
  • May 8, 2020 RAC procedures used in WES exercises and workshop available from the RAC References page
  • May 22, 2020 - All WES cases and videos should arrive for new offices who haven't had a student in RAC (transcripts and videos for reference; 5-6 hrs)
  • May 8, 2020 Proficiency Test emailed to facilitators and review sheet PDF in VLab
  • May 2020 - recommended installation time frame for cases and training - new install guidance
  • Jul 21, 2020 complete AWIPS Fundamentals and Proficiency Exam 
  • Aug 21, 2020 - take Workshop Primer the week before the workshop
  • Aug 24-28 2020 - RAC workshop 20-6 may need to be rescheduled due to COVID19

FY20 Course Schedule - Workshop 20-7 (Sep 2020; may be rescheduled)

  • Jun 3, 2020 - Intro module and VLab training released (10-20 hrs)
  • Jun 3, 2020 RAC procedures used in WES exercises and workshop available from the RAC References page
  • Jun 12, 2020 - All WES cases and videos should arrive for new offices who haven't had a student in RAC (transcripts and videos for reference; 5-6 hrs)
  • Jun 3, 2020 Proficiency Test emailed to facilitators and review sheet PDF in VLab
  • Jun 2020 - recommended installation time frame for cases and training - new install guidance
  • Aug 18, 2020 complete AWIPS Fundamentals and Proficiency Exam 
  • Sep 18, 2020 - take Workshop Primer the week before the workshop
  • Sep 21-25 2020 - RAC workshop 20-7 may need to be rescheduled due to COVID19

Course Details 

(see FY20 RAC: AWIPS 17.3.1 Convective Warning Fundamentals in your CLC RAC curriculum)

1. AWIPS Convective Warning Fundamentals Intro (7min; non-CLC reference copy)

  • RAC students log into the CLC and take this short intro presentation in your RAC: AWIPS 17.3.1 Convective Warning Fundamentals curriculum to understand how to take the course

2. AWIPS 17.3.1 Convective Warning Fundamentals VLab Training (10-20 hrs)


  • Review web pages and practice with job sheets using specially designed AWIPS Convective Warning Fundamentals VLab applet (also available from the "Forecaster References" menu and "RAC AWIPS Fundamentals" submenu on top of page)
  • Job sheets requiring live AWIPS (e.g. RPG product submission and status monitor) or WES-2 Bridge (e.g. WarnGen) are noted in the training.
    • For a summary of the jobsheets with the web content hosted in VLab, see the VLab Jobsheets summary page. Note that most, but not all, sections of the VLab applet have VLab jobsheets.
  • After you complete reading the AWIPS Fundamentals VLab sections and taking the embedded VLab jobsheets, mark yourself complete in your RACAWIPS 17.3.1 Convective Warning Fundamentals curriculum from your transcript in the CLC.
  • Use 17.3.1 WES-2 Bridge or your newer live AWIPS build

 

3. WES-2 Bridge Exercises (4hrs; 17.3.1 WES-2 Bridge and test case, AWIPS Fundamentals videos and training case)

  • WES Focal Point installs 17.3.1 WES-2 Bridge, cases, and videos 
    • 2013May31_OUN_AFun_FY19 case
    • training accessed under Applications->WDTD->WDTD Training Resources menu using the "FY$$ AWIPS Fundamentals W2B Exercises" and "FY$$ RAC Applied Performance Drills" on WES-2 Bridge where FY$$ is either FY19 or FY20v1 (same case with different link names)
  • Practice using AWIPS with step-by-step videos (see transcriptions page for text transcriptions and copies of the videos)
    • Note: the point of the WES-2 Bridge exercises is to actually practice the tasks, so watching the videos online is not sufficient.
  • After you complete AWIPS Fundamentals WES Exercise groups (e.g. 5 videos under CAVE Basics), mark yourself complete in your RAC: AWIPS 17.3.1 Convective Warning Fundamentals curriculum from your transcript in the CLC. 
  • This release also contains the WES-2 Bridge exercises for the RAC Convective Storm Structure and Evolution: Applied Performance Drills (this is separate from the AWIPS Fundamentals Course).

 

4a. Review Proficiency Test Task List 

  • Review the task list PDF to assess if you are ready to take the proficiency test
  • Review the appropriate VLab pages, job sheets, or videos for tasks you are not prepared to demonstrate.

 

4b. Take Proficiency Test (1-2hrs)

  • RAC facilitator proctors timed test and notes scores on tasks
  • RAC students takes a one question test from their transcript in the CLC to enable tracking
  • RAC facilitator sends scanned exam notes to Michael.A.Magsig@noaa.gov (or send via mail), and Mike marks you complete
  • Proficiency Test needs to be completed before coming to the workshop (ideally completed a month before the workshop) and before the Workshop Primer which is designed to be completed the week before the workshop (or as close to the workshop as possible).

 

5. RAC Workshop Primer WES Exercises (4 hours)

  • On 17.3.1 WES-2 Bridge follow along with videos that begin putting everything together to issue warnings with AWIPS procedures used in the workshop
  • WES Focal Points install RAC Workshop Primer videos and a hydro case
    • 2016Jun23_RNK_WorkshopPrimer_FY20 (hydro case updated with IBW flash flood)

    • 2013May31_OUN_AFun_FY19 case is used from existing AWIPS Fundamentals case

      • training accessed under Applications->WDTD->WDTD Training Resources menu using the "FY20v1 RAC Workshop Primer" on WES-2 Bridge

    • 20-5 Workshop Primer - all sites received a new Workshop Primer install disc Dec 20, 2019

    • 20-6 Workshop Primer - was sent May 19, 2020

    • 20-7 Workshop Primer - should arrive the week of Jun 8th, 2020 

  • Take this the week before the RAC workshop or as close to that as you can.

 

RAC References 

The procedures used in the RAC WES exercises and workshop are available on the RAC References page

 

For any questions about completing AWIPS Fundamentals contact Mike Magsig at Michael.A.Magsig@noaa.gov or chat via the WDTB Chat (wdtbchat) room.