Canadian forecasters sharpen winter skills

   UCAR's COMET Program partners with the Canadian Meteorological Service for
   expert training.

November 17, 2011  • In October, an international group of weather forecasters convened in Boulder, Colorado, to hone their skills at predicting winter weather. The annual two-week course, which is delivered through a partnership between the UCAR COMET Program and the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC), aims to build stronger links between atmospheric research and operational forecasting.

Course topics ranged from the structure of wintertime cyclones to lake-effect snowfall, mountain precipitation, radar and satellite applications, and more. Forecasters from across Canada attended the training, along with meteorologists from the U.S. National Weather Service, U.S. Navy, and several European countries.

The course was taught with the help of several scientists, representing both academic and operational backgrounds, from Canada and the United States. In addition, Brad Snyder and James Cummine from MSC worked with the COMET staff to facilitate the course.

“The ultimate goal of the course is for the forecasters to increase their understanding of atmospheric processes associated with winter weather,” says COMET meteorologist Dave Linder, who helped lead the course. “We want them to retain the knowledge, apply it, and share it with their fellow forecasters after the course.”

Winter weather training: The COMET Program

Matt Albers, Meteorological Service of Canada.


Paul Greeley, Meteorological Service of Canada.

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