Distance Learning Operations Course (DLOC) FY14
October 2013 - March 2014
Attention! DLOC News Notes!
- The FY13 offering of DLOC concluded in March.
- Enrollment for DLOC FY14 is now open with the course running from October 2013 to March 2014.
- Check this page occasionally for updates.
The WSR-88D DLOC is only available to NWS meteorologists (including those meteorologists at centers, CWSUs, and headquarters) and hydrologists, including interns, who have not previously completed DLOC or the residence version of the WSR-88D Operations Course. NOTE: Course availability does not include HMTs, term, or student employees.
To enroll a student or students in the FY14 WSR-88D DLOC, send an e-mail to or with the following information:
- Three-letter Office ID
- Training Officer Name (SOO, DOH, Focal Point)
- Student(s) Name(s) and e-mail address(es)
- Whether the student is taking the full or shortened version of the course for hydrologists.
The Distance Learning Operations Course (DLOC) provides initial training on the use of the WSR-88D Radar. The primary purpose of the DLOC is to train NWS forecasters (meteorologists and hydrologists) on the use of the radar in the forecast and warning decision making process. The course covers Doppler radar theory, technological aspects of the WSR-88D as it is used in AWIPS, management of the data stream via the Radar Product Generator (RPG), the infusion of science and application of conceptual models, and the development of methodologies for use in an operational setting.
The DLOC was initially taught as a 3 1/2 week residence course in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1990 to 1997. The current format is a blended learning approach including web-based training, on-line modules, teletraining, and a 1-week workshop delivered at its conclusion in Norman. The course is very comprehensive and involves around 116 hours of material over the span of about 6 months. At present the course is taught once a year with the next offering scheduled for the fall of 2011 and ending in early Spring 2012.