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Radar & Applications Course News

The FY17 offering of RAC will start in October. Registration is closed, and students should received their course materials sometime after October th. Registration for Radar and Applications Course webinars should open October th for all instructor-led training (ILT) sessions. Check this page occasionally for updates.

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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer

The Radar & Applications Course (RAC) FY17


News and Notes

Enrollment is now over for the FY17 version of the course. RAC FY17 runs from October 2016 through March 2017. RAC Orientation webinars begin October 20, 2016.

Course Description

The Radar & Applications Course provides initial training on the use of the WSR-88D Radar. The primary purpose of the RAC 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 RAC 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 on-line modules, instructor-led webinars, 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 current offering beginning in the Fall of 2016 and ending in Spring 2017.

RAC Pages

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