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AWOC Winter Weather Job Sheet Exercises

Welcome to the Job Sheet/Exercise Information Page!

The most recently updated jobsheets and exercises for AWOC Winter Weather track can be found by clicking the links below. All jobsheets/exercises are optional and have not count in any way towards or against the Winter Track course completion. The goal of working through these is to be able to quickly apply what you learned in the training modules to data you would use operationally. For answer keys please contact your local office training facilitator.

***PLEASE NOTE***:  The jobsheet for IC6Lesson3 (ensembles) uses a "PicFlip" viewer available on Windows or Linux to view SREF images. Some of the characters in the filenames changed during DVD burning, so the application won't launch on Windows, and some of the files won't display on Linux with the DVD version. An email was sent out on awocfac with a patch and detailed instructions on how to fix this. Additionally, some facilitators have asked about supporting a desk top icon in linux to load the PicFlip viewer. This version is now available, complete with all the data and previous fixes for both linux and windows versions:

Download and Install Full Package
(16.6 mb Compressed File )

On windows, WinZip will uncompress the file, while for linux, tar -zxvf will work. Make sure to View the README file once uncompressed for instructions on how to set up. Special thanks to Paul Jendrowski for assistance in configuring to support launching from an icon on the desktop.


Links to Jobsheets

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IC 4.2: Interpreting Standardized Anomalies

This exercise is completely Internet-based. It will help you become familiar with forecast anomaly resources on the Internet in addition to helping you interpret their meaning in the forecast process using historical cases.

IC 4.3: Documenting a Microclimate

This exercise will help you document a microclimate in your local CWA. The motive behind this exercise is to document some of the extensive informal knowledge learned on the job concerning microclimates that impact our forecasts—knowledge which until now may not be well known by you or your neighboring offices. is completely Internet-based. When you are finished with this exercise, please email your write-up to E-mail address for IC Winter 4 developers. We will make a webpage as a central location for all microclimate write-ups from all CWAs across the country.

IC 5.1: Using Potential Vorticity in Operations

This jobsheet helps you apply the knowledge you gained about potential vorticity from IC 5.1 to a winter weather event. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 5.2: Frontogenesis

This jobsheet applies the knowledge on frontogenesis from IC 5.2 to a winter weather event. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 5.3: The Effect of Stability on the Response to External Forcing

This jobsheet applies the knowledge from IC 5.3 to a winter weather event. It examines several ways to look for stability and understand the effects stability has on the character of the snowfall. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 5.4: Examples of Frontal Precipitation Bands

This jobsheet is linked to a different case as the the jobsheets for IC5.1-3. You will examine a banded precipitation event using the diagnostics learned in Mike Evans' module. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 5.5: The Structure of TROWALS

This jobsheet allows you to examine a TROWAL using a few of the methods described in Pat Market's module. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 5.7: Lake Effects (optional, not in LMS)

This jobsheet applies the knowledge of lake effects in Tom Niziols module IC 5.7 to a lake enhanced snowfall event. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine. However, the data are not on the jobsheets DVD you received the first week in June. The data are available with a CD shipped in a envelope with the Winter AWOC Simulation Guide.

IC 6.1: Introduction the to Top-Down Methodology

This jobsheet will allow you to examine a winter weather event using the top-down methodology to winter precipitation forecasting, as described in Randy Grahams's module. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

IC 6.2: Strengths and Weakness of P-type Algorithms

This jobsheet will take you through a mix precipitation winter weather event so that you can apply the knowledge gained on the strengths and weaknesses of the various P-type algorithms discussed in Randy Graham and Mike Evans' module. You will be using D2D in case_review mode on your WES machine AND BUFKIT. A special version of BUFKIT has been compiled for AWOC Winter. Once the downloaded file has been unzipped, you may run the setup.exe.

IC 6.3: Using Ensembles in Winter Weather Forecasting

This jobsheet will help familiarize you with WDTB's new "PicFlip" viewer, which allows for navigation between data contained in static images. This is especially useful for SREF data since AWIPS does not currently ingest it. PicFlip works on linux or your PC, both versions are available on the Jobsheet DVD you received the first week in June. You will examine SREF data for a winter weather event using PicFlip, then go to the Internet to acquaint yourself with SREF websites you can use during real-time events in your CWA.

IC 6.4: Ingredients Based Method for Forecasting Heavy Precipitation

This jobsheet allows you to apply the skills learned from Ken Harding's module to a winter weather data. Procedures are available and designed to mirror what was presented in the module. You will be using D2D in case-review mode.

IC 6.5: Snowfall Forecasting

This jobsheet utilizes the latest version of BUFKIT, which now contains snow ratio information based on the Caribou technique described in Dan Cobb and Dan Petersen's module. You will be using BUFKIT for this jobsheet. A special version of BUFKIT has been compiled for AWOC Winter. Once the downloaded file has been unzipped, you may run the setup.exe.

IC 7.1: Monitoring Model Accuracy

This jobsheet allows you to examine the pitfalls of NWP as outlined in Dan Bikos and Peter Banacos' module. You will examine a winter weather event in D2D in case-review mode.

IC 7.3: Evaluating Webcams in your Area (optional, not in LMS)

This exercise provides information and web links to help you develop a set of webcams across your CWA for usage in real time. Through the exercise you analyze the important features in the webcam(s) to aid in winter weather operations. This in turn will help in the development of a webcam viewing platform tailored to your CWA mentioned at the end of Carl Dierking's module.

IC 7.4: Diagnosing Unexpected Precipitation Areas

This jobsheet leads you through the 5-step methodology to diagnosing unexpected areas of precipitation as outlined in Bruce Smith's module. You will examine a winter weather event with an inherited snow advisory and decide if you need to update or upgrade the advisory after diagnosing the situation. You will be using D2D in case-review mode on your WES machine.

 
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