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NWS offices that participated in the training
January 4, 2011

Training at COMET: "Intense QPF" Course Summarizes Atmospheric River Scientific Findings from HMT-West

A COMET virtual training course on "Intense QPF" was conducted from 16-19 November 2010. As a part of this course, a summary of scientific results from HMT-West concerning the role of atmospheric rivers (AR) in generating extreme orographic precipitation was presented on November 18. Marty Ralph, Chief of the Water Cycle Branch at ESRL/PSD, and Paul Neiman of PSD summarized findings from HMT. Twenty-five attendees from the NWS and Meteorological Service of Canada participated (see map of locations of the offices that were represented). Unlike the recent webinars on the use of the AR concept in forecasting presented by Dave Reynolds, the MIC at the NWS' Monterey Forecast Office, this training was focused on the underlying scientific findings over the last several years. The presentation described the emergence of the AR concept through scientific papers (show summary).

The sessions were recorded for future use in online learning, virtual courses, and seasonal on-station training. References are available on the HMT Publications page.

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Contacts:  Marty Ralph and Matt Kelsch

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