Winter Weather Forecasting

Course Description

2 days 495

This 2 day course is focused on winter weather forecasting for avalanche forecasters, mountain guides, ski patrols, pilots, and others who want to generate a short term forecast in a very dynamic weather season. It will be centered on information that is currently available on the Internet and is broadly applicable to all snow climates.

THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD ONLINE THIS YEAR, VIA ZOOM OR ANOTHER WEB PLATFORM.  YOU DO NOT NEED TO TRAVEL FOR THIS COURSE!

We will ship a workbook approximately 2 weeks before the course.  If you live outside of the US, there will be an extra charge for shipping.

The course will focus on a systematic approach to understanding weather from surface observations to the upper atmosphere.  There will be a mixture of real-time weather product analysis and forecast exercises that introduce important patterns to recognize.

At the end of the Winter Weather Forecasting course, participants will generate a wind, temperature, and precipitation forecast on their own, using products available on the web.

This course is taught by trained meteorologist Jim Woodmencey.

Prerequisites

A basic foundation of weather knowledge.

Recommended Reading

  • Reading Weather, 2000 Jim Woodmencey, Falcon Press. A straightforward discussion of weather forecasting in the field. It does not address internet weather products.
  • The Weather Book: An Easy-To-Understand Guide to the USA’s Weather, second edition, 1997, Jack Williams, Random House. Great illustrations for understanding weather phenomena.
  • Mountain Weather: Backcountry Forecasting and Weather Safety for Hikers, Campers, Climbers, Skiers, and Snowboarders, 2005, Jeff Renner, The Mountaineers. A fairly simple book, but has good discussions on local mountain phenomena by region (Western US and Canada).
  • Mountain Meteorology: Fundamentals and Applications, C.D. Whiteman. This book is expensive, but is an excellent resource. Used and new copies are available at Amazon.com

There are no scheduled courses at this time.

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