This forms part of the marine post interview
- Teacher: Jannie Stander
It is the vision of the South African Weather Service to ensure 57 million WeatherSMART citizens. While being externally relevant is important, it is equally important that our staff are also WeatherSMART. For this reason, the RTC launched a “Weathersmart stuff for WeatherSMART staff” initiative.
This course consists of quarterly, morning training sessions.
The sessions will be covering basic meteorology, climatology, air quality and observations.
Each session will be followed by a questionnaire.
This course is aimed at testing your current satellite knowledge and being able to ask satellite meteorology-related questions. feel free to share interesting cases as well and help each other (and me) to learn.
This is a course where the basic aspects of weather are presented. modules will briefly deal with the most popular questions asked about the weather and weather forecasting.
This is a course focusing on the continuous training needs of the SAWS weather forecasters. the course contains material dealing with NWP, Satellite, Forecasting and Radar training.
The course format includes online quizzes, tasks and discussion forums. All forecasters are welcome to partake in the course.
A platform created for the WMO RA1 Marine Forecaster interaction and capacity building
This is a resource site where Meteorological Case studies can be uploaded from any operational personnel. The archive will be accessible to all interested and involved parties and can be updated with interesting weather related cases. Resource material can include (but is not limited to) satellite imagery, NWP output, RADAR imagery, Lightning detection information, photographs and real time observational data.
An Introductory course on Coastal Meteorology aimed at those that seek to understand the characteristic nature of the coastal environment and its weather. In order to bring about the optimal and harmonious use of this resource by the vast cross-section of users, there needs to be a sound understanding of it, and the basic meteorological and oceanographic processes that take place within it.
The course will assist the participants in understanding;
It is hoped that at the end of this course, participants will have attained an enhanced knowledge & understanding of the coastal zone to support strategy and decision-making. More specifically, participants are expected to gave gained:
This is a "pre-course" online interface, where you can test your skills on the basics of MSG image interpretation. There will be data resources for you to work though, as well as quizzes which you will need to complete in order to be eligible to be formally invited to attend the workshop in Pretoria, South Africa in March 2015.
The Eumetsat Satellite workshop aims to cover basic satellite image interpretation as well as to introduce new techniques in visualizing and manipulating satellite data. This years' course will be more practical and "hands on". the Online phase will run from the 13th October until the 19th November. The workshop itself will be hosted in Pretoria, South Africa, from the 1st to the 5th December 2014.
The 1-Day Basic Meteorological Understanding course is designed to facilitate an understanding of some basic meteorological concepts for persons without a background in meteorology. It serves as background for understanding atmospheric processes and as well as the interpretation of weather systems in the Southern Hemisphere, and is regularly presented to new members of staff and key stakeholders. Primarily, the course seeks to;
The course included presentations on the following areas of focus;
A forum to discuss interesting features seen on satellite imagery
This is a course for practice as a reviewer for WMO moodle course that is being developed.
These notes show the similarities and differences in the coding of METARs and SPECIs with those of MET TEPORTS and SPECIAL report formats
This module explains the MetCap testing of sensors and the QC procedures
The course content is based on the Information obtained from the new and updated WMO International Cloud Atlas
This module looks at the general and scientific definitions of temperature as used in Meteorology. We also look at different instuments used to measure temperature along with their means of operation, how the temperature varies in one day as well as its impacts on atmospheric stability.
This should be read along with chapter three of explain basic meteorological concepts training manual for the National Certificate: Weather Observations. Any other material can also be used should there be a need for more knowledge not covered here and in the training manual. RTC trainers are also accessible for more explanation if necessary.
A basic refresher module on the interpretation of wind roses for use by Meteorological Technicians.
WMO/ICAO Aeronautical Meteorological Observer (AMO) Competency Criteria
1. Monitor continuously the weather situation.
2. Observe and record aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters.
3. Ensure the quality of the performance of systems and of meteorological information.
4. Communicate meteorological information to internal and external users.
This course is presented within the RTC Pretoria as part of the Post Graduate Certificate: Weather Forecasting
It has 2 components: A Theory component (5 days) and a practical component (6 months)
The 5 specific outcomes of the Aeronautical Meteorological Forecasters (AMF) course are:
1. Analyse and monitor continuously the weather situation.
2. Forecast aeronautical meteorological phenomena and parameters.
3. Warn of hazardous phenomena.
4. Ensure the quality of meteorological information and services.
5. Communicate meteorological information to internal and external users.
This course is designed to empower those doing Aviation Forecasting
The course deals with important theory behind the Aviation Meteorological Forecaster Competencies of WMO. This theory lays the foundation for learning how to do the practical aviation meteorological forecast competencies
The course will help to understand:-
The underpinning aviation theory needed to perform the duty of an aviation weather forecaster.
The competence requirements for MWF are divided under the following categories
This course targets a primary audience of Meteorologists who would like to become competent Aviation Meteorological Forecasters (AMF).
The course has 2 phases: A distance learning phase (4 months) and a classroom phase (1 month) where the practical competency for AMF is developed by forecasting and warning against hazardous weather phenomena using hazardous weather simulations.
This course will focus on the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) Satellite and its products. This satellite provides South Africa with the best Geo-Stationary satellite imagery available. The MSG system is established under cooperation between EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency (ESA), to ensure the continuity of meteorological observations from geostationary orbit. Software and data for the course will be obtained directly from Eumetsat. The following concepts will be covered in the course: • Basics of remote Sensing • Introduction to all 12 Channels of the MSG satellite • Introduction to Channel difference and Brightness Temperature Differences (BTD) • Introduction to channel combinations (RGB) • Basic cloud type identification • Accessing Data • Introduction to data manipulation using appropriate software
Learning resources for the meteorological training of members of the South African National Antarctic Expedition, Meteorological Teams
A needs analysis survey to determine training needs for Aviation Weather Forecasters
This is a survey to determine stake holder satisfaction of the 2018 forecaster intake into operations 6 months after they were appointed
This is a survey for the supervisors of the newly employed forecasters
This survey is intended to plan the re-fresher training of the forecasters in Cape Town as the prepare to take on the marine operations in 2019.