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Public Weather Forecasting Needs Analaysis Survey
PWF Needs Analysis
PWF Needs Analysis 2019
PWF Needs Analysis 2019
Which Forecasting Office do you work at?
Are you aware that there are WMO recommended practices regarding Public Weather Forecasting?
Below, the WMO Recommended Practices for Public Weather forecasting will be presented to you by competency criteria. Please also read the competency document on the Moodle page you accessed to complete this survey for more clarity.
PWF Needs Analysis
Regarding Competency criteria 1: Analyse and monitor continually the evolving meteorological situation, which aspects do you feel you need refresher training in?
Understanding the key elements of synoptic and mesoscale Met
Application of theory, methods and practices of Met analysis and diagnosis
The ability to visualize/conceptualize met information in multiple dimensions
The influence of topography, land cover and bodies of water on local meteorology
Interpretation of in-situ and remote sensed observations and data
Understanding of the characteristics of meteorological sensors and instruments
Familiarity with the acquisition, processing and assimilation of Met data
Understanding of procedures, standards and technical regulations relating to observations and to forecast and warning products.
With regards to Satellite interpretation, do you need further training on basic remote sensing and MSG interpretation?
Do you require training on one or more of the following RGB's?
Day natural colours
Do you require training on one or more of the following Mid latitude/synoptic system based RGB's and normal single channels?
24 hour Microphysical
Do you need training on one or more of the following Satellite Application facilities or Lightning output?
Indicate which fields if any that you need further training in RADAR interpretation for?
Vertical cross Sections
Severe storm identification
basic RADAR interpretation
Regarding Competency criteria 2: Forecast Meteorolgical phenomena and parameters, in which areas would you need refresher training?
Knowledge of the methods used in NWP, including EPS
Knowledge of the strengths and weakness of NWP
Critical comparison of a variety of forecast models, obs data etc to forecast
Interpretation of model outputs at different time ranges
Determining which observational, model, contextual and impact information is most relevant, especially in very short range forecasting
Knowledge of the potential impacts of meteorological events on users and their decision-making processes
Are you confident in using the various NWP outputs availble to you, including the new UM SA4km and SA1.5km outputs?
Do you require any training on the following EPS based aspects?
EPS basic interpretation
Applying EPS output to your forecast
Are you confident in performing an NWP evaluation against realtime data sets?
Are you confident in comparing various model runs with one another (ie SA4km 00Z and SA4km 06Z for maximum temperature outputs)
Do you require training on any of the following aspects of NWP?
Basic NWP evaluation
Basic interpretation of NWP output fields
Using the NWP to find Public Weather related Alerts
Medium term forecasts using NWP
Regarding competency criteria 3: Warn of hazardous weather, in which areas would you need refresher training?
a) Forecast hazardous meteorological phenomena, including spatial extent, onset/cessation, duration, intensity and temporal variations.
b) Ensure that warnings are prepared and issued in accordance with national protocols for hazardous phenomena and their impacts.
c) Ensure insofar as practicable, that warnings of hazardous meteorological phenomena are consistent (spatially and temporally) across boundaries of the area of responsibility.
d) Monitor warnings issued for other regions, and liaise with adjacent regions as required.
e) Maintain awareness of the impacts of hazardous meteorological phenomena which are the subject of warnings and notifications.
Do you require training on any of the following software packages/visualisation software/outputs?
Flash flood guidance
Regarding Competency criteria 5: Ensure quality of Meteorological information and services, in which areas would you need refresher training?
(a) Apply the organization's quality management system and procedures.
(b) Validate meteorological data, products, forecasts and warnings (timeliness, completeness, accuracy).
(c) Assess the impacts of known error characteristics (bias, achievable accuracy of observations and sensing methods).
(d) Contribute to case studies and post reviews as required, including the assimilation of user feedback and impact information.
Are you aware of where to find the correct templates and standard operating proceedures for your office?
Do you know when and how to make use of the SAWS "logacall" service?
Regarding Competency criteria 4: Communicate meteorological information to internal and external users, in which areas would you need refresher training?
a) Ensure that all forecast and warnings are disseminated through the authorised communication means and channels to designated user groups as specified in relevant standard operating procedures.
b) Explain meteorological data and information, including uncertainties where required.
c) Deliver briefings and provide consultation to meet specific user needs as required
Do you require training in any of the following communication methods:
If there are any other areas of training that you require, which have not been addressed in this survey, please list them below. Please be as specific as possible.
Do require any training on Impact Based Forecasting
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