National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

COMET Training Facility
Boulder, Colorado
June 19-20, 2001

Jay Breidenbach, Lead Instructor, NWS/OHD Hydrology Laboratory
Matthew Kelsch, COMET/UCAR
Paul Tilles, NWS/OHD Hydrology Laboratory
John Kuhn, NWS/OCWWS Hydrologic Services Division

Note: On-line lectures below are a mixture of Corel WordPerfect, Presentations, and MS Powerpoint files that can be downloaded to your computer and extracted by double-clicking on the *.exe filename.
Tuesday June 19th  
8:00-8:30 Introduction

Basics of Radar Rainfall Estimation
Precipitation Processing System (PPS) Problems and Solutions

  • Climatology-based vs. Terrain-based Hybrid Scan
  • VPR Range Correction
  • Raingage Bias Correction
  • Truncation Problem
9:45-10:30 Radar Climatology and Effective Radar Coverage
10:30 - Noon Radar Climatology Laboratory Exercise #1
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00 - 2:00 History of Stage II and III Precipitation Processing System
2:15 - 4:30

Capabilities of RFC-wide MPE

  • Improved Mosaicking
  • Graphical User Interface
  • Description of Available Rainfall Fields
  • Improved Radar-gage Mean-field Bias Adjustment
  • Improved Multisensor Rainfall Estimation
  • New Local Bias Adjustment
  • Incorporating Satellite Rainfall Estimates
MPE GUI Laboratory Exercise #2
Raingauge Characteristics and Quality
MPE Editing/Saving Laboratory Exercise #3
Climatology of Precipitation: Use of PRISM
Local Bias and PRISM Laboratory Exercise #4
4:30 Reception

Wednesday June 20th

RFC-wide MPE System Administration

  • Database Tables
  • Directory Structure
  • Crontabs
  • Scripts
  • Decode_DPA
  • SII Preprocessor (SIIPP)
  • Log Files
9:45-10:00 Saving Case Studies
10:00-10:45 Saving Case Study Laboratory Exercise #5

Operational Perspectives from Beta Test Sites

Noon-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Optimizing Adaptable Parameters
Optimizing Adaptable Parameters Laboratory Exercise #6
2:00-2:30 Post Analysis
Post Analysis Laboratory Exercise #7
2:30-3:00 MAPX Preprocessor and Use by Hydrologic Models
3:15 - 4:00 XMRG Climatologies and Long-term Accumulations
4:00- 5:00 Operational Field Support, Requesting Enhancements
Future Enhancements
Course Evaluation

MPE Documentation

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