National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
 
MTR 498/598
NC State/NWS Intern Course
 
 

This is an internship experience at the Raleigh National Weather Service (NWS) Office for meteorology majors interested in a career in operational weather forecasting.  Activities include job shadowing, weather analysis, development of area forecast discussions, weather and storm summaries, seasonal familiarization sessions, site visits, and participation in routine shift operations of the NWS.

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Spring 2018, Summer 2018

 

 

Course Description   |   Orientation Power Point    |   NWA Conference Poster on the NC State/NWS Raleigh Internship

Shift Options  | Outreach Opportunities 

How to Access Required and Optional NWS Training Materials

 

References

AWIPS Familiarization Reference and Worksheet

NEXRAD Eye to the Sky Video

NOAA Technical Memo Operational Mesoanalysis

HPC Unified Surface Analysis Manual

Forecast Process - A General Approach to Weather Forecasting

Another Forecast Process View - Weather Forecasting Techniques and Tools

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

MetTalks: Exploring Careers in Governmental Meteorology (Playlist)

 
 

 

  Updated 30 March 2018

 

Date

Worksheet

Activities & Reminders

Orientation

Feb 6

 

Orientation, group photo, administrative activities

Training

Feb 06 – Feb 12

AWIPS Worksheet

Training with AWIPS (AWIPS Familiarization Reference and Worksheet)

Complete the “NOAA 2014 Safety and Environmental Awareness course” in the LMS and the “NOAA IT Security Awareness Course” by Feb 12

Week 1

Feb 10 – Feb 16

Week 1

"H"

Level I - focus on local observations and observing systems

Complete the “Welcome to the National Weather ServiceLMS training by Feb 16

Week 2

Feb 17 – Feb 23

Week 2

"Ri"

Level I - focus on upper air and satellite observations

Complete the “SatFC-G” Satellite LMS trainings before your shift

Turn in Week 1 Journal Due by March 2

Activity - KRAX Visit (Feb 21st)

Week 3

Feb 24 – Mar 02

Week 3

"K"

Level I - focus on hand analysis - NOAA Technical Memo Operational Mesoanalysis

HPC Unified Surface Analysis Manual

Complete the “Multicell Archetypes” and the “Multicell Severe Wind HazardsLMS training by Mar 02

Turn in Week 2 and 3 Journal Due by Mar 16

Week 4

Mar 03 – Mar 09

Week 4

Level I –  severe weather operations preview

Complete the “Effective Use of High-Resolution ModelsLMS training by Mar 09

Break

Mar 10 – Mar 16

 

Spring Break

Week 5

Mar 17 – Mar 23

 

Week 5

Level II - Focus on forecast process and introduction to GFE

Review Forecast Process - A General Approach to Weather Forecasting

Turn in Week 4 and 5 Journal Due by Mar 30

Activity- WES (March 19th + 21st)

Week 6/7/8/9

Mar 24 – Mar 30

Mar 31 – Apr 06

Apr 07 – Apr 13

Apr 14 – Apr 20

Near term worksheet

Level II round robin Near term forecast shift

Activity – Weather Event Simulations TBD

Complete the "Z, ZDR, CC, V & SRM" LMS training

Turn in Week 6 and 7 Journal Due by Apr 13

Week 6/7/8/9

Mar 24 – Mar 30

Mar 31 – Apr 06

Apr 07 – Apr 13

Apr 14 – Apr 20

Aviation worksheet

Level II round robin - Aviation forecast shift

Complete the “Introduction to TAF” and "Module 2 Digital Aviation Service GFE Grids" LMS training before the aviation shift and complete the quiz

Activity – GSO Upper-Air Trip (April 4th)

Week 6/7/8/9

Mar 24 – Mar 30

Mar 31 – Apr 06

Apr 07 – Apr 13

Apr 14 – Apr 20

Fire weather worksheet

Level II round robin - Fire weather forecast shift

Complete “The Structure of the NWS Fire Weather ProgramLMS training before the fire weather shift skip the exercise questions but complete the quiz

Turn in Week 7, 8, and 9 Journal Due by Apr 27

Week 6/7/8/9

Mar 24 – Mar 30

Mar 31 – Apr 06

Apr 07 – Apr 13

Apr 14 – Apr 20

Extended range worksheet

Level II round robin - Extended range forecast shift

Complete “Understanding the Role of Deterministic versus Probabilistic NWP InformationLMS training before the extended range shift and complete the quiz

Activity – TBD

Week 10

Apr 21  – Apr 28

Week 10

Level II - Independent forecast discussions

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

Complete "Effective Weather Messaging for NWS Employees" LMS training and at least 10 of the short "Public Speaking" training videos.