MEA 498/598: National Weather Service Student Internship

Spring 2015

 

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.

 

Web site - http://www.meas.ncsu.edu/nws/www/internship/

Course Description   |   Orientation Presentation 

Shift Options  | Outreach Opportunities 

How to Access Required and Optional NWS Training Materials

Activity Checklist

 

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

 

Updated 1/21/2015

 

Date

Worksheet

Activities & Reminders

Orientation

Jan 12

 

Orientation, group photo, administrative activities

Receive training materials

Training

Jan 18 – Jan 24

AWIPS Worksheet

Training with AWIPS (AWIPS Familiarization Reference and Worksheet)

Complete the “2014 Safety and Environmental Awareness course” in the LMS and the “NOAA IT Security Awareness Course” by Jan 31

Week 1

Jan 25 – Jan 31

week 1

Level I - focus on local observations and observing systems

Complete the “Welcome to the National Weather Service” LMS training by Feb 1

Week 2

Feb 1 - Feb 7

week 2

Level I - focus on upper air and satellite observations

Complete the “Basic Satellite Principles” LMS training by Feb 8  

Turn in Journal 1 by Feb 8 

Activity – Trip to KGSO for radiosonde release Feb 6 at 330 pm with RTE

Week 3

Feb 8 - Feb 14

week 3

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

HPC Unified Surface Analysis Manual

Turn in a copy of your hand analysis by Feb 15 

Week 4

Feb 15 – Feb 21

week 4

Level I - finishing up on the HMT/Intern Desk

Complete the “Multicell Archetypes” and the “Multicell Severe Wind Detection” LMS training by Feb 22

Week 5

Feb 22 – Feb 28

week 5

Level I –  severe weather operations preview

Complete the “Introduction to GFE” LMS training by Mar 1

Turn in Journal 2 by Mar 1 

Week 6

Mar 1 – Mar 7

week 6

Level II - Focus on forecast process and introduction to GFE

Review Forecast Process - A General Approach to Weather Forecasting

Activity – Trip to KRAX radar Mar 6 245 pm with JB

Complete the DLOC  “Reflectivity (Z)”, “Velocity (V)”, and “Storm-Relative Velocity (SRM)” LMS training by Mar 15

 

Mar 8-14

 

Spring Break

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 15 – Mar 21

Mar 22 – Mar 28

Mar 29 – Apr 4

Apr 5  – Apr 11

Near term worksheet

Level II round robin - Short term forecast shift

Complete the “Effective Use of High-Resolution Models” LMS training before the short term forecasting shift and complete the quiz

Turn in Journal 3 by Mar 22

Activity – Group Weather Event Simulator - Synoptic Scale Overview date/time TBD (but one evening from Mar 16-18)

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 15 – Mar 21

Mar 22 – Mar 28

Mar 29 – Apr 4

Apr 5  – Apr 11

Aviation worksheet

Level II round robin - Aviation forecast shift

Complete the “Introduction to TAF” LMS training before the aviation shift and complete the quiz

Activity – Individual 2-hour Weather Event Simulator – Storm Scale and Warning Operations date/time set by student from Mar 19 to Apr 1

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 15 – Mar 21

Mar 22 – Mar 28

Mar 29 – Apr 4

Apr 5  – Apr 11

Fire weather worksheet

Level II round robin - Fire weather forecast shift

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

Activity – Trip to Crabtree and/or Neuse River gauges Apr 3 at 245 pm with BV and MLM

Turn in Journal 4 by Apr 5

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 15 – Mar 21

Mar 22 – Mar 28

Mar 29 – Apr 4

Apr 5  – Apr 11

Extended range worksheet

Level II round robin - Extended range forecast shift

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

Activity – NWS job application primer date/time TBD (but sometime in Apr)

Week 11

Apr 12  – Apr 18

week 11

Level II - Independent forecast discussions

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

Turn in hard copy of AFD by Apr 18

Week 12

Apr 19  – Apr 25

week 12

Level II - Independent forecast discussions

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

Turn in Journal 5 and a hard copy of AFD by Apr 25