MEA 498/598: National Weather Service Student Internship

Spring 2014

 

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 2/27/2014

 

Date

Worksheet

Activities & Reminders

Orientation

Jan 16

 

Orientation, group photo, administrative activities

Receive training materials

Training

Jan 19 – Jan 25

AWIPS Worksheet

Training with AWIPS (AWIPS Familiarization Reference and Worksheet)

Complete the NOAA Safety Training in the LMS and the “NOAA IT Security Awareness Course” by Jan 26

Week 1

Jan 26 - Feb 1

week 1

Level I - focus on local observations and observing systems

Complete the “Welcome to the National Weather Service” LMS training by Feb 21

View the “NEXRAD Eye to the Sky” video by Feb 2

Week 2

Feb 2 - Feb 8

week 2

Level I - focus on upper air and satellite observations

Turn in Journal 1 by Feb 9 

Week 3

Feb 9 - Feb 15

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 16 – Feb 22

week 4

Level I - finishing up on the HMT/Intern Desk

Week 5

Feb 23 - Mar 1

No worksheet

Level I – one last run on the HMT/Intern Desk

Turn in Journal 2 by Mar 2 

Week 6

Mar 2 – Mar 8

week 6

Level II - Focus on forecast process and introduction into GFE

Forecast Process - A General Approach to Weather Forecasting

Activity – Group Weather Event Simulator - Synoptic Scale Overview March 5, 5-630 pm

Complete 1) “Fundamental Relationships Between Shear and Buoyancy on Convective Storm Structure and Type” and 2) “Multicell Archetypes”  LMS training before the activity and take the quizzes

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 16 – Mar 22

Mar 23 – Mar 29

Mar 30 – Apr 5

Apr 6  – Apr 12

Near term worksheet

Level II round robin - Short term forecast shift

Turn in Journal 3 by Mar 23

Activity – Individual Weather Event Simulator – Storm Scale and Warning Operations dates and time set by student

Complete 1) “Base Reflectivity”, 2) “Base Velocity” and 3) “Storm-Relative Velocity”  training before the activity

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 16 – Mar 22

Mar 23 – Mar 29

Mar 30 – Apr 5

Apr 6  – Apr 12

Aviation worksheet

Level II round robin - Aviation forecast shift

Complete the “NWS Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAF)” LMS training before the shift and take the quiz

Activity – Trip to KRAX radar date TBD

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 16 – Mar 22

Mar 23 – Mar 29

Mar 30 – Apr 5

Apr 6  – Apr 12

Fire weather worksheet

Level II round robin - Fire weather forecast shift

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

Turn in Journal 4 by Apr 6

Activity – Trip to KIGX ASOS date TBD

Week 7/8/9/10

Mar 16 – Mar 22

Mar 23 – Mar 29

Mar 30 – Apr 5

Apr 6  – Apr 12

Extended range worksheet

Level II round robin - Extended range forecast shift

Activity – NWS job application primer date TBD

Week 11

Apr 13  – Apr 19

week 11

Level II - Independent forecast discussions

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

Turn in hard copy of AFD by Apr 19

Week 12

Apr 20  – Apr 26

week 12

Level II - Independent forecast discussions

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

Turn in Journal 5 and a hard copy of AFD by Apr 26