Training Guide for Severe Weather Forecasters
AIR FORCE GLOBAL WEATHER CENTRAL OFFUTT AFB NE
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Presented here is a formal and detailed training guide designed for a forecasters initial exposure to the Air Force Global Weather Centrals AFGWC severe weather function. This TN details the analysis procedures for all charts and prognostic tools available to the severe weather function. Significant severe weather parameters are analyzed at the surface 850 mb, 700 mb, and 500 mb levels. Additionally, the 850500 mb thickness and maximum wind charts are examined. Also discussed are the severe weather parameters chart and the 12-hour surface pressure change chart. A detailed, step-by-step evaluation of a synoptic situation is presented along with appropriate forecasts and verification data. Finally, the automated prognoses available at AFGWC are discussed in relation to severe weather forecasting. Prior to using this guide, forecasters should become familiar with AWSTR 200 Rev, Note on Analysis and Severe Storm Forecasting of the Air Force Global Weather Central. AWSTR 200 Rev is referred to briefly when relating analyzed parameters to those synoptic patterns producing severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. This TN will familiarize field users with the techniques used to produce the Military Weather Advisory MWA.