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Our Mission

The Warning Decision Training Division (WDTD) develops and delivers training on the integrated elements of the warning process involving a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office and its partners. WDTD instructors develop and deliver a variety of in-residence, teletraining, and on-line asynchronous training content to meet this mission. Our primary goal is to increase expertise among NOAA/NWS personnel and their core partners so that they can better serve the public during warning operations.

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WPC Metwatch Recorded Webinar

Example slide from MRMS Training

The Metwatch (or meteorological watch) desk is relatively new at WPC, as the responsibility of issuing heavy rainfall mesoscale discussions was transferred from the Storm Prediction Center to WPC in 2013. Despite the advent of many high resolution numerical models, the prediction of heavy rainfall and flash flooding remains a challenge across the NWS, especially during the warm season. The WPC Metwatch desk’s mission is to provide an advance notice of potential flash flooding across the Lower 48, as well as significant rainfall from atmospheric river events along the West Coast, through the Mesoscale Precipitation Discussion (MPD). The WFOs and RFCs are considered the primary audience for MPDs, though additional applications for flooding awareness via the Metwatch desk’s duties vary widely across the CONUS. This presentation’s design is to inform local WFOs and RFCs about how the WPC Metwatch desk operates and explain the strengths and limitations of what Metwatch has to offer to the Field.

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Updated: September 22, 2016 10:53 CT

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