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Radar & Applications Course News

The FY17 offering of RAC is complete. Information on how SOOs can register their staff for the FY18 version of the course will be sent via e-mail during the third quarter of FY17. Check this page occasionally for updates.

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Warning Decision Training Division

Office of Chief Learning Officer

The Radar & Applications Course (RAC) FY18


News and Notes

RAC FY17 is now over. RAC FY18 will run from October 2017 through March 2018. More information on RAC FY18 enrollment will be made to NWS SOOs in the coming months.

Course Description

The Radar & Applications Course provides initial training on the use of the WSR-88D Radar. The primary purpose of the RAC is to train NWS forecasters (meteorologists and hydrologists) on the use of the radar in the forecast and warning decision making process. The course covers Doppler radar theory, technological aspects of the WSR-88D as it is used in AWIPS, management of the data stream via the Radar Product Generator (RPG), the infusion of science and application of conceptual models, and the development of methodologies for use in an operational setting.

The RAC was initially taught as a 3 1/2 week residence course in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1990 to 1997. The current format is a blended learning approach including on-line modules, instructor-led webinars, and a 1-week workshop delivered at its conclusion in Norman. The course is very comprehensive and involves around 116 hours of material over the span of about 6 months. At present the course is taught once a year with the current offering beginning in the Fall of 2016 and ending in Spring 2017.

RAC Pages

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