Specific Job Task Skills and Knowledge:
Task 4.1: Determine buoyancy and shear-related characteristics of the mesoscale environment for the purpose of anticipating potential convective storm types through the use of upper-air observations and model output (i.e., hodographs and Skew-T diagrams).
Task 4.2: Apply conceptual models of cloud microphysics, convective mesoscale processes, and storm life cycles for the purpose of identifying convective storm types and associated hazardous weather threats in the 0 - 6 hour time frame.
Task 4.3: Using all available in-situ and remote-sensing observational data, numerical model data, and SPC guidance to maintain a high level of situational awareness with respect to the evolution of mesoscale boundaries, buoyancy fields, vertical wind shear profiles, storm movements/interactions, and existing watches, warnings, and advisories.
Task 4.4: Evaluate convective initiation aspects in the forecaster's CWA (i.e., potential timing and location) and collaborate with SPC for appropriate convective watch issuance, if necessary.
IC 4.1: Review the following courses, as defined by the topics delineated below.
Mesoscale Conceptual Models
COMET Training Module: Mesoscale Convective Systems: Squall Lines and Bow Echoes
COMET Training Module: Severe Convection II: Mesoscale Convective Systems
Severe Weather Parameters and Environments
Radar & Applications Course (RAC):
COMET Training Module: A Convective Storm Matrix: Buoyancy/Shear Dependencies
COMET Training Module: Principles of Convection II: Using Hodograph
IC 4.2: Utilize the Watch-by-County (WBC) Job Sheet to assist in WBC operations.
Storm Prediction Center List of Publications
The Denver Mesoscale Forecast Experiment: Central Region Applied Research Paper
Organization and Environmental Properties of Extreme Rain Producing MCSs by Russ S. Schumacher and Richard H. Johnson
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