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Lightning Training Resources

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Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training (Comet)

COMET logo The Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training supports, enhances, and stimulates the communication and application of scientific knowledge of the atmospheric and related sciences for the operational and educational communities. COMET’s Web-based self-paced training materials serve earth science education and training needs by providing interactive experiences for learners at a distance. Experts at both the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) have contributed to many of these lessons.

Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R GLM: Introduction to the Geostationary Lightning Mapper:  This extension of the COMET module "GOES-R: Benefits of Next Generation Environmental Monitoring" focuses on the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) instrument. GLM will provide continuous lightning measurements over a large portion of the Western Hemisphere, mapping total lightning (intra-cloud and cloud–to–ground) flash rates and trends. This module is also available in Spanish.

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper

GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course: Geostationary Lightning Mapper: This course is part of a webinar series to provide university faculty and others with a solid basis for using GOES-R/16 data in coursework and student research projects. This module highlights the capabilities of the GOES-R/16 Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in both operational and research applications and how the GLM differs from land-based lightning detection.

NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)

NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT)NASA’s Short-term Prediction Research and Transition Center (SPoRT) provides training about specific products, discussing the strengths and weaknesses, with the goal of successfully transitioning products to operations. This training is built from surveys and direct communication with our partners. With this paradigm, the forecasters are an integral component of the transition process and not a passive recipient of data. SPoRT Product Training Modules include: Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper, Lightning Mapping Array, MODIS Fog Products, GOES Fog Depth, and more.

Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper

Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper

Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper:  This module is an update to the original 2010 training module with new information, graphics, and content. This module introduces SPoRT's Pseudo Geostationary Lightning Mapper Flash Extent Density product and variants for use in the GOES-R Proving Ground. The Pseudo GLM is intended as a training product for forecasters ahead of the GOES-R era and to prepare forecasters for the more robust GLM proxy product under development by the Algorithm Working Group.

UAH GOES-R CI

Total Lightning Application in a Tornado Event

Total Lightning Application in a Tornado Event: Total lightning trends provide a proxy to storm stage and a “jump” in activity can be a precursor to severe weather. This case demonstrates the application of total lightning source density (similar to ‘Events’ from GLM) along with radar data to anticipate severe weather, which resulted in a tornado event.
Additional Scenarios

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Additional Scenarios

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Additional Scenarios: This is a follow-up to the Total Lightning Training: Part 1 module and assumes a basic knowledge of total lightning. This sub-section focuses on other cases that may not fight directly with the other two sub-sections. This will cover an "obvious" severe weather event (i.e., a large outbreak) and a null cases where severe weather occurred, but no lightning jump was observed. The full module includes the Safety and Severe Weather sub-sections.

Safety

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Safety

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Safety: This is a follow-up to the Total Lightning Training: Part 1 module and assumes a basic knowledge of total lightning. This sub-section focuses on the use of total lightning for lightning safety needs. This ranges from receiving lead time ahead of the first cloud-to-ground strike to incident support. The full module includes the Severe Weather and Additional Scenarios sub-sections.

Severe Weather

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Severe Weather

Total Lightning Operational Uses: Severe Weather: This is a follow-up to the Total Lightning Training: Part 1 module and assumes a basic knowledge of total lightning. This sub-section focuses on the most common use of total lightning; severe weather decision support. This module focuses on the use of lightning jumps for three different events. These include a severe wind and hail event as well as a tornadic event. The full module includes the Safety and Additional Scenarios sub-sections.

Total Lightning Training: Part 1

Total Lightning Training: Part 1

Total Lightning Training: Part 1: This module introduces the user to total lightning and the source density product provided by NASA SPoRT.

Tracking Tool basics for total lightning

Tracking Tool basics for total lightning

Tracking Tool basics for total lightning: Quick Guide to applying the Tracking Meteogram Tool to total lightning data in order to look for sharp increases in the trend of flashes and hence precursors to severe weather.

WRF Model Lightning Forecast Algorithm (LFA)

WRF Model Lightning Forecast Algorithm (LFA)

WRF Model Lightning Forecast Algorithm (LFA): This tutorial provides background information on the development, calibration, and application of the Lightning Forecast Algorithm (LFA), as implemented into the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) numerical weather prediction model. The LFA is a demonstration product for use in the GOES-R Proving Ground to develop model proxy fields of total lightning that could be used in future data assimilation applications of the Geostationary Lightning Mapper.

Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT)

VISIT logo Virtual Institute for Satellite Integration Training (VISIT) is a joint effort involving NOAA Cooperative Institutes, the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), and the National Weather Service (NWS). The primary mission of VISIT is to accelerate the transfer of research results based on atmospheric remote sensing data into NWS operations using distance education techniques. Training sessions include topics on Satellite Meteorology, Severe Weather, Climate, Numerical Weather Prediction, and more. Many of these modules were developed in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) and the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA). VISIT also provides monthly Satellite Chats to demonstrate satellite products that can be applied to operational forecasting and identify new training topics based on specific participant needs. See the VISIT Training Calendar for upcoming VISIT Satellite Chats.

A selection of VISIT training sessions specific to GOES is listed below:

Can total lightning help with warnings for non-supercell tornadoes?

Can total lightning help with warnings for non-supercell tornadoes?: Review what a non-supercell tornado is and learn how total lightning may be related to non-supercell tornadoes.

Visualizing the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in AWIPS

Visualizing the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) in AWIPS: This module is part of the GOES-R Satellite Foundational Course and covers the Geostationary Lightning Mapper display in AWIPS.