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MetEd lessons are multi-lingual!
Posted on: 2016-12-01

MetEd has always had a strong Spanish presence with a Spanish version of the site and over 130 lessons available in Spanish. But we also have:


Get Weather-Ready with MetEd
Posted on: 2016-05-20

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As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™, The COMET® Program is committed to helping improve the nation’s readiness for extreme weather and other hazardous events. The MetEd website hosts a suite of free, informative materials related to natural hazards preparedness, including desktop exercises for emergency managers and fun interactives to engage families in packing an emergency preparedness kit and working on a safety plan.

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Geospatial: A new topic area on MetEd
Posted on: 2015-10-29

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Data with a geographic component, geospatial data, is integral to hydrology, meteorology, and many other scientific fields. COMET has been addressing geospatial related topics for several years through our publications on hydrography (see our distance learning course, Elements of Hydrography), navigation (see the lesson, Principles of Celestial Navigation), and...

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GOES-R Satellites Orientation Course
Posted on: 2015-03-20

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The next generation of NOAA Geostationary Weather satellites will launch in March of 2016. Now that we are within the one year launch window for GOES-R, there is no time like the present to learn more about the exciting advancements that will soon become available to many in the western hemisphere. Start your learning with our, GOES-R...

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Winter is here in the northern hemisphere
Posted on: 2014-10-22

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Winter is coming to the northern hemisphere and MetEd has a great collection of lessons in a self-paced course to help you hone your winter weather forecasting skills. Our Winter Weather Distance Learning Course addresses some of the key challenges to winter weather forecasting, including: microphysics, precipitation type, precipitation amount, and applications of NWP ensembles. Visit the course page and hit the Enroll button to get started....

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Preparedness Materials on MetEd
Posted on: 2014-09-16

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September is National Preparedness Month and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has information about hazards and how your family, workplace, or community can prepare. A recent poll found that many U.S. households are unprepared for a disaster, with 40% of parents not having an emergency plan and 35% not having even a minimal two-day...

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COMET is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador
Posted on: 2014-06-05

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Earlier this year, COMET was approached by NOAA to help connect the public with the Weather-Ready Nation initiative. As a 20+ year training partner with NOAA's National Weather Service, we have a long history of improving the nation's readiness and responsiveness to extreme weather events. Read more about the Weather-ready initiative here.
 


Flash Flood Webinar Series: Sign up for our 2nd offering
Posted on: 2014-04-10

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Matt Kelsch, COMET staff meteorologist, emptying a rain gauge during September 2013's epic flooding event in Boulder, CO.

Join the COMET Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for our next round of "pay-as-you-go" webinar series. The topic is flash flooding and the webinars will be offered on May 21-22, 2014. Led by flood expert Matt Kelsch, this series is designed to increase your knowledge and interest about these dangerous and fascinating natural phenomena. The two webinars will look...

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Flash Flood Webinar Series: Sign up now!
Posted on: 2014-02-22

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Matt Kelsch, COMET staff meteorologist, emptying a rain gauge during September 2013's epic flooding event in Boulder, CO.

Join the COMET Program of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) for our first "pay-as-you-go" webinar series. The topic is flash flooding and the webinars will be offered on March 19-20, 2014. Led by flood expert Matt Kelsch, this series is designed to increase your knowledge and interest about these dangerous and fascinating natural phenomena. The two webinars will look at different aspects of...

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Share MetEd!
Posted on: 2013-11-22

We recently added a sharing tool to MetEd:

Share MetEd Each lesson description page now includes a sharing toolbar with quick access to all the big (and small) social networking and webmail sites. So start pointing your friends and co-workers to your favorite MetEd lessons!

 


MetEd's user community keeps on growing!
Posted on: 2013-10-02

On Saturday, September 28, the 300,000th user registered on MetEd. Wow! We never thought we'd have that many folks signed up when our sponsors first asked us to put a registration system in place in 2007.

Over in our Facebook Group, we're just about to pass the 2000 member mark. If you're on Facebook and haven't checked out our group, take a look and join. There are people from around the world sharing weather events and personal insights on forecasting. It's become a lively place with frequent postings. We also post to the group whenever we publish new content on MetEd so it's a great way to keep up to date with our ever growing library of content.

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Donate to Support MetEd
Posted on: 2013-04-03

You can now donate to support MetEd! Your contribution will help maintain MetEd as an international resource used by hundreds of thousands of registered users and allow us to maintain 24-hour, 7-days a week availability.

With more than 700 hours of instructional content and user-friendly features to track quizzes and course enrollment, MetEd has become a great resource for over 275,000 registered users. If you've used MetEd, you know that it contains only high quality content for learning more about operational meteorology, hydrology, climate change, and other areas of study in the geosciences.

Please consider donating to support this awesome resource! Any amount donated is appreciated. If you are a regular user of MetEd, you might consider donating $10 on a monthly...

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Module Ratings and Reviews
Posted on: 2012-09-12

We just added a rating and review feature to our module description pages. And we're excited to hear more from you!


We're hoping you'll share your thoughts about our modules with us and the MetEd community.

We've always had surveys associated with our modules, and we do get a fair number of those every day. They provide us with valuable insight on how our modules are meeting your needs and how we can make them better. And now we think it is prime time for some of those insights to be shared with the rest of the folks using MetEd. So let your voice be heard and post your reviews whenever you finish a module.

The review and rating system...

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Rapid Refresh (RAP) replaces RUC model
Posted on: 2012-05-08

The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction implemented a replacement to the Rapid Update Cycle (RUC) model now called the Rapid Refresh (RAP) on May 1, 2012. View the short training video on the most important operational impacts to the forecaster below or on our Operational Models Matrix site.

For access to dozens of numerical modeling modules, visit our Numerical Modeling (NWP) topic page.


New Satellite Course: Multispectral Satellite Application Topics
Posted on: 2012-02-22

This self-paced distance learning course provides forecasters, students, researchers, and other interested learners with a foundation in the products and applications from multispectral satellite observations and various methodologies used to derive multispectral image products. Check it out here.


Media Galleries and Updated Media Search
Posted on: 2012-02-07

We've updated our module description pages to include a project's media elements. Check out your favorite module's description page and look for the Media Gallery tab, like our recent publication, Space Weather Basics, 2nd Edition. Click the "More details..." link below a thumbnail to get, well, more details! Some of our older modules will be missing the Media Gallery feature as their media elements are not in our database.

We've also updated the search results tab, Images and Media Results. Use the search tool near the top of many of MetEd's pages to search for your favorite meteorological topic and check...

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Highlights of the NAM-B model update
Posted on: 2011-10-19

The NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction implemented a significant update to the North American Mesoscale (NAM) model (the NAM-B) on 12 UTC 18 October 2011. See the short training video on the three most important operational impacts to the forecaster on our Operational Models Matrix site. For access to dozens of numerical modelling modules, visit our Numerical Modeling (NWP) topic page.


Volcanic Ash Course Added
Posted on: 2011-10-10

With the recent publication of the fourth module in the Volcanic Ash series, Volcanic Ash: Observation Tools and Dispersion Models, we've put together a new distance learning course: Volcanic Ash: Science, Impacts and Forecasting Course. The focus of this series of modules is to provide the operational meteorologist with a thorough understanding of the cause and characteristics of volcanic eruptions, detecting volcanic ash, forecasting plume movement, and assessing societal impacts. For our NOAA users, this course is also represented in the Commerce Learning Center @ National Weather Service as a development plan.


SKWARN Spotter Course Added
Posted on: 2011-09-02

We just opened a new distance learning course, SKYWARN® Spotter Training. This course covers the basics of being a SKYWARN Spotter. The goal of the course is to provide baseline training for all spotters through multiple modules covering the procedures for spotting (including communication and spotter report criteria) and safety considerations for all hazards. You can choose to register as a SKYWARN Spotter with the National Weather Service (NWS) by using the checkbox that appears after you Enroll in the course. If you check the box, you will be able to register with the NWS after passing the course.


Introduction to Meteorology Resources
Posted on: 2011-08-23

We just added a huge collection of links to online resources matched up to a generic, college-level Introduction to Meteorology course (https://sites.google.com/a/comet.ucar.edu/introduction-to-meteorology-resources/). Take a look and let us know what you think!


Search for Modules and Media on MetEd
Posted on: 2011-07-01

Have you done a search on MetEd recently? Our search provides 3 tabs of results:

  1. Module Title Results are linked to our database that describes our modules.
    The results are based on a search of a modules title, description, and key words.
  2. Site-wide Content Results are based on a custom Google search
    that crawls through all of our modules and returns every reference to the search term.
  3. Images and Media Results are also linked to our database of most of the media created for our modules.
    The results are based on a search of a media objects file name, description, and labels.  There are over 15,000 records in our media database. That's a lot of media! Note that due to copyrights, you must...

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Welcome to Our New Home!
Posted on: 2011-03-11

We've done a spring cleaning and our site has a fresh new look and feel.

We hope you find the new layout and functionality of the site useful. It's a major change from the previous site. Not to worry though, existing accounts are all still here and our modules still work the way they always have.

Here's a list of just some of the key changes we've made:

  • Gave the site a whole new look
  • Reduced the amount of content on the front page
  • Consolidated our topic areas under the "Education and Training" tab
  • Added a 'MyMetEd' page with your quiz results, access to certificates, a personal module queue, and course enrollment management
  • Made it easier to share quiz results using a "Share Score" button next to your quiz results
  • Added...

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MetEd en español: is it for you?
Posted on: 2011-02-01

If your science teaching touches on climate, meteorology, hydrology and other related fields, and you work with a Spanish-speaking learners, MetEd en español may be quite a resource for you. Even if you don't, take a look at our Glossary page: there you will find links to terminology resources in English and in Spanish, including COMET's own bilingual glossary. Why would you find this glossary useful if you do not speak Spanish? Because, it contains hundreds of acronyms, researched and spelled out, sometimes with an indication of common incorrect uses.