Weather Observing Fundamentals

Weather Observing Fundamentals
After completing this training, you’ll be able to:
  • Observe and identify the 27 states of the sky
  • Estimate the height of cloud bases and tops
  • Encode observed weather using 99 present weather symbols displayed on weather charts
  • Determine present weather types and intensities
  • Determine significant wave heights, primary and secondary wave height, period, direction from afloat platforms
  • Determine temperature and dewpoint
  • Determine sea level pressure, station pressure, altimeter pressure
  • Encode observed elements into Synoptic Code
  • Explain how weather observations are used in Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Use special weather observation criteria (ice, snow depth, SPECI criteria) to determine when weather conditions require special observations to be recorded
  • Perform bathythermograph observations