The “History of the Incident Meteorologist Program” describes the evolution of fire weather support by National Weather Service meteorologists, including the more recent expansion to other hazardous incidents and significant national events. This webcast also reviews the evolution of the Air-Transportable Meteorological Unit (ATMU) into today’s AMRS/FxNet system used by Incident Meteorologists today. This short webcast is part of the Advanced Fire Weather Forecasters Course.
At the end of this module you should be able to:
• Identify key events and milestones in the NWS Fire Weather and IMET program
• Describe the ATMU and its evolution into today's AMRS/FxNet system used by IMETs today
• Describe important customer issues that arose in the 1990s and steps made in recent years to resolve these issues and improve/expand IMET services
Incident Meteorologist, Incident Meteorologists, IMET, IMETs, Big Blowup, Ed Pulaski, US Weather Bureau, fire weather program, RAWS, NIFC, Interagency Fire Center, ATMU, AMRS, FXNet, Yellowstone Fires, Cantara Loop, Columbia Space Shuttle recovery, National Fire Plan
May 2020 - The lesson was updated to current internet standards (mp4/html5), with no changes to content.
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