Observer conducts Monday Briefing

Observer conducts the Monday AM briefings


Action sequence:

        Sunday evening, Observer prints analysis charts - surface, 850, 500, 300 mb charts.

        Observer either analyzes charts and reviews analysis with Forecaster, or analyzes them with the Forecaster.

        When they have a good depiction, they mark in with marker.

        Daywatch comes in, examines charts, inputs charts to JMV (Joint METOC Viewer).

        Have satellite charts, surface, 48hr forecast, and tropical conditions to be reported.

        Present report


What supports the action sequence?


What is the needed information?

Difax charts from NWS, 48 hour from forecaster - observer presents, Satellite from SAND, Tropical from 48 hour, slide depiction of warnings, positions, wind, direction, etc.




What is good or useful about the support and the depiction of needed information?


        All data is here locally - don't have to find or wait for data.

        The program JMV has a lot of potential - it is a good way to display data.

        Briefing is a good way to get Observers training - they tape the briefs which can be reviewed. Observers talk, interact about the weather in a training environment.


What about the support or information depiction makes the action sequence difficult?


        There is almost no formal training at all for presentations of briefs.

        No course in C school.

        They do have 12 days in C school in which they hand-draw charts and briefs.

        These are more about briefs for strikes rather than for general or aviation forecasting.

        JMV is new (version 3.1, three years old).

        Many don't know its full capabilities - learn minimum functionality to create slide show. Software also has numerous horizontal weather depictions (HWDs), can build animations, overlay SIGMETS, tropical warnings, observation and forecast data, etc.


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The University of West Florida