Traditional approaches to training new meteorologists in MSC have included classroom teaching of theoretical meteorology followed by on the job training. Indeed, a 2006 survey of operational meteorologists across MSC and parts of the NWS revealed that “Double-banking with experts” (i.e., working alongside an experienced forecaster) was considered the most effective mode of training.
In order to put the forecasters in the best position to succeed in 2010, a multi-pronged training approach was devised to train the team. This has included both theoretical training and practical training at the Olympic venues. Specifically:
Theoretical Foundation - In addition, a series of Mountain Weather Workshops have been delivered in Boulder, CO in conjunction with the Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET). Experts in the field of mountain meteorology presented lectures to the forecast team and afternoon lab sessions were given to allow students to apply some of the new-found knowledge.
Practical Training - To date, there have been two seasons of practicum training at Olympic venues. These have been accompanied by simulators and double banking.
The investment in this training will continue up until 2010 with more classroom course and practicum sessions. The end result shall be a group of highly qualified meteorologists and a legacy of training material and methods for future applications