Sitting: L-R Cohort #2 trainees Maccarios Auvae (Samoa), Wayne Pene (Fiji), Slade Ririmae (Solomon Islands), Silipa Mulitalo (Samoa). Standing: L-R Nigel Leafa Suli; Jason Gilbert (NOAA), Lufi Leafa Suli; Thomas Okamura (Pacific Desk), Raymond Tanabe (NOAA/NWS), Tom Evans (NOAA/NWS), Christina Higa (Pacific Desk), Jennifer Strahl (Pacific Desk), Brian Strahl (JTWC), H. Gingerlei Porter (Pacific Desk) and Edward Young (NOAA/NWS).

Pacific Desk says Mahalo and bids Aloha to Cohort #2

Friends, families and colleagues gathered Friday, 5th September 2014 at the National Weather Service Honolulu Forecast Office at the University of Hawaii, Manoa campus to celebrate the completion of Cohort #2 On-Site Training Program (OSTP).  Maccarios Auvae (Samoa Meteorological Service); Silipa Mulitalo (Samoa Meteorological Service); Wayne Pene (Fiji Meteorological Service); and Slade Ririmae (Solomon Islands) successfully completed the requirements of the OSTP.  Over the last 4-weeks, they received training in Introductory Tropical Meteorology topics, including: Thermodynamics; Satellite Interpretation; Surface and Upper-Air Analysis; General Circulation; Local Circulations; Tropical Weather Features; Numerical Weather Prediction; Forecast Philosophy; Forecast Verification; Marine Forecasts; Tsunamis; Severe Weather and Tropical Cyclones; Tropical Climate Variability; and Messaging and Weather Communications.

The Pacific Desk congratulates Cohort #2 on their commitment, dedication and hard work during their time with the Pacific Desk.

The Pacific Desk also paid special recognition to many individuals whose hard work and vision materialized the launching and relaunching of the Pacific Desk.

The Pacific Desk would like to express its appreciation to all our partners, organizations and experts, past and present who have contributed to the relaunching of the program. The Pacific Desk is funded by the National Weather Service (NWS) International Activities Office, and hosted by the UH Telecommunications And Social Informatics Research Program (UH TASI) in collaboration with the NWS Pacific Region and NWS Honolulu Forecast Office.