Cohort 1: We are delighted of the progress for Cohort 1. Richard and Eli are in the last week of training.

Week 3 and Week 4 Summary

Week 3

Topics: Marine forecasting techniques, tsunamis, local weather analysis and forecasting.

This week, we add in the ocean component to our weather analysis and forecasting.  Trainees receive training and software from the International Tsunami Information Center and visit the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.  Some cohorts may also have a day out in the field, accompanying the leader of the local NWS cooperative observation network on his monthly tour of observation sites across Oahu (including some very scenic locations!).

Week 4

Topics: Severe weather, communicating weather information to the public, tropical variability (e.g. ENSO, MJO), tropical cyclones, communication networks and systems, and webpage creation and maintenance.

For the final week in Honolulu, trainees focus on communicating their weather and forecast information.  This includes a discussion with the NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, a visit to the local media to speak with a broadcast meteorologist, and leading a South Pacific weather discussion for the forecast office.  Instructional topics are supplemented with presentations by scientists from the Pacific ENSO Applications Center and forecasters from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Cohort 2: We are gearing up for the 2nd cohort in August with 4 participants from Samoa (2), Fiji (1) and Solomon Islands (1). See announcement below for participant list. In the next two weeks, the Pacific Desk will host conference calls and webinar with the participants on training preparatory and prerequisites and program logistics. There will also be an opportunity to briefly talk with Cohort 1 on perspectives and other tips.

Cohort 3 and 4: We anticipate announcing selected participants for Cohorts 3 and 4 very shortly. There will also be 4 participants in each of the cohorts. We understand the need to complete administrative requirements and will get you information as soon as possible.

Additional Cohorts: Due to the overwhelming interest, the Pacific Desk will be adding additional cohorts to accommodate the need. This puts us well in 2015. We will share with you the schedule dates for Cohorts 5 and 6 when they are finalized.