Thursday, June 29, 2006

Forecasting for WMD's????

In May I attended an Incident Meteorologist (IMET) training class to learn how forecasting fot the weather can help in hazardous material spills, WMDs including biological weapon releases and bombings, and other disaster incidents. That is where they want to take the IMET program instead of us just involved with wildfires, oil spills, and chemical spills. Very interesting class. It was held at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. There are multiple agencies there including the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Parks Service, Weather Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, etc. I'm so excited to be involved, something I've been wanting to do since I started working at the weather service!

This is where the firefighters and smoke jumpers come to train and get dispatched.

This is a satellite dish with "RAWS" on it. There are nearly 2,200 interagency Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) strategically located throughout the United States. These stations monitor the weather. Weather data assists land management agencies with a variety of projects – monitoring air quality, rating fire danger, and providing information for research applications.
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