The Weather Forecasting School
quickly teaches the
inner workings of weather forecasting.
It's a series of courses taught by meteorologist Tim Vasquez, who not only has a forecasting background but also spent 10 years in Air Force meteorology and
has written several textbooks.
Since 2001 Tim has taught hundreds of hobbyists and forecasters the science and art
of weather forecasting through a unique building-block approach.
So why Weather Forecasting School?
It's conveniently located in Norman, Oklahoma -- the professional and academic severe weather capital of the world.
Undergraduates can fully prepare themselves for the demands of university meteorology coursework.
Perfect for storm chasers, amateur forecasters, SKYWARN net controllers, and broadcast meteorologists
looking to brush up in critical areas.
Let Forecast School come to your own home or office via the Internet! Forecast Teletraining, available starting in October 2014,
connects you one-on-one with Tim Vasquez
using the conferencing capabilities of Google Hangouts. We will use the screenshare and whiteboard functionality and
work with the exact same presentations and training materials as we use for residence classes, with the hopes of simulating the
classroom experience as much as possible. All you need is a computer and to sign into Google Hangouts (free).
When training begins you may choose either a
(such as Severe Weather Forecasting 101) or opt for an open-ended session
describe what you want to cover during the lesson and get trained with ad hoc course material and case studies
to address those topics. We can even work with current weather data!
Topics can include radar, soundings, hodographs, plotting, analysis, severe weather, tornadoes,
synoptic meteorology, and much more, as simple or as complex as you like. No numerical meteorology
or climate change topics since those fields are not our specialty and we deal strictly with operational meteorology.
Sessions begin October 21 and may be scheduled up to a year in the future.
Class time is priced at $29 per half hour.
* Date and time:
To save time, please write your requested date/time in the "comments" block when checking out. Available training times are 7 days a week between 1 pm and 12 midnight Central Time, subject to availability.
A voice headset or webcam is required. You may use only voice if you wish (we will likely do the same, at least this fall). Meteorology experience or education is not required -- all hobbyists and amateurs are welcome.
* Multiple blocks:
You may purchase multiple blocks and use them all at once or save them for up to a year.
Your requested session date and time is not confirmed until it is replied to and agreed to.
* Advance notice:
We usually need 48 hours notice before setting up a class time; if we can't meet your requested date/time we'll work with you to set up another one.
* Certification letters:
Upon request we can mail certification letters for your training sessions stating what was covered and
certifying your level of proficiency.
A block is half an hour. Initial connection & setup efforts and interruptions on our end will not count against your class time.
One block ($29): Sign up
Five blocks ($129): Sign up
Ten blocks ($249): Sign up
* Resident classes in Norman, Oklahoma will not be available in 2014 or 2015
. Most of our students have expressed
interest in moving to online sessions because of current travel costs. The FAQ sheet for resident classes can still
be viewed on our Frequently Asked Questions page
* Personalized VIP Training
in Dallas or Tyler, Texas, is available at the special rate of
$495/day or $295/half day. You will be responsible for provide the training location, such as a conference room,
house, hotel meeting room, or hotel room.
Tim Vasquez will bring a computer and projector, and training can be provided on
topics like analysis, soundings, hodographs, models, dynamics, plotting,
pattern recognition, diagnostics, satellite, radar interpretation, profilers, chase strategy,
storm structure, case studies, isentropic analysis, numerical meteorology, and much more.
It's all up to you.
To arrange a training session, contact us
Tim Vasquez can also travel to your city to conduct training at the rate of $795/day plus transportation and lodging.