The Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) and the COMET Program will host the 2017 Winter Weather Course from September 18 to 29, 2017 at the COMET classroom facilities in Boulder, Colorado, USA. The course continues to be an important component of the MSC/COMET training partnership building stronger links between atmospheric research and operational weather forecasting.

This course offers a unique learning experience that is operationally-oriented by matching training to the realities of the forecasting environment. Participants are immersed in interactive activities that are focused on addressing key winter weather phenomena presented as weather cases by working through the analysis, diagnosis and prognosis process. The learners will tackle these forecast challenges while developing a better three-dimensional understanding of the atmosphere, adding value to forecasts, and communicating with clients.

Participants interact closely with experts in the field. Through face-to-face exchanges, they are able to build connections and network with other meteorologists internationally as past courses have included forecasters from Asia, Canada, Europe and the USA.

Moreover, this course is aligned with the World Meteorological Organization Public Weather Service Competency Framework for Forecasters. There is instructional follow-up after the course to ensure knowledge transfer into operations.