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GOES-R Series Faculty Virtual Course

GOES-R SeriesThe COMET Program has just launched a new distance learning course on the GOES-R series of satellites.

The course is presented as a series of webinars in seven topic areas, including Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), GOES-R/16 advantages for tropical cyclone forecasting, severe storms, rapid scan imaging, aviation applications, the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM), and multispectral RGB composites. Completing all seven sessions and the accompanying quizzes leads to a Certificate of Completion for the course.

You can find more about this training resource at


NWS GOES-16 User Applications Workshop


The first NWS GOES-16 User Applications Workshop will take place 14-16 November 2017. The event will be held in Kansas City, but will also be livestreamed via COMET’s youtube channel to allow for remote participation.

All interested parties must complete this Interest Form if intending to participate in the  Workshop. Deadlines for submission of interest are November 7th if you intend to participate in person, or November 13th if planning to attend remotely.

The Agenda of the Workshop and additional information are available at the workshop site hosted by COMET at  Use the enrollment key: GOESApps17  Note: If you don’t already have a MetEd account, you will need to register for one before you will be able to access the site.

This workshop is sponsored by the GOES-R Program, the NWS Operations Proving Ground (OPG), and the NWS Office of the Chief Learning Office (OCLO).

VLab Regional Focus Group Sessions

The regular running of Regional Focus Group sessions by VLab Centres of Excellence (CoEs) continues to be a popular choice of continuing professional development for operational meteorologists.

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With three CoEs offering regular sessions, you are sure to find a session taking place at a suitable time to participate.

Next VLab RFG sessions:

Australian Regional Focus Group – 17 August at 02:00 UTC

RFG of Americas and Caribbean – 17 August at 15:00 UTC

South Africa Weather Briefing – 25 August at 08:30 UTC  (Password: SAfrica)

Participation is open to all and free of charge.

Recordings of past sessions are also made available by the Australian Regional Focus Group and the RFG of Americas and Caribbean.