This new column will spotlight Web sites of
interest to researchers and educators in the atmospheric and related
For more than a decade, the UCAR Office of Programs has helped educate
and train meteorologists through its Cooperative Program for Operational
Meteorology, Education and Training (COMET®). Through the programs
MetEd Web site, a growing set of materials now brings to the Internet
the expertise honed through years of providing residence and distance
learning programs. Topics range from the relatively specializedthe
life cycle of the Madden-Julian oscillation, for instance, or how to
interpret the new Global Forecast System model productsto such
keystones of a basic meteorological education as isentropic analysis.
Users can subscribe to an e-mail list to be notified when a new module
This 90-minute COMET module includes an operational case study.
(© The COMET Program.)
Also, a growing library of graphics is now available on the Web through
COMETs Hydrometeorological Multimedia Database.
A simple search produces thumbnail images, with larger-format imagery
available in Zip (PC) and gzip (Unix) formats. The collection includes
static images, animations, and video and audio clips recorded by a variety
of experts. It will ultimately hold over 10,000 items.