A few comments on the map discussion and some more links. Grading on map discussions will start off lenient, but will quickly become more critical. So practice a bit during your off time to help produce a better brief when it's your turn.
Weather forecasting as a NWS job is focused on hazardous weather, so it was great to have Elinor go over the current watches/warnings and describe the forecast problem/cause associated with each. This is a good place to start as a group to identify the key forecast challenges that your map briefing will focus on. When the group is on the same page this way, the briefing will appear more cohesive and focused. NWS map briefings are held Tues and Fri mornings at ~10:30 if I'm not mistaken. Please attend these.
Let's try to standardize a bit the satellite and model output products that we load for the map discussion. In other words, be sure to include these as a minimum starting point and then add others as you like to give special insights.
This task needs to set the stage regarding the big picture. Show the following
UW 500 mb NH loop and discuss long and short waves in the jet stream
Satellite Imagery - show a longer loop to show the history of the jet. Best for this is WV with model overlay
For IR, find a site with good IR color enhancements. 24 hour loops fine. e.g., from Met server or UW link: e.g., for Pacific
Visible imagery is best to show during daylight hours only. Since the resolution is higher, use the visible imagery to focus in on a forecast hazard or terrain enhancement feature. In other words, show smaller area.
In general the looping speed for satellite loops should be higher as the time interval between the images gets smaller. Loops with half hourly imagery should be looped at higher speed than those with model overlays at every three hours.
For lightning, the UH Global Lightning Data is available in 12 and 24 hour loops.
Start off with a comment on how the previous forecast verified.
There is more leeway here regarding the products to show. Just be sure to include a discussion of current hazards/warnings etc. and focus in on these with the radar and sounding data. Yes, don't forget the soundings.
Some links for other surrent weather maps:
Earl Barker's Current weather Page
RAP weather page
Task 3 Model
Explain what it is you are showing: model name, fields displayed and time frame of run. Give us a primary focus: e.g., a forecast problem to key in on.
Include 3 loops generally: surface pressure with precip, mid level vorticity and/or RH and heights, jet level heights and winds.
Choose model output with easy to interpret maps. Recommended sites include:
Regional Hawaii use either, but pick you field carefully to show something interesting.
Other Useful Forecasting Links
MOS products page from the Meteorological Development Lab
Honolulu (HNL) MOS
Topeka (TOP) MOS
How to read MOS
Hydrometeorological Prediction Center Precipitation Outlooks
BUFKIT download page BUFKIT is a useful tool for looking at sounding output from a model
Latest BUFKIT files
If you have any trouble with BUFKIT, give me an email (email@example.com) for help.