Course: Dynamics and Prediction of Severe Convection (FSC II)

9 – 13 March 2020

Prof. Dr. Jeff Trapp

Head of Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Illinois, USA

ESSL Research and Training Centre
Wiener Neustadt, Austria

An absolute top-level activity!
We suggest this course for advanced meteorologists and experienced warning forecasters:

Much progress has been made in forecasting severe thunderstorms during the past decades owing to an improved understanding of the governing processes, better remote-sensing capabilities, and increased computer power. The goal of this course is to provide the participants with a robust, up-to-date conceptual understanding of the governing processes and forecasting strategies.

The lectures target meteorologists with prior forecasting experience of mesoscale weather and prior exposure to the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics. The lectures will cover the dynamics and prediction of severe thunderstorms and their attendant hazards, drawing upon the body of understanding obtained from decades of prior theoretical, observational, and numerical modeling studies, as well as the latest, state-of-the-art strategies in use today.

Topics include

  • convection initiation,
  • the influence of the environment on convective storm mode,
  • isolated convective storms,
  • convective systems,
  • large hail, tornadoes,
  • damaging straight-line winds,
  • and ingredients-based forecasting.

In the morning sessions, we will cover the background material, and in the afternoon sessions there will be hands-on analysis and forecasting exercises using real-world cases.

Our senior trainer Dr. Tomáš Púčik will assist the participants during these exercises.

Lecture and exercise times, including a lunch break:
Mon 10:00 – 17:00
Tue 09:00 – 17:00
Wed 09:00 – 17:00
Thu 09:00 – 17:00
Fri 09:00 – 13:00, optional Testimonials 14:00 to 16:00

At the end of the course you will receive a participation certificate.We advise to take this seminar only after having taken the seminar “Forecasting Severe Convection” or comparable leading-edge trainings, as pre-knowledge of modern physical forecasting concepts is highly recommended. Still unsure? Our new Quiz can help you!

New – optional Testimonial


To register, please fill in the registration form and proceed to pay the registration fee by clicking on the applicable amount below. Your registration will only be fixed after having received your participation fee and after confirmation from ESSL.

Prices for course (click on amount to pay)
Early Fees
until 31 Dec 2019
Regular Fees
ESSL members and employees of institutional ESSL members  EUR 1090  EUR 1290
Non ESSL members  EUR 1290  EUR 1490


You may pay by bank transfer to the following account:

Beneficiary: European Severe Storms Laboratory – Science and Training
Bank: Sparkasse Baden
Bank address: Hauptplatz 15, 2500 Baden, Austria
IBAN: AT522020501000005999

With your transfer, please indicate “Course FSC 2” and your name.
(without indicating your name, we cannot make sure that the transfer came from you).