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Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Study Guide

This study guide provides test topics and references to assist you in preparing for the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) Program written test. The test will consist of 100 multiple choice and true/false questions covering the topics listed below. Links to online instruction are provided for each topic. Applicants must pass the written exam with a score of 75% or higher. Please review the AMS Disclaimer before visiting the following linked sites.

Test Topics

Satellite

Numerical Weather Prediction

Cyclones and Jets

Winter Weather

Data & Instruments

Radar Meteorology

Thermodynamics

Flooding

Tropical Meteorology

Severe Storm Structure/Tornadoes

Dynamic Meteorology

Physical Meteorology

Climatology & Climate Change

Regional Weather

Station Scientist

Weather Safety

 

COMET Modules/VISIT Training Sessions


The completion of the following COMET modules and VISIT training sessions are recommended as part of the CBM exam study process. Access to COMET's online materials requires registration. However, everything on the MetEd website is available to you at no cost, and no individual information provided through the registration process will be released without your explicit permission. To register on the MetEd site, click on the Sign Up button on the main page or go directly to the registration page: https://www.meted.ucar.edu/registration.php. Once you create an account with the COMET MetEd site, you will be able to search for the following modules:
COMET Modules
Satellite
  • Remote Sensing Using Satellites
  • Satellite Meteorology: GOES Channel Selection
  • Mountain Waves
  • Sea Breezes
  • Mesoscale Convective Systems: Squall Lines and Bow Echoes
Numerical Weather Prediction
  • Impact of Model Structure & Dynamics
  • Influence of Model Physics on NWP Forecasts
  • Understanding Data Assimilation: How Models Create Their Initial Conditions
  • Operational Models Matrix: Characteristics of Operational NWP Models
  • Ensemble Forecasting Explained
  • Ten Common NWP Misconceptions
  • Intelligent Use of Model-Derived Products
Thermodynamics
  • Principles of Convection I: Buoyancy and CAPE
Weather Safety/Regional Weather
  • Cold Air Damming
Radar Meteorology
  • Mesoscale Convective Systems: Squall Lines and Bow Echoes
Tropical Meteorology
  • Hurricane Strike!
Severe Storm Structure/Tornadoes
  • A Convective Storm Matrix: Buoyancy/Shear Dependencies
  • Principles of Convection II: Using Hodographs
  • Mesoscale Convective Systems: Squall Lines and Bow Echoes (also listed under Satellite)
Physical Meteorology
  • Dynamics & Microphysics of Cool-Season Orographic Storms - Section 2: Precipitation Microphysics Review
Station Scientist and Weather Safety
  • Community Hurricane Preparedness
  • Physics of the Aurora: Earth Systems
VISIT Training Sessions

Satellite

 

Cyclones & Jets

References  
AMS Glossary of Meteorology - the online Glossary of Meteorology is recommended as a resource for reviewing basic meteorology terminology and concepts.

Satellite

Basic Concepts & Terminology

 


Cyclones and Jets

Basic Concepts & Terminology

 

Feature Analysis

 

Life Cycle

Numerical Weather
Prediction

Basic Concepts & Terminology

 

Types of Models

 

Model Derived Products

Winter Weather

Basic Concepts & Terminology

 

Regional Weather

Southwest Monsoon (NWS)

Data & Instruments

Atmospheric Variables

 

Instruments

 

Data

 

Weather Maps

Radar Meteorology

 

Doppler Radar

 

Features on Radar

Flooding

Facts

 

Flood Mitigation

 

Informing the Public

 

Basics of Flooding and Flood Protection

Tropical Meteorology

Tornadoes and Tropical Cyclones

 

Severe Storm Structure/Tornadoes

 

Classifying Events

Physical Meteorology

Atmospheric Structure and Composition

 

Hydrostatic Equilibrium

 

Cloud Physics

 

Climatology & Climate Change

Climate Change

 

Climate Variability

 

 

 

Station Scientist

Air Quality

 

UV Radiation

 

Lightning

 

Watersheds

 

Weather Folklore

 


Station Scientist (continued)

 

Earthquakes

 

Space

 

 

Weather Safety

NOAA Weather Radio

Tornadoes

 

Severe Thunderstorms

 

Hurricanes

 

Flooding

 

Weather Safety (continued)

Winter Storms

 

Heat Safety

 

Earthquakes

 

Air Quality

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 



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