When you mention simulators most people think of flight simulators and they have a pretty nice picture of what that might be. After computers became more advanced and got good graphics, there were also a lot of video games which simulated different "real life" situations. You could drive a Formula 1 car, or pilot a plane, drive a bus or a boat, and so on.
Meteorological simulators work in a smilliar manner, either to teach you something new or to test your existing knowledge. The applications are numerous, but here they will be used mostly as an educational tool.
Imagine that you are preparing for a shift. Before that you were in college, you did a lot of math and physics and finally earned your diploma. But it is not the same to derive an equation and to predict the weather. There is still a lot to learn and to understand.
Hopefully the simulators are going to be of big help here. "Real weather", mostly extreme weather is used to produce the story or the background of the simulator. At first it might be overwellming since you will not be familiar with the prognostic material. However the more you use simulators, it becomes easier to choose the right material for a certain situation.
Simulators have three main parts:
So far the simulators have been used by trainers in different courses or at their Met services as a testing tools. Trainer would make an introduction presentation at the beggining of the exercise and an interactive discussion at the end. There is no such possibility here. However, in the introduction you will get the basic information on the situation and what is expected of you. In the discussion section there is going to be an analysis of weather and the consequences of severe weather, as well as most important things you can or should learn from this case.
To control the animations (play, stop, previous, next, etc.) use the buttons above the images:
Recommendations for better experience during the simulation and known bugs: