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Product Name Brief Description Submitter Date Entered
Experimental Lake Effect Snow Warning Polygons The experimental Lake Effect Snow Warning (LES) polygon areas delineate the locations of highest impact of the LES. As the lake effect shifts, polygon areas will change spatially and temporally to best delineate the areas of highest impact over the course of the LES event (for example, snowfall rate, blizzard-like conditions, total snowfall). Issuance of the product would be based upon forecaster confidence of reaching LES Warning criteria: 7 inches or more in 12 hours, or 9 inches or more in 24 hours. Jason Franklin 2015-09-17
Experimental Long Range River Flood Risk A national scale map with drill down capabilities on AHPS which routinely displays the long range (3-month) risk of minor, moderate and major river flooding for locations where probabilistic forecasts are produced. Mary Mullusky 2013-03-01
Experimental Maximum Wave Height in the Great Lakes Open Lake Forecast (GLF) The Open Lake Forecast (GLF) is a text product issued by five primary Great Lakes Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) to state expected weather conditions within their marine forecast area of responsibility through Day 5. WFOs Chicago (LOT) and Detroit (DTX) are testing the inclusion of the maximum wave height in the GLF. The other three WFOs that issue the GLF (Marquette, Cleveland, and Buffalo)may be added at a later date Richard May 2013-11-27
Experimental Mobile Decision Support Services(MDSS) Interactive NWS(iNWS) Warning Alert SMS Text and Email Messaging Services via Mobile Device Technologies The National Weather Service (NWS) is responsible for providing weather warnings and alerts in a timely and effective manner to support the protection of life and property. The NWS must provide this information to an increasingly mobile user community who are utilizing rapidly evolving technologies for accessing Internet content via mobile wireless devices. In response to this, the NWS is developing weather warning messaging services that leverage mobile device technologies such as Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) and cell phones, in order to better serve NWS core partners(see footnote 1). The NWS Western Region (WR) has developed a real-time, warning messaging service adapted to the unique characteristics of cellular phones and mobile devices. This service has been named Mobile Decision Support Services (MDSS) interactive NWS (iNWS). Users who subscribe can configure their user profile (via an interactive web page) to receive alerts for weather and environmental warnings, watches and advisories via Short Message Service (SMS) text messages or email, as they occur. This capability is provided on the MDSS (iNWS) webpage through an application called “iNWS Mobile Alerting”. “iNWS Mobile Alerting” provides the user the option to choose which class/classes of NWS products (hydrologic, marine, severe weather, etc.)to be alerted for. “iNWS Mobile Alerting” also allows the user to define specific alert areas by city, state, line or point and the recently adopted polygon for defining short fused NWS watches and warnings. SMS text and email alerts will only be sent to users when an alert falls within the user’s configured area of interest The SMS text and email alert provides a short headline and embedded hyperlink which the user can select to see additional multimedia information (including graphics and images relevant to the particular weather event). This additional information may include products currently available on the NWS Website or products generated specifically to support decision making by NWS core partners. MDSS (iNWS) services are provided via a web page http://inws.wrh.noaa.gov. Currently, only “iNWS Mobile Alerting” is being provided as an experimental service to NWS core partners in preparation for a decision on operational implementation. In future phases of this project in addition to the experimental service documented in this SDD, the web page may link to other mobile services that are already operational such as NWS web services via wireless technologies (see NWS web services via wireless technologies SDD) as well as additional experimental services. The national experimental MDSS (iNWS) SDD supersedes the regional experimental: NWS Warning Alert Messaging Services via Mobile Device Technologies SDD issued in November 2007. The regional experimental service was previously provided by NWS WR to the general public. In August 2009, the NWS approved a phased approach toward developing a standardized, baseline national mobile decision support service (see attached NWS Decision Memorandum, August, 2009) with the initial focus on NWS core partners. The experimental MDSS (iNWS) is now available as a national experimental service for NWS core partners only. 1 NWS core partners include (1) Members of the Emergency Management community at all levels of government;Federal, State, Local and tribal. Other members of this community include: safety and emergency personnel, from universities or other entities with large populations, whose roles are similar to the public safety officials. (2) Other government agencies: specific government partners NWS requires close coordination with, e.g. FAA officials (for NWS Center Weather Service Units) and water and land management officials (for NWS River Forecast Centers).(3) Members of the Electronic Media: parties who operate systems that routinely provide weather and water warning information rapidly to a significant part of the population served by the NWS. Andy Edman 2010-07-20
Experimental Modernized Open Lakes Forecast for the Great Lakes This experimental enhancement to the Open Lakes Forecast will run parallel with the existing Open Lakes Forecast for the open lake areas on the Great Lakes. The product will provide advance notice to mariners of forecast weather, wind, and wave conditions in a tabular format. This format has been part of a Great Lakes Harmonization team between NWS and Environment Canada and is intended to test a product which can be created on bothe sides of the lakes and by both countries. Brian Hirsch 2015-02-05
Experimental National Model Spread/Spectrum Webpage The experimental Model Spectrum Webpage originally developed at WFO Portland, OR (PQR) displays a “box and whisker” plot time series of statistical data summarizing the output from multiple numerical weather model forecasts in addition to the NWS forecast. The scope has been expanded to include a Model Spectrum for all NWS WFOs. Jonathan Wolfe 2013-12-12
Experimental National Marine Weather Web Portal The National Marine Weather Web Portal is an experimental effort designed to provide a seamless suite of information to the marine community. This effort has grown out of an initial Eastern and Southern Regional led and NOAA IOOS sponsored/developed effort in 2006 in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast and is now being expanded nationwide. David Soroka 2012-05-29
Experimental NDFD Full Resolution XML Web Service The National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) contains a seamless mosaic of digital weather forecasts from National Weather Service (NWS) field offices and the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). Full resolution data from NDFD web services will be made available experimentally in order to be consistent with the resolution of data provided in Gridded Binary Data Edition 2 (GRIB2) via file transfer protocol (ftp) or hypertext transfer protocol (http), and that of graphical images produced by the NDFD Map Viewer. Andy Horvitz 2015-07-29
Experimental Nearshore Wave Prediction System Model Output The Nearshore Wave Prediction System (NWPS) wave model is run locally and used operationally at many coastal WFOs. NWPS output products include displays of winds, significant wave height and peak wave direction, and other wind, wave, and ocean parameters. These displays are now available on an experimental basis on the webpages of Southern Region Coastal WFOs and Southern Region Headquarters (SRH). Displays may become available at non-SR sites TBD. This high-resolution model can be used for operational forecasting and research. The NWPS output is used as guidance to produce marine forecasts at the coastal WFOs. The web pages are a convenient way for local users to view the same meteorological forecast data as the local forecaster. Richard May 2012-11-19
Experimental NHC Media Briefings : Videocasts For the 2012 Hurricane Season The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has entered into an agreement with Weather Decision Technologies (WDT), Inc. to provide internet protocol (ip) based audio and video streaming of its hourly hurricane briefings. The URL to the briefings will be posted on the NHC web site when the media pool is activated. Anyone with access to the internet and a web browser supporting audio and video can view the briefings broadcast from the NHC. Dennis Feltgen 2009-09-01
Experimental NWS Emergency Response Tool The ERTool is a website designed for mobile devices that serves as a one-stop collection of the most popular NWS web pages.A frequent complaint from our partners is that the current NWS website is hard to navigate using a mobile device. In addition, finding weather data can be a cumbersome process, especially during high stress situations. This webpage will provide users the necessary weather information in no more than three clicks. Melinda Bailey 2013-04-30
Experimental Pacific Offshore Waters Forecast The Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB) is providing on an experimental basis East Pacific Offshore Waters Forecasts for the proposed area of responsibility (Figure 1). The proposed TAFB offshore waters area of responsibility encompasses the waters within 60 nautical miles offshore of Mexico from the Mexico/United States border south to 29N, and within 250 nautical miles south of 29N including Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and within 750 NM of Ecuador. The east Pacific offshore waters forecasts will provide enhanced marine services for the customers in the region. The experimental east Pacific offshore waters forecasts provide zone forecasts for 10-m winds, significant wave heights, primary swell direction, the dominant wave period, and significant weather for 17 zones in the proposed TAFB offshore waters area of responsibility (Figure 1). The list of offshore waters zones for within 60 NM of Mexico from the Mexico Border S to 29N and within 250 NM of Mexico S of 29N can be found in Table 1. The list of offshore waters zones for within 250 NM of Central America, Colombia and within 750 NM of Ecuador are listed in Table 2. Hugh Cobb 2016-08-19
Experimental PEAC Monthly Climate Summary and Forecast for the Federated States of Micronesia The Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center was established in August 1994 as a multi-institutional partnership, to conduct research and produce information products on climate variability related to the El Nińo - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycle in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). To this end the PEAC Center provides rainfall, sea level, general and island/island grouping specific forecasts, and a tropical outlook to the USAPI on a monthly and quarterly basis by means of a printed bulletin (see http://www.weather.gov/peac/update). The dissemination of these summaries and forecasts need wider distribution to the climate community. Therefore, placing these forecasts into AWIPS will allow not only wider distribution, but an easily accessible archive. Providing climate data is part of the NWS’s mission and connected to all six of our primary goals. By making these forecasts easily available, the NWS is enhancing climate services to help communities, businesses, and governments understand and adapt to climate-related risks. The product proposed, issued monthly, is a seasonal climate summary and forecast of rainfall and sea level for the four states of the Federated States of Micronesia: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae. Individual sections for each island will include a summary of climate conditions observed on the island along with observed rainfall and sea level values. The forecast for each section/state will include a forecast summary of expected climate conditions over the next season, a probabilistic seasonal rainfall forecast by season for the next 12 months, a long range rainfall forecast in percent of total rainfall, and a deterministic sea level forecast. Jenna Meyers 2016-01-19
Experimental PEAC Quarterly Regional Summary The Pacific ENSO Applications Climate (PEAC) Center was established in August 1994 as a multi-institutional partnership, to conduct research and produce information products on climate variability related to the El Nińo - Southern Oscillation (ENSO) climate cycle in the U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI). To this end the PEAC Center provides rainfall, sea level, general and island/island grouping specific forecasts, and a tropical outlook to the USAPI on a monthly and quarterly basis by means of a printed bulletin (see http://www.weather.gov/peac/update). The dissemination of these regional summaries needs wider distribution to the climate community. Therefore, placing them into AWIPS will allow not only wider distribution, but an easily accessible archive. Providing climate data is part of the NWS’s mission and connected to all six of our primary goals. By making these summaries easily available, the NWS is enhancing climate services to help communities, businesses, and governments understand and adapt to climate-related risks. The product proposed, issued quarterly, is a regional climate summary of rainfall, sea level and tropical cyclone activity for the USAPI. Individual sections will include a general summary of climate conditions across the Pacific Ocean, a discussion of the past season, a brief discussion of the southern oscillation index, tropical cyclone activity and broad forecast, reported sea level data, ENSO alert system status, and a general seasonal forecast of ENSO. Jenna Meyers 2016-01-19

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