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Product Name Brief Description Submitter Date Entered
Experimental Probabilistic Snowfall Internet Graphical Products Probabilistic internet-based snowfall products provide customers and partners a range of snowfall possibilities, better communicate forecast uncertainties and enhance Decision Support Services during winter weather events. These snowfall products will complement existing National Weather Service deterministic snowfall graphics indicating areas of low and/or high uncertainty. Feedback on the experimental products has been overwhelmingly positive. This will be the fourth winter of the experiment, with the project expanding from a total of 18 Contiguous United States (CONUS) Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) last winter to 60 CONUS WFOs for the Winter 2016/2017 season (note that 16 of the 60 will utilize the date “internally” only). Feedback will continue to be collected via the formal web survey and interaction with major users as well as an ongoing Social Science study. Richard Watling 2013-11-06
Enhanced Product Experimental RFW Bullet Format (local enhancement to national product) Fire weather customers in two NWS Regions have expressed current Fire Weather Warnings headlines result in long, complex RFW sentences that are difficult to understand. The Warning headlines must be read to fire fighters over the radio; so quick and efficient messaging is vital to user actions. To address these concerns, select Western (WFO BYZ) and Southern Region WFOs (WFOs servicing West Texas, the Oklahoma Panhandle and New Mexico) will provide an experimental RFW format for the 2013 fire season. The experimental product places the weather threat, reason for issuance and affected area from the main headline and into several, easy to read bullets immediately below the headline Heath Hockenberry 2013-06-28
Enhanced Impact Based Decision Support Services This Service Description Document describes NWS’s impact-based decision support services (IDSS) provided for the protection of life and property to officials that serve within Emergency Support Functions as outlined in the Department of Homeland Security’. Wendy Levine 2013-05-30
Experimental Wind Compression Decision Support Graphic Compression is an Air Traffic Control (ATC) phenomena that occurs when aircraft flying Standard Terminal Arrivals (STARS), usually following one behind the other (nose to tail or in air traffic known as Miles in Trail (MIT)), lose adequate horizontal separation from each other. The phenomenon that creates this is usually a change in wind direction and speed between the two aircraft. Compression can occur when an aircraft, during descent, transitions from a tailwind, or a weak headwind, to a stronger headwind over a small change in altitude. This change could also occur with a heading change of the aircraft during its approach. The purpose of the Experimental Wind Compression Graphic is to calculate the likelihood of ATC wind compression within the participating Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) facilities. Melinda Bailey 2013-05-30
Experimental Enhanced Data Display Multi-purpose web-based, cross-platform GIS system that provides our partners and customers with a single comprehensive web-based interface to access both forecasts and observations of any nature (public, fire, marine, aviation, hydrologic, climate, etc.). EDD puts this information in one place making it very easy to display and manipulate this data. EDD is hosted on the National Internet Dissemination System (NIDS) and was developed by the Weather Ready Nation Pilot Project in Charleston, WV.. Jonathan Wolfe 2013-04-11
Experimental User Defined Area Forecast Web Application Enhanced Service, allowing user to select area for which forecast information is derived from the point-and-click data base. The User Defined Area Forecast (UDAF) is an Internet-accessible application which allows direct interaction with the full resolution (2.5km horizontal grid spacing) NWS netCDF forecast data base to obtain forecast information within a geographic area specified by the user. The interface allows an individual to define geographical boundaries in both area and elevation, and submit those values to retrieve a forecast directly from the digital forecast data base populated by NWS meteorologists at local weather forecast offices (WFOs) responsible for that user-defined polygon domain. Output is presented in the same format as the point-and-click forecast, but based on an average value of the area specified. Additionally, a table with maximum and minimum values is created, along with statistics about the size and elevation range of the selected area. The area itself is displayed graphically to ensure the area from which the data is derived matches the user’s identified zone of interest. A future upgrade will incorporate affected population within the table, by querying the US census data base. Kim Runk 2013-03-29
Experimental Service National Weather Service Provision of Supplemental Public Safety Information before, during and after High Impact Events A number of government agencies (federal, state and local) produce supplemental public safety information that is useful to the general public before, during and after high impact events. Recently, after two such high impact events, the National Weather Service (NWS) was able to share supplemental public safety information via the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio (NWR) and as messages in text format via the Public Information Statement (PNS) or Special Weather Statement (SPS) as described in NWSI 10-501 and NSWI 10-517. This SDD describes a service that will provide an established method of dissemination of this important information, without incurring the cost that would come with setting up a dissemination architecture system Michelle D. Hawkins 2013-03-27
Experimental Gridded Marine Offshore and High Seas Forecasts in the NDFD The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Analysis and Forecast Branch (TAFB), the National Centers for Environmental Prediction’s (NCEP) Ocean Prediction Center (OPC) and the Honolulu Weather Forecast Office (HFO) will provide gridded forecasts of four marine weather elements to the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) on an experimental basis for their offshore waters and high seas forecast areas of responsibility for the Atlantic and Pacific basins. The Weather Forecast Offices (WFO’s) in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau Alaska will continue to supply on an experimental basis to the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) gridded forecasts of five marine weather elements over their offshore waters in the Arctic basin. Richard May 2013-03-14
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 Tampa Bay Marine Channel Forecast Point forecast for 13 locations along the Tampa Bay channel designed to aid local mariners including emergency managers, United States Coast Guard, researchers (NOAA, universities, Florida Fish and Wildlife), Tampa Bay Harbor Pilots, towing or tug boat operators, recreational boaters, and any customer or partner with interest in the respective environmental data for Tampa Bay. A static Google Earth map displays the shipping channel in Tampa Bay along with 13 forecast points. Digital and high resolution model forecast data are used to produce the forecast for all points. Users may click on any point to view the latest information. Melinda Bailey 2012-12-05
Experimental RIDGE2 RIDGE2 displays radar data in a web mashup using a web mapping application-programming interface (API) in combination with global information system (GIS) imagery overlays in the form of web mapping services (WMS). John Ferree 2012-11-19
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 Revised Wave Terminology in the Coastal Waters Forecast Provide enhanced descriptions of the wave environment in the coastal waters. This will eliminate the terms “wind wave” and “swell” from the CWF and replace them with more descriptive wave systems. the enhanced wave terminology will introduce an overall sea state to every forecast period and provide a wave period for each significant wave system. Each forecast period will contain at minimum the overall sea height and a dominant period. At maximum given forecast periods will contain an overall sea height and its component wave systems and associated wave periods. At most, four wave systems could be listed. The old way of creating the CWF forces forecasters to arbitrarily break a combined sea state into swell and wind wave components using nomograms from the middle of the last century. Moving toward enhanced wave terminology allows the forecaster to detach from rules of the last century and leverage off of modern technology and establish a framework for utilization of future wave modeling advances. Brian Garcia 2012-06-26
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

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