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Probabilistic Quantitative Precipitation Forecasts NOAA's Strategic Plan states that we are to "Improve the reliability, lead-time, and effectiveness of weather and water information and services that predict changes in environmental conditions." To support that effort, The National Weather Service Strategic Plan for 2005 to 2010: Working Together to Save Lives, establishes a mission goal to develop new capabilities and move into a new direction of forecasts... and expand beyond traditional weather and water products. In response to the NOAA and NWS goals, the Weather Forecast Office in Tulsa, Oklahoma (TSA) has developed a method to provide probabilistic quantitative precipitation forecasts on a routine basis, in the form of probability of exceedance (POE) forecasts. This method will be used at several Weather Service Forecast Offices (WFOs) in the Southern Region. These POEs will provide our clients and customers with more detailed precipitation forecasts that they can use in their decision-making processes. Judson Ladd 
Audio Weather Briefing The Audio Weather Briefing is an Internet-accessible recording that provides a wide suite of weather information. The recording contains information that alerts users to any hazardous weather that is forecast to affect the region for a period of seven days from the recording date, with a heavy emphasis on the current days weather. The recording explains, in broad and primarily non-technical terms, what weather features are expected to affect the region, as well as what specific weather hazards may result from these features (flooding, tornadoes, excessive heat, severe thunderstorms, tropical weather, fog, rip currents, etc.) Judson Ladd 
Hourly Multi-Sensor Precipitation Estimate Web-Based Service The National Weather Service (NWS) collects rainfall data to support its forecast and warning operations. Individual River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs) typically provide rainfall collectives in text and graphical formats for their areas of responsibility. This service provides unified hourly precipitation estimates for the Continental US and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico on the Internet. The service includes graphics that display these precipitation data, as well as the ability to download the information in shapefile format for seven days post-event. This suite of graphics includes precipitation estimates for the last 1, 3, 6, 12, 24, 48, and 72 hourly accumulations, as well as "since 12z" accumulations. Hourly archives will be maintained. Judson Ladd 
NWS Warnings Using Geographic Information Systems NWS-issued short-fused warnings are added to a real-time database and Geographic Information System (GIS) shapefiles are generated from this database. In addition, an updated graphic is displayed that displays the current status of warnings. Ken Waters 
Enhanced Winter Weather Guidance Product Suite The Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) proposes to produce probability guidance for three specific snow/sleet accumulation thresholds per forecast day out to Day 3. HPC will also generate separate probability graphics for the exceedance of freezing rain. In addition a single graphic will depict both HPC forecast position of significant surface low pressure centers over the contiguous U.S. and conveyance of uncertainty of the forecast position. This will be depicted in 12 hour increments out to Day 3. Kevin McCarthy 
Hazard Grids in the National Digital Forecast Database The NWS provides access to operational and experimental gridded forecasts of weather elements (e.g., maximum temperature, sky cover)through the NDFD. The NDFD contains a seamless mosaic of digital forecasts from NWS field offices working in collaboration with the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP). The hazard grids are prepared by all Weather Forecast Offices (WFO) and are available via the NDFD. Hazard grids are valid for more than two hours. The hazard grids depict all active long duration watch, warning and advisory hazards issued by NWS WFOs . The hazard grids include long duration coastal, marine, nonprecipitation, tropical and winter weather hazards. It also includes convective and some hydrological watches. It does not include the following short duration warnings: Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, Extreme Wind Warning, Flash Flood Warning, and Special Marine Warning. It does not include the following Long Duration Watches and Warnings issued in RiverPro and WarnGen:Flood Watch for forecast points, Areal Flood Warnings and Flood Warnings for forecast points. In addition, it initially will not include Gale Warnings, Storm Warnings and Hurricane Force Wind Warnings issued in the Offshore and High Seas forecast by OPC and TAFB. The NDFD Hazard grid definition is defined as,a weather or hydrologic hazardous event issued for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. The Hazards grid will be in experimental status in the NWS Alaska Region until further notice. Kevin Scharfenberg 
Fire Weather OutlookElements in National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) Two digital data elements in the NDFD, and associated web imagery, forecasting fire weather conditions, originating from the Storm Prediction Center: - Fire Weather Outlook Critical/Extremely Critical Areas (Days 1-7) - Fire Weather Outlook Critical Areas for Dry Thunderstorms (Days 1-3) Kevin Scharfenberg 
Central Region Multimedia Weather Briefing The Multimedia Weather Briefing (MWB) is an Internet-accessible multimedia file that provides information concerning hazardous weather events within the service area of a Central Region office. The MWB offers a combined visual/auditory platform for supporting the planning activities of emergency response partners and other key customers, as well as the general public by conveying forecaster reasoning and confidence concerning impending hazardous weather events, upcoming or current drought conditions, climate and hydrologic outlooks, etc. These briefings also serve as a means of communicating probabilities and other uncertainty information which can be used in risk reduction assessments which may impact preparations or actions made by our partners and customers Kim Runk 
Enhanced Product addition of Max Wind-Hail Size Coding Tag for Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and associated follow up sta The Central Region Severe Thunderstorm Warning (CR SVR) is an alphanumeric product providing short-fused warning in¬formation on hazardous conditions associated with thunderstorms which are expected to pose a threat to life and/or real property. This product is prepared by each National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) for their County Warning Area (CWA) of responsibility. Integrated Warning Team workshops, as well as several societal impacts groups, have indicated a desire by many emergency managers for a concise tag line on the end of the SVR product identifying maximum hail size and wind speeds expected for a given SVR warning. Local area sirens are typically alarmed for tornadoes only. Decoding this tag line will facilitate the capability for local area EMs to trigger sirens for particularly dangerous severe thunderstorm events when conditions exceed locally developed thresholds for thunderstorm induced wind and or hail size. Kim Runk 
Take Off Forecast Product The Take Off Forecast is a text product produced by an automated program that is then edited and/or augmented by Forecasters or Hydro-Meteorological Technicians (HMTs). The automated program uses FRH model data output for pressure, the Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF) for winds, and the Aviation Model Output Statistics (MAV) for temps and comes up in an editable display with the last 6 hours of obs displayed. The forecast includes an hour by hour prediction of the winds, temps, altimeter setting, and, sometimes, a forecast of wet or dry runway conditions expected on the airport within a 6 hour period from the time of issuance. Forecasts are updated every 6 hours. Kristine Nelson 
Fire Weather Point Forecast Matrix Land management agencies in Georgia and North Carolina have expressed a need for easily accessible tabular forecast data that is tailored toward fire behavior applications. A fire weather version of the Point Forecast Matrix (PFM) table fits this need well because it allows agency specialists to quickly run simple fire behavior models for planning purposes. The product is called the Fire Weather Point Forecast Matrix (PFW) and is generated routinely for the National Fire Danger Rating System (NFDRS) sites or other areas as determined by the users. This additional data will help land management agencies to ensure the safety of fire crews as well as better plan prescribed burns and other projects in a cost and resource effective manner. Also, land managers have expressed a need for better tools to predict and manage smoke dispersion. They have also requested that the NWS include an Atmospheric Dispersion Index (ADI) and Low Visibility Occurrence Risk Index (LVORI) in the PFW product. WFO Fire Weather PFW’s are generated for the Remote Automated Weather Station (RAWS)/NFDRS sites using an edited version of the standard PFM formatter. This formatter produces needed fire weather parameters from the local WFO’s Digital Forecast Database (DFD). PFW's can be generated for any grid point in a DFD based upon user request. The web delivery of the product for fire weather customers will include a disclaimer at the top of the page stating “This product is for planning and review purposes only and is not to be substituted for an official fire weather spot forecast. The data displayed are calculated from a 5.0 by 5.0 km digital database and only approximates weather conditions in highly varying terrain. Please relay any comments you have to your local NWS office. An example of the PFW can be seen at: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/productview.php?pil=GSPPFWGSP . Larry Gabric 
National Fire Weather Web Page The ability of the National Weather Service (NWS) to provide digital and graphic fire weather products and services over the internet continues to increase. Concurrently, the need for improved fire weather information on the internet by land management and fire suppression agencies also continues to increase. Multiple federal fire weather user agencies have expressed a need for an improved national fire weather web page that includes more interactive graphics. OS/22 Fire and Public Weather Branch began testing a new, highly interactive national fire weather web page October 1, 2009. Because existing fire weather information is bundled and/or presented in new formats, the national fire weather web page is considered a new experimental service Larry Van Bussum 

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