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National Weather Service Improvements and Collaboration Weather Information for Surface Transportation Greg Mandt Director, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services December 4, 2000 NWS Modernization is Complete 121 Weather Forecast Offices

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National Weather Service Improvements and CollaborationWeather Information for Surface Transportation

Greg Mandt Director, Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services

December 4, 2000


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NWS Modernization is Complete

  • 121 Weather Forecast Offices

  • Radar and Operational Computer System (AWIPS)

  • Expanding Network of NOAA Weather Radios


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US Map of Weather Forecast Offices/River Forecast Centers


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New Products/Services

  • Graphics (Rapid Prototype Sites)

  • High resolution weather forecasts

  • Highway references in warnings

  • NWS/COMET Cooperative Research


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Innovation in Outreach


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What NWS Can Do For Surface Transportation

  • Provide gridded digital forecasts

  • Increase national forecast resolution to 5 km by 2003

  • Create Tabular and Graphic Products from grids

  • Increase Internet dissemination and support for private sector dissemination

  • Partner with Academic/Commercial Sectors


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Traditional Text Product


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Text/Tables from Grids


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20 km Resolution

Temperature


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2.5 km Resolution

Temperature


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Collaboration with Flagstaff Weather Forecast Office

  • Developed close relationship with Arizona DOT

  • Trained DOT personnel on weather products

  • Provided tours of Weather Forecast Office

  • DOT Providing Spotter information

  • WFO is Improving Short Term Forecasts:

    • precipitation start/end times

    • precipitation accumulation rates

    • restrictions to visibility


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What can we do for you?

  • Implement requirements within scope of our mission

  • Provide outreach to transportation community

  • Create agreements with Surface Transportation agencies

  • Provide products ready to use for decision making


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Summary

  • National Weather Service supports surface transportation:

    • Increased number of forecast graphics

    • Increased resolution of forecast models

    • Improved accuracy and lead time of watches and warnings

    • Expanded dissemination and outreach

    • Expanded National Information Database


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