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Item 12-21. 2012 Project Update: Tropical Cyclone Impacts Graphics. Note some recent web enhancements. David Sharp NOAA/NWS Melbourne, FL Pablo Santos NOAA/NWS Miami, FL Frank Alsheimer NOAA/NWS Charleston, SC Shannon White NOAA/NWS FDTB Tim Schott NOAA/NWS 0S21. URL; TCIG naming

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2012 project update tropical cyclone impacts graphics

Item 12-21

2012 Project Update:Tropical Cyclone Impacts Graphics

Note some recent

web enhancements.

David Sharp

NOAA/NWS Melbourne, FL

Pablo Santos

NOAA/NWS Miami, FL

Frank Alsheimer

NOAA/NWS Charleston, SC

Shannon White

NOAA/NWS FDTB

Tim Schott

NOAA/NWS 0S21

  • URL; TCIG naming
  • Website redesign
  • KML vs. PNG displays
  • Removed “Very Low”
  • Interactive Text Reader

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

presentation goal
Presentation Goal

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • This presentation intends to do one thing:
    • To support the recommendation for initiating and executing the necessary steps to transition the TCIG from experimental status to operational status for the 2014 season;
      • With an acceptable alternative being the 2015 season.
    • The associated Action Item is notably a “linchpin” for several other items and proposals as submitted to this year’s agenda;
      • A testament of realized value.
    • After 10+ years of development, and 6+ years of multi-regional/multi-WFO experimental provision, many feel that it is time to make an “across the board” commitment to take deliberate action.

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

what does this all mean
What Does This All Mean?

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • A decision to transition the TCIG to operational status will:
    • Green light the technical and developmental resources that have been waiting for the definitive “GO” signal.
  • A decision to transition the TCIG to operational status must:
    • Be accompanied by a comprehensive commitment by the agency, by the respective regions, and by each coastal WFO.

So far, we have been voting on a year to year basis whether to remain experimental; that is, whether to continue or discontinue.

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

coming off the back burner
Coming Off The Back Burner

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • We have been waiting for the AWIPS II era.
    • Current testing at WFO Houston
  • We have been acquiring WFO feedback.
    • A diversity of WFO locations and situations; NOAA Hurricane Conferences; ERMETs (Pilot Project sites)
  • We have been listening to our customers.
    • Through direct feedback, Social Scientists, and Service Assessments
  • We are consistent in direction with proposed decision support services and Weather-Ready Nation concepts.
    • Local; Regional; National

WFO Key West, FL

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

moving to the front burner
Moving To The Front Burner

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Finalize baseline version 1.0 for release
    • Fully supported by agency
      • Program support, policy and directive, technical support, training support, etc.
  • Generally “freeze” experimental version
    • Implement minor enhancements as we go along, but major enhancements reserved for time of official release date.

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

a linchpin item
A “Linchpin” Item

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

From the Hurricane Irene Service Assessment

Isaac

Irene

Sandy

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

action item 12 21
Action Item (12-21)

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • List of Action Items which have contingencies upon:
    • Item 10-39 … explore elimination of text HLS in lieu of TCIG
    • Item 12-22 … standardize availability of TCIG on WFO homepages
    • Item 12-23 … reconsider use of “low” as an impact descriptor
    • Item 12-24 … ensure timely auto-refresh of TCIG web pages
    • Item 12-25 … mature logic for inland flooding; include river flooding
    • Item 12-26 … mosaic capability; inter-site coordination; inland WFOs
    • Item 11-34 … baseline inputs; ensure harmony with NHC, HPC, & SPC
    • Item 11-35 … provide TCIG service backup capability

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

for example decision support services for local regional and national depictions
For Example: Decision Support Services(for local, regional, and national depictions)

improve

inter-site

coordination

TC Warnings dropped;

TCIG impact info lost

decision support
Decision Support

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Graphicasts or Impact Graphics ???
    • Local Impact Information ???
    • Objective Information ???
    • GIS Intelligent Information ???
    • Decision-making Information ???
      • Not just “Awareness” information ???
  • The Public Deserves Briefings Too
    • WFO Home Page Link
    • Recorded Briefings
    • Point-n-Click Briefings (web interface)
  • EM Briefings
    • Multi-level

TCIG !!!

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

usefulness of gridded data
Usefulness of Gridded Data

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Value of Potential Impact Grids
    • Computed GFE grid sets can be used by the HLS Formatter and other DSS formatters.
      • For example, see Item 12-17.
    • Availability to NDFD
      • Customer-derived applications
      • Time Component (THREAT vs. IMPACT)
        • Onset of impact (Ok)
        • Duration of impact (No)
          • Threat - based on “conditions”
    • Bulleted / Tabular impact information
      • For example, see Item 11-23.
    • GIS Interfaces

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

what do we need to do
What Do We Need To Do?

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Finalize the layout and design of the operating versions of hazard tools.
    • Perhaps a “Tool of Tools - Dashboard” (???)
  • Mature the inland flood tool to use probabilistic QPF from HPC, and to better account for longer duration flood events (e.g., RFC/river flooding).
  • Finalize web page functionality and address the timeliness of updates.
  • Harmonize all threat definitions and impact descriptions; establish consistency thresholds among WFOs and Regions.
    • This is paramount for regional and national partners and customers such as FEMA to mosaic depictions (as accomplished via the NDFD and/or the GIS mosaicking of available KMLs).

High Wind Tool (GFE)

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

what do we need to do1
What Do We Need To Do?

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Establish WFO home page policy for TCIG.
  • Integrate TCIG with other hurricane decision support products/ services. Consider a TC DSS site that integrates TCIG and the Interactive Text Reader with other DSS information.
  • Enable service back-up capability with secondary and tertiary WFOs.
  • Develop and provide training updates.
  • Establish supporting policies/directives.
  • Open a pathway for adding a temporal component for impact arrival. User feedback indicates a strong desire.
  • Coordinate closely with other project teams for consistency, and to prevent message confusion.
    • Storm Surge WWA; Hi-Res Inundation Map

Coastal Flood

Tool (GFE)

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

recommendation
Recommendation

Tropical Cyclone Impact Graphics (TCIG)

  • Agree to initiate and execute the necessary steps to make the TCIG operational for the 2014 season (or 2015 season). In January 2013, convene a meeting of the TCIG Team to outline a comprehensive transition strategy.

Comments ???

http://w1.weather.gov/tcig/

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