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  1. Configuring AWIPS to include Decision Support Events in Warnings 22nd Great Lakes Operational Meteorology WorkshopAnn Arbor, Michigan May 15, 2014 Phillip G. Kurimski NWS Detroit/Pontiac Evan Bookbinder NWS Pittsburgh

  2. Outline • DSS Role • DSS Events in Warnings • Previous Efforts • Dynamic Database • WFO DTX Event Support Criteria • Success Stories • Conclusions

  3. DSS Role • Decision Support Services (DSS) continue to play a larger role in day to day operations • Current services include briefings before and day of the event • On-site and remote support also available depending on the size of the venue • Traditional warnings did not mention specific events

  4. DSS Events in Warnings • WHY? • Local residents aware of counties and surrounding communities…however • Large events attract visitors from diverse geographic areas • Visitors not aware of surrounding counties and communities • They do know the event they are attending!

  5. Previous Efforts • CR WarnGen Repository included a special heads-up for outdoor event • Selection would give the user framing coding requiring the WDM to enter the event manually

  6. Previous Efforts • Good but not good enough • WDM had to remember to click selection and manually add in events in the path of the storm

  7. Previous Efforts • Other methods developed a database that would update everyday or have a static file of all large event venues in the CWA • Better but not perfect • Made no distinction for time of day or attendance

  8. Dynamic Database • Merges previous efforts with Mile Marker techniques to develop a dynamic database and mapping technique to display DSS events • Create database with Lat/Lon and time the event needs to be included in products • Flag determines if event is included in Warnings or just displayed on map • Setup cron to run every 30 minutes to update database

  9. Dynamic Database • Setup AWIPS to display Maps • Static map of Large Event Venues • Dynamic Map of events • Today • Tomorrow • This Week • Map allows for briefings and greater lead time than Warnings

  10. Dynamic Database • Include map here

  11. Dynamic Database • Include map here

  12. Dynamic Database • Setup WarnGen to include events in Warnings • TOR, SVR, SPS • Includes Marine Events for marine products • SMW and MWS • Best way to put events into warnings • Auto-selected in WarnGen • Event put in Warning if in Polygon • WDM does not have to worry about time of day or attendance

  13. Dynamic Database • Include WarnGen screenshot here

  14. Dynamic Database • Text Output THOSE ATTENDING THE MICHIGAN INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS STORM AND SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS.

  15. WFO DTX Event Support Criteria Most College and Professional Sports County Fairs Most Concerts Air shows Car Cruises Big Festivals Sporting Tournaments Town Fireworks Small Town Parade Most Marathons Professional Car Races Many City of Detroit Events High Security • Small • Large • Very Large • Medium WFO DTX includes events in Warnings for the following Criteria: • Some Medium and all Large and Very Large Events: • Events need to have an attendance of 100,000 people or larger • Detroit Lions not included as Ford Field capacity is 65,000 • Michigan Wolverines included as Michigan Stadium capacity is 110,000 • Examples: Detroit River Days Festival, Woodward Dream Cruise, Thunder Over Michigan Air Show, Bay City Fireworks Festival, Back to Bricks Festival, Ann Arbor Art Fair, Detroit Fireworks, NASCAR Races at MIS, NATO Summits

  16. Success Stories • Woodward Dream Cruise 20 August 2011 • Chicago Bears Game at Soldier Field 17 November 2013

  17. Success Story 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise • Before the Storms Hit • NWS Personnel provided several phone briefings the day of the event • Mike Loper (Oakland County DHS) was called around 4 pm for a potentially severe storm that would impact the cruise in about an hour • Lt. Clemens (Royal Oak PD) was called about 10 minutes before the storm hit • Briefings discussed timing and threats with high winds the main impact along with lightning and brief heavy rain

  18. Success Story 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise Woodward Dream Cruise was mentioned In 3 separate Severe Weather Statements Issued at 419 pm…430 pm and 446 pm THOSE ATTENDING THE WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE ARE IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS AND SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS.

  19. Success Story 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise • What Happened? • Storm hit the Cruise around 5 pm • Winds overturned several tents put along the cruise • High winds produced tree damage across southern Oakland county

  20. Success Story 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise • Mike Loper – Oakland County Homeland Security • "Thank you again for doing a great job with this – good concise, but not sky is falling, but needed information for situational awareness… this is especially important for decision makers, event planners, emergency operations centers, incident command posts and others involved in public safety and protective action/emergency warning."

  21. Success Story 2013 Chicago Bears Game • Before the Storms Hit • NWS Provided Briefings to Chicago OEMC the day before the event about the possibility of tornadoes • SPC issued a PDS Tornado Watch at 840 am • LOT issues SVR Warning at 1227 pm and Chicago OEMC was immediately notified

  22. Success Story 2013 Chicago Bears Game Soldier Field was mentioned in the initial warning at 1227 pm SOLDIER FIELD IS IN THE PATH OF THESE STORMS...EVERYONE AT SOLDIER FIELD NEEDS TO TAKE SHELTER IMMEDIATELY AND SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS WEATHER CONDITIONS!

  23. Success Story 2013 Chicago Bears Game • What Happened? • Play was suspended in the first quarter and fans were evacuated around 1230 pm

  24. Success Story 2013 Chicago Bears Game • After the Storms Hit • Play resumed at 325 pm

  25. Conclusions • Building a Dynamic Database takes pressure off the WDM while allowing for maximum service to our partners • Dynamic maps can be a valuable tool for briefings and long term storm planning • Fits into the IDSS paradigm and the WRN Roadmap

  26. Acknowledgements • Mike Dangelo WFO CTP • Doug Speheger WFO OUN • Mike Hudson CRH • Dick Wagenmaker WFO DTX • Jamie Enderlen WFO LOT

  27. References Bookbinder, E., cited 2013: A Solution for Dynamic Ingest of Real-Time Local Storm Report into WarnGen. Central Region NIAB #83 Dangelo, M., cited 2013: Instructions on how to make the Interstates files for WarnGen use. Last accessed: 15 June 2013. [Available online at http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ctp/features/warngen/how_Interstates_work] Kurimski, P., E. Bookbinder, G. Noonan and S. Truett, cited 2013: Central Region WarnGen Template Repository. Last accessed: 15 June 2013. [Available online at http://intra.crh.noaa.gov/crh/bestpractices/warngen/] Speheger, D., 2004: Configuring WarnGen to Include Interstate Mile Marker Locations in Warnings. NWS Southern Region Technical Attachment. NWS Southern Region, Fort Worth, TX, 5 pp. Speheger, D., 2005: On-line update to "Configuring WarnGen to Include Interstate Mile Marker Locations in Warnings”. [Available online at http://www.spegweb.com/papers/warngen/mm_update.php]

  28. More Information • Phil Kurimski WFO DTX • Phil.Kurimski@noaa.gov • Evan Bookbinder WFO PBZ • Evan.Bookbinder@noaa.gov • Files and instructions for AWIPS 1 and 2 • GLOMW website or • http://www.crh.noaa.gov/dtx/?n=awipsdss Questions or Comments?