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1 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Bruce Sinkula Product Manager, Data Products Group Weather Central, LP

2 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Weather Central, LP, like all other NWS “core partners” disseminate NWS ‘alert’ information to their clients.

3 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Weather Central, LP, like all other NWS “core partners” disseminate NWS ‘alert’ information to their clients. Partners usually decode these ‘alerts’ for display in various formats (on-line, on-air, mobile, etc).

4 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Weather Central, LP, like all other NWS “core partners” disseminate NWS ‘alert’ information to their clients. Partners usually decode these ‘alerts’ for display in various formats (on-line, on-air, mobile, etc). Our clients (mostly television stations) not only get ‘alerts’ important to their locale (DMA), but ‘alerts’ from across the country.

5 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories NWS “alerts” are visible to the vast cross-section of meteorologists.

6 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Partners usually decode these ‘alerts’ for display in various formats (on-line, on-air, mobile, etc). Partners rely on the NWS to follow pre-established formatting protocols to accurately depict the ‘alerts’. The NWSFO’s are extremely reliable in maintaining these standards. Any deviation, in protocol, usually creates problems for the “core partners” and our clients.

7 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Any deviation, in protocol, usually creates problems for the “core partners” and our clients. 000 WGUS43 KDMX FLWDMX BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED FLOOD WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DES MOINES IA 201 PM CDT THU JUN THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN DES MOINES HAS ISSUED A FLOOD WARNING FOR ALL OR PORTIONS OF THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN IOWA... DES MOINES RIVER...MIDDLE RIVER...CEDAR CREEK AFFECTING THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN IOWA...MADISON...MAHASKA... MARION...WAPELLO...WARREN

8 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Any deviation, in protocol, usually creates problems for the “core partners” and our clients. IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1042Z T1200Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1012Z T0112Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T2322Z T2313Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1007Z T1000Z/ LAT...LON

9 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Any deviation, in protocol, usually creates problems for the “core partners” and our clients. IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1042Z T1200Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1012Z T0112Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T2322Z T2313Z/ LAT...LON IAC /O.NEW.KDMX.FL.W T1007Z T1000Z/ LAT...LON

10 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories Sometimes hazardous weather conditions do meet pre- determined VTEC warning criteria. The need still exists to warn the public of these local or regional hazards. These regional hazards should not be labeled as a “warning”, “watch”, or “advisory”. This is to minimize confusion among our clients as well as the general public. Non-VTEC ‘alerts’

11 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories For example, fire dangers still exist even though the criteria for a VTEC “Red Flag Warning” are not met. FNUS63 KGID RFDGID GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER STATEMENT...UPDATED NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HASTINGS NE 1027 AM CDT THU APR KSZ005> >019-NEZ > > > PHILLIPS-SMITH-JEWELL-ROOKS-OSBORNE-MITCHELL-SHERMAN-HOWARD-POLK- DAWSON-BUFFALO-HALL-HAMILTON-YORK-GOSPER-PHELPS-KEARNEY-ADAMS- CLAY-FILLMORE-FURNAS-HARLAN-FRANKLIN-WEBSTER-NUCKOLLS-THAYER AM CDT THU APR EXTREME FIRE DANGER TODAY... THE GRASSLAND FIRE DANGER INDEX WILL BE IN THE EXTREME CATEGORY THIS AFTERNOON. Non-VTEC ‘alerts’

12 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories An example of potentially confusing terminology. NOUS45 KPSR PNSPSR PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PHOENIX AZ 200 PM MDT MON MAY NEW LOCAL DUST STORM WARNING PRODUCT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX WILL BEGIN ISSUING LOCAL DUST STORM WARNINGS USING THE SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT PRODUCT CATEGORY...WMO PRODUCT WWUS85. Non-VTEC ‘alerts’

13 Collaboration on Customized NWS Alerts/Advisories The vast majority of NWS ‘alerts’ follow pre-established protocols. However, mistakes or inconsistencies do create a “barrier” for entry into this space. VTEC does not cover every local or regional hazard. Ideally, it should. Somehow VTEC coding protocol needs to evolve with the changing hazards potential climate change can bring. When new products are needed, collaboration with “core partners” is requested to provide input and minimize public confusion. Concluding Remarks


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