Here is a discussion of a hazard product, the warning message—a text product.
Note: Hazard Services is not yet operational, references are for introductory information only. The target release is AWIPS Operational Build 20.X.
The information in the local text products includes location-specific forecast parameters for each hazard that also includes what, where, when, how much, how long, and it will contain descriptions of potential impacts.
A development milestone was achieved with HS on 4/19/2019. An operational product was issued and transmitted from the NWS WFO Omaha (OAX) AWIPS HS. This was a real river flood product (or flood statement, called FLS) that was coordinated with the AWIPS Program Office, the AWIPS Network Control Facility (NCF), and NWS Central Region (CR) HQ. The transmission and dissemination was tracked to ensure it was distributed appropriately. This was the first end-to-end test of this type for HS. Everything worked well!
This test was one of several checks to prepare for the nation-wide deployment of HS in the future.
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This series of images shows the gritty details. Here is an example of a meteorological threat or warning identified in an NWS tool (GFE) and brought into the HS application. The warning used in the example is a "winter weather" hazard warning.
This image shows how the current AWIPS CAVE GFE user interface is used to identify and define a winter warning A), with controls (left side), and the associated display (right side).
In this image, on the left, B) shows the HS user interface. The defined winter hazard event is a winter storm warning. And, the image of a Winter Storm Warning text product on the right C) is an example of the type of warning message to be disseminated—a text product.