The Hazard Services works to integrate NWS hazard tools while fostering collaboration among stakeholders. Hazard Services works to provide comprehensive services for issuing timely and accurate hazard information while enabling two-way communication among all decision-makers.
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The goals of the Hurricane Forecast Improvement Program (HFIP) are to improve the accuracy and reliability of hurricane forecasts, to extend lead time for hurricane forecasts with increased certainty, and to increase confidence in hurricane forecasts. We contribute to this work through Web tools for model output visualization.
CAVE Annotation Tool
The CAVE Annotation Tool (CAT) is a graphic annotation capability designed for AWIPS II. It provides a wide range of annotation capabilities for creating web graphics and presentation material. It has many of the graphic capabilities of PowerPoint™ and additional capabilities such as the creation of animated graphics (gif) and the export of KMZ (Google Earth) display files.
FxCAVE system provides access to the display capability of an AWIPS workstation via the web. The system delivers NWS high-resolution gridded numerical weather prediction model data, surface observations, satellite imagery, and radar data from a central server to all the Geographic Area Coordination Centers (GACC) and at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). It has been running successfully as a demonstration for several years and is planned to be transitioned to operations.
The Ensemble Tool provides the capabilities to view and evaluate ensemble outout, including spaghetti and plume displays, simple statistics calculations, and pointwise polling. Legends tab of the Ensemble Tool displaying the mean surface temperature of the 21 GFS Ensemble members as an image field with a 95 degree contour overlayed.
GFE Forecast Monitor (GFM) is used to compare and monitor site observation vs. forecast pair, esp at METAR sites toward the goal of enhancing forecaster situational awareness.
GFE Grid Monitor (GM) compares GFE gridded data sets and presents graphics that represent summaries of those comparisons toward the goal of enhancing forecaster situational awareness.
The Forecaster Event Awareness Tool (FEAT) is to alert the forecaster via visual cues to weather events of significance within the forecast grids. The application window shows the occurrence of significant weather events with color. The small boxes, representing gridded forecast data, when color indicated show areas of the probability of significant weather events occurring. Rules defining significant weather events are used to process the forecast models grids. When the rule is satisfied, the grid box has a distinct color indication.
The Weather Archive and Visualization Environment, WAVE, cloud based system that archives meteorological data sets for quick and easy access. It is also a tool for making quick and easy professional content for briefings and IDSS content.
The Forecaster Decision Support Environment (FDSE) project explores new data management and processing capabilities to enhance situational awareness, allow forecasters to work more efficiently, and improve model ensemble capabilities in order to explore probabilistic forecast products.
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AWIPS II Workstation (A2) — For more than 30 years, GSD has researched and developed the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS), the cornerstone of the NWS Forecast Offices. AWIPS integrates weather, water, satellite, and radar data to help forecasters prepare and issue time-sensitive high-impact warnings.
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Archive (2009 and prior)
The Air Force Range Standardization and Automation (RSA) program has been supported for many years by GSD. A major goal of this work is to replace legacy systems with an integrated weather display, improving Launch Weather Officers' effectiveness and efficiency.