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March 24, 2020

GSD Team Helps Support the First UFS Release

A GSD team had a significant role in the first public release of the user-friendly Unified Forecast System (UFS) Medium-Range Weather Application on March 11. This accomplishment took outstanding dedication and cross-agency collaboration. We congratulate the team that has been on the front lines of this work:GSD: Ligia Bernardet, Curtis Alexande...

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March 18, 2020

NWS Forecasters Share Comments on Hazard Services Workflow

NWS forecasters gave a final evaluation to two Hazard Services project milestones during a workshop organized and held by GSD in February 2020. First, the NWS is working to consolidate the number of flooding products they issue and simplify flooding information that will be communicated to the public. Forecasters evaluated these consolidated hyd...

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February 12, 2020

Forecasters test technologies to allow warnings to follow storms continuously

The Global Systems Divsion (GSD) and NSSL are leading a “collaboration” experiment in the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed (HWT) February 10-14 and February 24-28. Participating teams of forecasters will test software called “Threats in Motion” (TiM) that helps them collaborate across NWS County Warning Area (CWA) boundaries. The implementation of...

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March 18, 2020

NWS Burlington, VT receives NOAA Heritage Grant to install SOS Explorer™

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Burlington, Vermont has received a NOAA Heritage grant to install the Global Systems Division’s Science On a Sphere - Explorer™ in the Burlington International Airport as part of their 70th-anniversary celebration. The project will expose over a million airport passengers and members of the p...

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March 18, 2020

GSD hosts forecasters to evaluate new Hazard Services products

Global Systems Division (GSD) researchers will host more than a dozen participants for an evaluation of the Hazard Services system this week (Feb 11-13) in the GSD Forecast Center. Hazard Services will modernize how National Weather Service (NWS) and National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) create forecasts, watches, and warnings. Th...

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February 11, 2020

GSD receives NWS approval for full implementation of the RAPv5/HRRRv4

GSD has received science approval from the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) to proceed with full operational implementation of the 13km Rapid Refresh version 5 and the 3km High-Resolution Rapid Refresh version 4 weather prediction models by mid-2020. This decision was made on Friday, December 20, 2019, after a period of stakeholder feedback i...

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