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Home » News » Outcomes from the Hazard Services Summer 2021 Functional Assessment Test

Outcomes from the Hazard Services Summer 2021 Functional Assessment Test

September 13, 2021


GSL researchers hosted their fourth virtual Functional Assessment Test (FAT), evaluating next-generation Hazard Services capabilities. Hazard Services will modernize how the National Weather Service’s WFOs and National Centers create forecasts, watches, and warnings and consolidate these efforts into a single highly customizable software system.

Over 25,000 short-fuse convective weather products are issued by the NWS each year. This FAT allowed participants to see new severe weather products not viewed in Hazard Services before and provide feedback on the warning creation process and the product formats. These tests ensure a mature software and training program is in place before these mission-critical products are issued operationally for consumption by the public and across the weather enterprise.

During this FAT, forecasters used four AWS Cloud Instances with the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) and Hazard Services installed to evaluate the new workflows. New for this test, forecasters had access to four NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO) site configurations with historical radar data flowing in real-time so forecasters could track and issue warnings on thunderstorms, dust storms, and snow squalls just like they would in their office.

Participants offered their impressions:

The next FAT is expected to be fall/winter 2021-2022.