Linking the forecasting needs to solutions of the Analysis and Nowcast (0-18 Hour Forecast) through the requirements of the National Weather Service

Wednesday, 15 January 2020: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
252A (Boston Convention and Exhibition Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the Town Hall Meetings; and the 10th Conference on Transition of Research to Operations )
Young-Joon Kim, NWS, Analyze, Forecast and Support Office, Silver Spring, MD and Mark A. Tew, NWS, Analyze, Forecast and Support Office, Silver Spring, MD
Young-Joon Kim, NWS, Analyze, Forecast and Support Office, Silver Spring, MD and Hendrik L. Tolman, NOAA/NWS/Office of Science and Technology Integration, EMC / Marine Modeling and Analysis Branch, College Park, MD
Bill Ward Jr., NWS, Pacific Region Headquarters/ESSD, Honolulu, HI; Vijay Tallapragada, NOAA/NWS/NCEP, Environmental Modelling Center, College Park, MD and Curtis Alexander, NOAA, Global Systems Division, Earth System Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO

The National Weather Service (NWS) is undertaking a new initiative to help improve US weather forecasting. This new process under the revised NWS Governance provides guidance to first collecting the forecasting needs from the field of operational forecasters, next developing requirements from the needs, and then delivering those requirements to developers who create solutions to meet those needs.  For 0-18 hour forecasting, however, this process has not yet been fully executed due to a lack of awareness and difficulty in imposing it, and obstacles to change the traditional way of developing solutions first. Challenges arise in consolidating the forecasting needs into requirements and passing those requirements to developers while ensuring this new process does not delay development schedules. The Analysis and Nowcast Branch of the Analyze, Forecast and Support Office is organizing a Town Hall Meeting to discuss ways to alleviate these issues and improve the NWS’ 0-18 hour forecasting.

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