1.1 Evolving NWS: A Weather Forecast Office's Role in Impact-Based Decision Support Services

Thursday, 22 June 2017: 8:30 AM
Salon II (InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza)
Linda Gilbert, NWS, Pleasant Hill, MO; and A. Bailey, D. Hawblitzel, and A. E. Pietrycha

Evolving NWS: A Weather Forecast Office’s Role in Impact-Based Decision Support Services

Linda Gilbert

National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill, MO


The National Weather Service (NWS) is undergoing an evolution to improve services for our partners and the community we serve. The Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Pleasant Hill, MO is exploring ways to meet the demand for increased Impact-Based Decision Support Services (IDSS). A major step in this direction is realigning duties of the staff by: (1) increasing the use of social media to ensure our message effectively communicates hazards to a diverse audience during critical weather events; and (2) deployment of staff members for on-site IDSS to support emergency managers. A critical component of this change is involvement by the staff, including working with the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) through programs such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Rotational Assignment Program (NRAP) and participation in the local Weather-Ready Nation Workgroup. The focus of this poster is on IDSS that the WFO provides, as well as efforts to increase communication with emergency managers and the larger community.

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