Analysis and Nowcast (0-18 Hour Forecast) Requirements of the National Weather Service: Discussion of the Field's Needs and Preliminary Results of the First Field Survey

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Room 18CD (ACC) (Austin, Texas)
Hosts: (Joint between the Town Hall Meetings; and the Eighth Conference on Transition of Research to Operations )
Young-Joon Kim, NWS, Analyze, Forecast and Support Office, Silver Spring, MD
Hendrik Tolman, NOAA, NOAA/NWS/OSTI, Silver Spring, MD; Bruce Smith, NWS, NWS/CR/SSD/STI, Gaylord, MI and Curtis R. Alexander, NOAA/ESRL/GSD, Boulder, CO

The National Weather Service (NWS) is increasing its focus on providing Impact-based decision support services, as called for in the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017.  To help ensure its analyses and short-term forecasts are meeting forecast service needs, NWS' new Analysis and Nowcast Branch of the Analyze, Forecast and Support Office is convening a Town Hall meeting with the broader weather community to discuss service requirements for the 0-18 hour forecasts.  Preliminary input from NWS field forecasters (including NWS WFOs and RFCs, Regional Offices and National Centers) will be reviewed as a basis for broader community input and discussion of basic user and partner requirements.

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