Thursday, 17 January 2002: 9:45 AM
Operational implementation of the NRL tropical cyclone web page at FNMOC
The tropical cyclone (TC) Web Page developed by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has been implemented operationally at Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center (FNMOC) to provide forecasters an efficient tool for global monitoring and forecasting of tropical cyclones. The TC Web Page obtains, fuses and distributes geostationary satellite data from various sources, such as GOES-8, GOES-10, GMS, Meteosat5 and Meteosat7, and passive microwave data from SSM/I and TRMM-TMI. To meet operational requirements at FNMOC, a fully automated system was designed and developed around the TC Web Page. This system includes an automated interface with the Automated Tropical Cyclone Forecast System (ATCF) and a satellite data sectorizing system. The data processing and publishing are conducted inside and outside of the FNMOC firewall respectively. A series of technical problems were resolved for transferring data across the firewall and reorganizing storm basins automatically when a renumbered, renamed, deleted and/or deactivated storm message is issued by forecasters via the ATCF. The TC Web Page is fully integrated with FNMOC's operational job monitoring and scheduling systems, communications systems and configuration management process. The TC Web Page is also being implemented on the Department of Defense's Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNET) for use on Navy ships, and on the open Internet for public use. The methods employed to implement a more efficient image triggering system, develop a more reliable Web page, and merge different sources data into a fully operational 24-hour/7-day TC monitoring site will be presented.
To view the current active storms and storm histories, visit the FNMOC TC Web Page at http://126.96.36.199/tc-bin/tc_home.cgi. Send any suggestions and questions to Mr. Jim Cornelius at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.