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CWSU Weather and Radar Processor (WARP) Graphical Products

     The in-house ARTCC weather processing software is called the Weather and Radar Processor (WARP). CWSU meteorologists use this as one of their primary briefing tools. The system also provides Briefing Terminals (BTs) which are located in each of the ARTCC specialty areas. Specialty areas are how the ARTCC is divided up for their area of responsibility and each specialty is further sub-divided into sectors.

Part of the daily routine for the CWSU meteorologist is to provide a "stand-up" briefing during the shift change for the supervisors of each specialty. The meteorologist prepares graphical briefing materials on the meteorologist workstation portion of the WARP. This graphical information outlining local or regional aviation weather hazards are also broadcast throughout the facility to each specialty's Briefing Terminal.

It is also important to note the specialty can tailor the products received on their Briefing Terminal in order to ensure they are getting detailed satellite, lightning, Pilot Reports (PIREPS) and radar information as well as the graphical forecast products from the CWSU. BTs may also display AIRMETs, SIGMETs, Severe Weather Watches and Warnings as well as CWAs as shown below.

Image showing the Briefing Terminal's capabilities. It is currently displaying the menu bars as well as AIRMETs, SIGMETs, Severe Weather Watches and Severe Weather Warnings and Center Weather Advisories

The following image shows a rough schematic of Anywhere ARTCC. The top portion of the image shows the aerial coverage of the facility as well as the internal divsions. The lower portion of the image shows how the information is distributed from the Meteorologist Workstation at the CWSU office to the Traffic Management Unit and the rest of the specialties in the facility.

Image showing a hypothetical Air Route Traffic Control Center aerial boundary, subdivisions and how the graphical weather information is distributed via WARP to the TMU and specialties in the ARTCC facility