Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


  1. Why should I use the NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS)?
  2. What are the different methods of receiving NWWS products?
  3. What steps are needed to receive the NWWS?
  4. What are the NWWS product formats?
  5. When will NWWS-2 be available?
  6. When will CAPv1.2 be available?
  7. If I can't receive NWWS by the two methods indicated, what other methods are available?

  1. Why should I use the NOAA Weather Wire Service (NWWS)?

  2. NWWS is the fastest delivery method to receive text alerts, warnings, advisories, and weather information from the National Weather Service (NWS). Alerts and warnings are available to the NWWS user within seconds of issuance.


  3. What are the different methods of receiving NWWS products?

  4. NWWS can be received over Satellite or the Internet “Open Interface.”

    See #7 below for other options.

  5. What steps are needed to receive the NWWS-2?

  6. Users must use SBN/NOAAPORT Channel 201 and Open Interface for high product availability.


    For NWWS-2 Satellite reception; a NOVRA S300 Satellite receiver (or similar); 1.8m dish (or larger); Low Noise Band (LNB); cabling and software for filtering the product stream, End User Client (EUC), see similar to configuration.html.


    For NWWS-2 Open Interface reception; access requested from NWS and software similar to EUC, Pidgin, or other XMPP reader. See configuration.html.


  7. What are the NWWS-2 product formats?

  8. NWWS products start as text based messages using the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) standard format (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/tg/head.php). Most dissemination methods leave the NWWS product format unchanged.

    CSC adds additional carriage returns and a few line feeds for printer operations (WMO +).


    NWWS RECEIVE METHOD

    STATUS

    FORMAT(s)

    Satellite; CSC

    available

    WMO +

    Satellite; SBN/NOAAPORT (PID 101-105)

    available

    WMO standard

    Satellite; SBN/NOAAPORT (PID 201)

    available

    WMO standard

    Family of Services (FOS) - TCP/IP

    available

    WMO standard

    CSC Internet Open Interface” -TCP/IP

    available

    WMO +

    NIDS; http://alerts.weather.gov

    available

    WMO standard, CAP v1.1, RSS and ATOM feeds

    NIDS; http://weather.gov

    available

    WMO standard, RSS and ATOM feeds

    NIDS; Open Interface

    Available

    WMO standard



  9. When will the NWWS-2 be available?

  10. NWWS-2 is the NWS Enterprise Solution for the next generation NWWS is available as of 1 April 2015.

     

  11. When will CAPv1.2 be available?
  12.  

    Common Alert Protocol (CAP) version 1.2 is available at this time. It's currently a WMO header wrapped message.

     

    These are the WMO Headers;

    XOAK57KWBC

    XOAK58KWBC

    XOAK59KWBC

    XOCA52KWBC

    XOGM50KWBC

    XOHW50KWBC

    XOUS51KWBC

    XOUS52KWBC

    XOUS53KWBC

    XOUS54KWBC

    XOUS55KWBC

    XOUS56KWBC

    XOXX55KWBC

    XOZS50KWBC


    More information on CAP v1.2 can be found at http://docs.oasis-open.org/emergency/cap/v1.2/CAP-v1.2.html

     

  13. If I can't receive NWWS by the methods indicated, what other methods are available to receive weather alerts?

    NWWS products can also be received over the following alternative methods;
    1. NWS SBN/NOAAPORT broadcast (PIDs 101-105)
    2. NWS Internet Dissemination System (NIDS) - http://alerts.weather.gov and http://weather.gov
    3. Emergency Manager's Weather Information Network (EMWIN) via GOES-E or GOES-W
    4. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR)
    5. NWS Family of Services (FOS); anonymous FTP (cannot have a 24x7 TCP/IP link)
    6. FEMA Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS); Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA)
    7. Other weather/alert provider: Internet
    8. Other weather/alert provider: satellite
    9. Other weather/alert provider: phone app
    10. County, State or Local alerts: phone or text