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Public Information Statement 17-14

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

140 AM EDT Fri Apr 14 2017


TO:      Subscribers:

         -NOAA Weather Wire Service

         -Emergency Managers Weather Information Network


         Other NWS Partners, Users and Employees


FROM:    Mark Tew

         Chief, Analysis and Mission Support Division


SUBJECT: Updated: Exploring use of Facebook Live and Periscope

         Social Media Application through approximately

         August 31, 2017


Updated to include survey link and Product Description Document link:


Comments will be accepted via the following survey link:


The NWS is exploring the potential use of the Facebook Live and

Periscope applications (app) to carry out the NWS mission.

Periscope was tested in 2016 (see PNS below).


NWS will test the use of these Facebook Live as well as

Periscope through August 31, 2017. Both apps are social media

tools that allow users to provide live-streaming video and audio

content. NWS also will look at the potential for sharing

content provided by other Facebook Live and Periscope users to

provide information related to imminent hazardous weather

and/or educational information of value to the public.


Because exploring the use of these apps cannot be done outside

of the public Facebook Live and Periscope environment,

prototyping efforts will be publicly visible. Over the next

several weeks, prototype use of Facebook Live and Periscope will be

established for the following sites:


WFO Sacramento, CA                             

WFO Reno, NV

WFO Pocatello, ID

WFO Hanford, CA

WFO Eureka, CA

WFO Tucson, AZ

WFO Salt Lake City, UT

WFO Anchorage, AK

WFO Des Moines, IA

WFO Paducah, KY

WFO Springfield, MO

WFO Milwaukee, WI

WFO Kansas City/Pleasant Hill, MO

WFO Indianapolis, IN

RFC West Gulf

WFO Birmingham, AL

WFO Nashville, TN

WFO El Paso, TX                                

WFO Lake Charles, LA

WFO Pittsburgh, PA

WFO Charleston, SC

WFO Blacksburg, VA

WFO Charleston, WV

WFO Honolulu, HI

National Hurricane Center

Storm Prediction Center

NWS Director (no link available)


The period of prototyping is expected to last through

August 31, 2017. Based on the prototype findings, NWS will

determine whether to pursue use of Facebook Live or Periscope

at field offices. If NWS decides to pursue use of either app

and offer this service on a more consistent basis, we will

send another Public Information Notice initiating an experimental

public comment and review period.


Since is a prototype project, the use of these apps by NWS

may be discontinued at any time, the amount and content of

information provided may change, and the frequency of content

may vary and is not guaranteed.


Facebook Live and Periscope content and response to real-time

comments will be provided on a time-available basis. Users

should not rely on this service as the primary means of

receiving NWS information about hazardous weather conditions. 

Users should tune to NOAA Weather Radio or local/national media

sources for the latest critical information. NWS alerts and

warnings are also available on our official website:


Disclaimers regarding NWS use of social media services can be

found at:


If you have comments or questions regarding this public

information statement, please contact:


  Corey Pieper

  National Weather Service

  819 Taylor Street

  Fort Worth,TX 76102


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