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Service Change Notice 12-13

National Weather Service Headquarters Washington DC

1116 AM EDT Wed Mar 21 2012


TO:       Subscribers:

          - Family of Services

          - NOAA Weather Wire Service

          - Emergency Managers Weather Information Network

          - NOAAPORT

          Other NWS Partners and NWS Employees


FROM:     Matthew Peroutka

          Chief, Product Generation Branch

          Office of Science and Technology


SUBJECT:  Discontinuance of the Experimental Recently

          Updated Grids Service (RUGS)


On Friday, April 20, 2012, beginning at 1200 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the experimental RUGS will be discontinued. In 2009, the NWS established an Internet service  that allowed users of the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD) to determine which files had been recently updated.  There has been little interest expressed in this service since its implementation. Moreover, recent hardware failures have made it impossible for the NWS to offer this service reliably.


If you have technical comments or questions, please contact:


Matthew Peroutka

National Weather Service

Meteorological Development Laboratory

301-713-1768 x144


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